Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)


Teen alienation and apathy had been glamourised in movies at least since the heyday of Jimmy Dean, but this British New-Wave entry by Tony Richardson took to the topic with a stark, kitchen-sink approach. The acute pessimism of the ending remains provocative and sobering. And Tom Courtenay's lead performance is unnervingly unaffected.

dir: Tony Richardson
wr: Alan Sillitoe
ph: Walter Lassally
cast: Tom Courtenay, Michael Redgrave, Avis Bunnage, Alec McCowen, James Bolam, Joe Robinson, Dervis Word, Topsy Jane, Julia Foster


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