Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Screening on Film
Directed by Karel Reisz.
With Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field, Rachel Roberts.
UK, 1960, 35mm, black & white, 89 min.
Print source: HFA

"Don’t let the bastards grind you down" became the clarion call for a generation of angry young men who embraced this seminal work of the British New Wave. Based on a novel by Alan Sillitoe, the film stars Albert Finney as a defiant factory worker rallying against an oppressive class structure in 1950s Nottingham. When his reckless romantic pursuits get him into trouble, he must choose between his boisterous carousing and a more conventional life. Director Karel Reisz (who passed away last year) uses documentary-style realism to chronicle everyday life in industrial Britain and intimate close-ups to offer privileged access to the human sentiment beneath these harsh exteriors.

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