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A Kind of Loving

A Kind of Loving

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A Kind of Loving  A young man, inching his way up from working-class traditions via a white-collar job, finds himself trapped by the frightening reality of his girlfriend’s pregnancy and is forced into marrying her and moving in with his mother-in-law due to a housing shortage in their Northern England town.

It’s dark,damp,and depressing oop north – brilliant!

A Kind of Loving  Hormonal trainee draughtsman Alan Bates fancies nice-but-dim typist June Ritchie.Er,that’s about it really.Formula kitchen sink plot,sub-sub John Osborne/John Braine characters.Sit and watch it in the 3/9d seats whilst stuffing your face with Smith’s crisp(watch out for the little blue bag containing salt) and smoking your “Strand”.Turn off your brain and put your hand on your girl friend’s knee.Well,that’s what I did in 1963,but after about 3 minutes screen time I realised I was watching something exceptional.Somehow John Schlesinger had turned this sow’s ear into a beautifully observed,moving life-affirming work of art. As an entity this film is so much better than the sum of its parts. The plaintive brass band music adds immeasurably to the atmosphere. June Ritchie is heartbreaking as the naive Ingrid and Alan Bates gives what is arguably his best film performance. The exteriors are well-chosen,the photography elegaic. All the elements for a clichefest are present,but,dammit,it turns into a tour de force.

Boy oh boy

This is a wonderful exploration of a young man’s misgivings about being attached. It explores issues of manhood and love with great sincerity and sensitivity. Alan Bates is at his best here and the whole cast hits the mark under a careful eye. I think it is optimistic in its depiction, but most of all honest. The language is impeccable. How can you go wrong with lines such as “I am your husband if you did but know it”? Whistle Down the Wind is another with Bates in top form. Worth a look.


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