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Four In The Morning

Four In The Morning

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Four In The Morning Drama which follows the parallel stories of two couples in crisis and their connection to a drowned woman found in a river.

This ‘lost’ movie cries out to be seen

Four in the Morning was one of the key British kitchen-sink movies of the sixties and yet today it is virtually unknown and very little seen. It was basically a ‘small’ picture, (I first saw it on the bottom half of a double-bill with Peter Watkins’ “The War Game”, telling two stories, both involving young women, and set in London, (whereas most kitchen-sink films were set in the ‘grim’ North), unfolding over the course of one night. There is a third story of sorts, a kind of documentary in which the body of a young woman is taken from the Thames. Could this be one of the woman we’ve met in the other stories? The writer/director was Anthony Simmons who, despite living to the age of 93, had a very short career in cinema, (he moved onto television), and the women in question were Ann Lynn and a young Judi Dench who won a BAFTA as Most Promising Newcomer. It’s a sad little film with no respite from the gloom and you wonder what audience Simmons had in mind, (when I first saw it there were only two of us in the cinema), and at times it’s more in keeping with something made for television though personally I think it’s more redolent of something Antonioni might have done, (there are moments when Ann Lynn is a dead ringer for Monica Vitti). Either way, it certainly didn’t deserve its fate and it cries out to be seen.

Undeservedly overlooked kitchen sink drama

Strong performances and haunting visuals (such as the final shot of the Thames) paint an involving human drama. It’s bleak, it’s not fun, but it is a taut example of kitchen sink. A haunting early score by John Barry (Bond, Dances With Wolves) and a superb thespian performance by a young Judi Dench stand out.


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