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.
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.