Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Forgotten Movies: ROOM AT THE TOP

I am a sucker for these old British movies from the fifties and sixties. This reminds me a bit of AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY except it's a British one.
A young man gets a good job in a mill town after completing his WW 2 service. Two women enter his life. One is the daughter of a town bigwig, who sees little to like in the young man. The other is an older woman, married, with a brute of a husband. Harvey is perfect in the role and Signoret won an Oscar for her part. She is sad and seductive. Quite a good movie if a hair long. And it is hard to see why Harvey, even initially, was so seduced by the younger woman. She is ordinariness personified but maybe that's what he needs. 

7 comments:

Jeff Meyerson said...

It's been decades since I've seen it and I only remember the basic outline. I've never found Harvey to be a very sympathetic actor.

Apparently, the film also won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar.

pattinase (abbott) said...

And he is not meant to be sympathetic here. But the two women are more sympathetic.

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