Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Reisz, 1960)

A fascinating film, beautifully realizing themes of youthful anger, frustration, and confidence through the stunning physicality of a young Albert Finney. The black and white visuals are crisp and well composed, but your eye can’t leave Finney’s Arthur, a handsome, morally ambiguous blue collar worker whose desire to rebel from the status quo feels authentic and warranted, even if unwise to his health. Also, I love films shot entirely on location, and director Karel Reisz uses England’s industrial landscape as a conflicting frame to Finney’s need for freedom from society’s pressures.

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