Basil Dearden’s London Underground

This is why I love this job. Criterion has a great thing going with their bare-bones Eclipse line, and after introducing the masses to documentarian Allan King last year, they’ve released four excellent films by British genre auteur Basil Dearden, and I had the pleasure of reviewing the set for Slant. His London Underground films only span from 1959-1962, but this short time period in Dearden’s career produced an output of stunning thematic weight and stylistic tenacity. My favorite of the bunch is Victim, from 1961, a brilliant expose on bigotry and homophobia, but each film is worth watching.


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