Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Countries & Regions: United Kingdom
Length: 102 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 17 May 2004
Cat No: 3711505973
Hard of Hearing Subtitles: English
Screen ratio 1:1.78
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Tiger Bay (1959) (Special Edition)
Cast: John Mills , Horst Buchholz , Hayley Mills , Meredith Edwards , Megs Jenkins , Yvonne Mitchell , Rachel Thomas , George Pastell , Anthony Dawson , Marianne Stone , Paul Stassino , Marne Maitland , George Selway , Shari , Brian Hammond
Polish seaman Korchinsky (Horst Buchholz) shoots his girlfriend dead in a fit of jealous rage. The murder is witnessed by 12-year-old... Read More
Contemporaneous with The 400 Blows, this offers an interesting take on similar themes. Namely the loss of innocence and how a child sees the world. The location shooting gives a fascinating glimpse of Cardiff in the late fifties, with gloomy tenement blocks, children playing out in the street and newly arrived immigrants from the Caribbean. There's a delightful scene when Ginnie (Hayley Mills) watches a wedding party spilling out of a terraced house on to the street, moving her body to the calypso the revellers are singing. She beams, taking a simple delight.
The relationship between her and the Polish sailor who finds himself drawn into a situation of ambiguity is well developed. She serves to offer the prospect of redemption. The two characters share a night together as friends, the Bucholz character treating her as an equal. Her tomboyishness, her jeans, T-shirt and androgynous features serve to elide any eroticism.
The film is about imagination, how adults and children perceive the world differently and about how growing up means seeing the world in a particular way. Not the way you perhaps want to see things. Its about truth, what we mean by truth.
Serious themes, nonetheless addressed with humour. A delight for fans of British cinema and surely one of the best child performances on film from the then thirteen year old Hayley Mills.