Woman in a Dressing Gown DVD
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Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Produced in 1957
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
Yvonne Mitchell plays a housewife facing divorce in J Lee Thompson's proto-kitchen sink drama - a fine precursor to the social realist milestones of 1960s British film, writes Julian Upton.
‘Why not a movie about illicit love? ... It’s real, it happens – and it’s a great picture.’
Amy (Yvonne Mitchell) is an affably chaotic housewife, content to scamper into middle age doting, in her own haphazard way, on her husband (a persuasive Anthony Quayle) and teenage son. So when hubby confronts her and demands a divorce, her world is turned upside down. Attempts to win him back only backfire: she pawns her engagement ring for an expensive hair-do, only to have it flattened by rain, then comes off worst in a bout with a whisky bottle. There are light touches here but they don’t offset the film’s uncomfortable premise: Amy’s 20 thankless years as a wife and mother have rendered her insignificant to the point of invisibility. ‘When you see the same person every day, you don’t see them at all,’ admits her husband.
Scripted by Ted Willis and directed by the dependable J Lee Thompson, this slice of proto-kitchen sink drama is a worthy precursor to the social realist milestones of sixties British cinema.
Julian Upton on 16th July 2012
Author of 150 reviews
'Why not a movie about illicit love? ... It's real, it happens - and it's a great picture.'
Yvonne Mitchell won a Silver Bear at Berlin for her portrayal of a worn-down middle-aged woman who is shocked to discover that her husband (Anthony Quayle), who she thought was content in their marriage, has become infatuated with a beautiful younger woman (Sylvia Syms) and is planning to leave his family for her. Shocked by Jim's request, Amy vows to change her slovenly ways, setting out to win back the man she loves, whatever it takes.
Length: 94 mins
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Cat No: OPTD2359
Format: DVD B&W
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