Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Karel Reisz directs Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field and Rachel Roberts in this British kitchen sink drama about a bolshy factory worker who carries on with his foreman’s wife.

Some stunning location work here of post-war industrial and boozing life. Finney delivers an iconic performance but it is Rachel Roberts’ stepping-out housewife who puts in the best shift. Alan Sillitoe adapts his own Angry Young Man novel, retaining a lot of the tough poetry and authenticity of his writing. That does mean the characters and dialogue can be a little forced and didactic at times but at its freest Saturday Night and Sunday Morning is still stark and vibrant cinema at 60 years old.


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