Room at the Top (1959)
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beautifully lit with a very natural screenplay. very involving story with many interesting characters this is great and hasn't aged too much either
A superb film that ushered in the new-wave of British "kitchen sink" dramas in the early 1960s - in fact along with "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning" it's probably the best. Laurence Harvey unfortunately struggles with his northern accent throughout but otherwise gives a great, conflicted (Oscar nominated) performance, maintaining our sympathy against the odds, but it's Simone Signoret who really delivers the goods - a great, multi-faceted (Oscar winning) performance. The acting, combined with a great screenplay based on John Braine's novel, Jack Clayton's direction and Freddie Francis' superb B&W cinematography - makes it highly recommended.
Lame start but catches up very good. Very involving towards the end. Simone Signoret is just wonderful.
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This movie ranks #12 in BAFTA - Best Film
This movie ranks #32 in BFI 100
This movie ranks #223 in Academy Award Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #572 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #638 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #738 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
This movie ranks #765 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die