Room at the Top (1958)
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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.
beautifully lit with a very natural screenplay. very involving story with many interesting characters this is great and hasn't aged too much either
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 Award - Best Film
This movie ranks #12 in BAFTA Award - Best British Film
This movie ranks #32 in BFI's Top 100 British Films
This movie ranks #223 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #576 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #615 in Doubling the Canon
This movie ranks #638 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #730 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #761 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die