Karel Reisz-Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

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Karel Reisz-Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Karel Reisz-Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)
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In his first starring role, Albert Finney gained international acclaim for his impressive portrayal of Arthur Seaton, a rebellious factory worker who lives only for his wild, carefree nights at the pub. A remarkable and influential drama that captures the despair of working class life, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning is 'superbly enacted and one of the best of Britain's 'angry young men dramas of the 60s. The sights and sounds of industrial Nottingham resonate with a grimy thud as Arthur Seaton works his tedious factory job. Through ale, women and practical jokes, he vents his frustrations against the establishments of work and marriage until his reckless ways lead him to a night that changes his life. Forced to reevaluate his convictions, Arthur must decide exactly what he stands for. MGM.com

Karel Reisz-Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Karel Reisz-Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Karel Reisz-Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

The rebellious energy of post-war theatre's 'angry young man' erupted on screen in 1960 with Karel Reisz's radical drama Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. Arthur Seaton (Albert Finney), first seen amid the noise of a Nottingham factory, is a young labourer who just wants to get through the week and raise hell at the weekend: "All I want is a good time. The rest is propaganda". bfi.org.uk

Karel Reisz-Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Karel Reisz-Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Karel Reisz-Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Arthur (Albert Finney), one of Britain's angry young men of the 1960s, is a hardworking factory worker who slaves all week at his mindless job for his modest wages. Come Saturday night, he's off to the pub for a loud and rowdy beer session. With him is Brenda (Rachel Roberts), his girlfriend of the moment. Married to a fellow worker, she is nonetheless captivated by his rugged good looks and his devil-may-care attitude. Soon a new love interest Doreen (Shirley Ann Field) enters and a week later, Brenda announces she's pregnant. She tells Arthur she needs money for an abortion, and Arthur promises to pay for it. By this time, his relationship with Doreen has ripened and Brenda, hearing of it, confronts him. He denies everything, but it's obvious that their affair is all but over. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0054269/plotsummary)

Karel Reisz-Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Karel Reisz-Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Karel Reisz-Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Throughout the 1950s, a group of young British writers were referred to as "angry young men" because, in their novels and plays, they excoriated what they perceived to be the dominant materialistic values of their society following World War Two. They included playwrights John Osborne and Kingsley Amis and novelists John Braine, John Wain, and Alan Silitoe. This film is based on Silitoe's novel (same title) in which he focuses on Arthur Seaton (brilliantly portrayed by Albert Finney) who endures working in a factory all week so that he can afford to drink and chase women on Saturday evening. He lives (if that's the word) day-to-day, insisting "All I want is a good time. The rest is propaganda."

Karel Reisz-Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Karel Reisz-Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Karel Reisz-Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Arthur is intelligent enough to know how to indulge his vices but lacks the wisdom to understand that he is drinking and wenching away what few prospects he has to improve his situation. It is unclear whether or not Arthur really wishes to do so. While continuing an affair with Brenda (Rachel Roberts), the bored and restless wife of his friend Bert (Norman Rossington), Albert also becomes involved with Doreen Gretton (Shirley Ann Field) whose own ambitions seem limited to getting married and starting a family. Revealing to me is the fact that neither Arthur nor Brenda seems especially concerned about, much less rebellious against the limits imposed on them within their class-based industrial society.

Karel Reisz-Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Karel Reisz-Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Karel Reisz-Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Suffocation is one of the recurring themes in James Joyce's novels and short stories. I was reminded of that recently as I again observed Arthur's self-indulgent hedonism, indifference to the feelings of others, and callous betrayal of what little he has going for him. Sooner than he realizes, there will be only quiet evenings at home on Saturday. As for his Sundays, perhaps they will include a moment when he wonders where his youth went as he wearily looks ahead to another dreary week in the local factory. Yes, "the sun also rises…." And then, what will its harsh light reveal?