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The Filming Of Saturday Night And Sunday Morning - 1960

Illustrated London News
Saturday 12th November 1960

Albert Finney, who is appearing in "Saturday Night And Sunday Morning"
(British Lion)

There is certainly more honesty in "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning", a far from edifying saga of Nottingham faithfully adapted by the author himself from Alan Sillitoe's highly successful novel of the same name.

The film has the faults of the novel: it has an exposition rather than a plot: it has no immediate significance and no kind of satisfactory ending. It is the unsparing, unalleviated story of a factory - hand, a bicycle-maker, whose ideal of living is to get sick-drunk every weekend and make lengthy love to the wives of his workmates at every ready opportunity.

But there is, as I have said, a kind of honesty about this film's blunt realism. This springs partly from the direction of Karel Reisz, who catches the authentic atmosphere of Nottingham, and partly from Albert Finney's quite outstanding and amiable portrait of the un-amiable Arthur.

Our Critics Choice:
Alan Dent writes: “In the film made from Alan Sillitoe's best-selling novel, 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning,' the new 'wonder boy,' Albert Finney, certainly has the ball at his feet, and it will be interesting to see where and how he kicks it. He has an odd kind of aggressive charm which served him well even in so difficult a part as Macbeth (at Birmingham over two years ago); and since then he has played Shakespeare at Stratford-on-Avon and understudied Laurence Olivier there. The part of Arthur Seaton - a kind of Nottingham Don Juan - could not have suited Mr Finney better if Mr Sillitoe had written his novel with this particular young actor in mind. This British Lion film began an obviously prosperous career on October 26 at the Warner Theatre."

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