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Part of the London Lives Season 22 October 2014 02:30 PM


Director Compton Bennett
Writers Muriel and Sidney Box, Monckton Hoffe (story)
Year 1948
Starring Eric Portman, Ann Todd, Maxwell Reed
Admission Free admission
Location Birkbeck Cinema
43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD
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Eddie and Frankie live a seemingly idyllic life on a Thames barge in this atmospheric British film noir, although he has a mysterious other life and while he’s away he has a menacing Norwegian sailor to contend with. Drenched in gloom, with some evocative riverside scenes and abrasive relationships, this is 40s naturalism at its toughest – which led to a two-year delay in the film’s release due to the British censor’s unease over the grim secret at the heart of the story. It’s also an example of the writing and producing partnership between Muriel and Sidney Box that took their star, Ann Todd, in a dramatic new direction with The Seventh Veil (1945) and encouraged them to enter the bleak territory of Daybreak.

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