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Part of the London Lives Season 08 October 2014 02:30 PM

Waterloo Road

Director Sidney Gilliat
Writers Val Valentine, Sidney Gilliat
Year 1945
Starring John Mills, Stewart Granger, Alastair Sim
Admission Free admission
Location Birkbeck Cinema
43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD

A serving soldier (Mills) learns that one of the local spivs (Granger) is seeing his wife (Joy Shelton) and goes AWOL to seek revenge. Released in the closing months of the war, the film dealt with an unheroic but important part of the wartime experience of many as families were separated by long absences and temptation came in many forms. Interesting to reflect that while Italian neo-realism was about to become make waves in cinema, Gilliat’s home-grown realism was exploring the environs of Waterloo Station and ‘The Cut’, with its amusement arcades, dance hall, tea shop and tattoo parlour (prop. Wylie Watson, in another fine cameo performance).

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