Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Brighton Rock (1947)



Wracked with religious guilt and anxieties of inadequacy (both sexual and political) on a Napoleonic level, Attenborough makes a perfect noir protagonist. He combines the boyish good looks of Farley Granger and the psychopathic placidity of Richard Widmark, but also brings a deeply rooted spirituality that offers no easy solutions and only complicates his psyche even more. Thank goodness Greene came on board to co-write the script with Terence Rattigan: like a good Catholic, Greene ensures that punishment outweighs the possibility of redemption...

Read the full review here at The L Magazine.

2 comments:

Paul Brazill said...

Top piece.One of my fave films. 'Dickie' is great in this, as he is in 10 Rillington Place & Seance On A Wet Afternoon. Good call!

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