A celebration of working class leisure activities at Hindle, Lancashire, during "Wakes Week", an annual week still observed in parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire when all factories and ... See full summary »
A five-person team of gold prospectors in the Yukon has just begun to enjoy great success when one of the members snaps, and suddenly kills two of the others. The two survivors, a husband ... See full summary »
Quino is a Mexican diver that discovers a pearl at the bottom of the sea. He and his wife Juana, and their son have just taken possession of a pearl that is worth thousands. Everyday people... See full summary »
María Elena Marqués,
Edwin, a taxi driver, lives with Annie, a neurasthenic model. They plan to spend Sunday at the Nikolassee beach with Wolfgang, an officer, gentleman, antiquarian, gigolo, at the moment a ... See full summary »
A celebration of working class leisure activities at Hindle, Lancashire, during "Wakes Week", an annual week still observed in parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire when all factories and schools take a holiday. Written by
Michael Crew <email@example.com>
HINDLE WAKES (1927) Maurice Elvey's version of the controversial story set during a workers holiday week in Lancashire. Several other versions followed but this is apparently the most notable. Often cited as the start of the British cinema's characteristic strain of social realism which pervades so many later films - Powell & Pressburger providing the main creative island of respite - this one has some convincing opening shots documenting the workers in their mills and then off to Blackpool for their holidays. WAKES' story is mostly the familiar, melodramatic one of poor girl 'led astray' by rich man and suffers from a long middle section containing all the expected moralistic, and now dated, chest beating about the perils of natural fun outside marriage. What entirely redeems the film from this fossil nose dive is the character of the heroine, Fanny (Estelle Brody, later to appear in TV's THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES, of all things) who ultimately is entirely unrepentent towards her days of sexual indiscretion in Llandudno, and even dismisses the affair as just a "little fancy" before leaving home to seek freedom elsewhere. Slightly shocking, when seen in context of the times, even today.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?