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Complete credited cast:
Mercedes Quadros ...
Amelia
Míka van Bloemen ...
Mike Sniver
Helen Ulman ...
The Artist's Model
E. Collins ...
The Stallholder
Elisha Manasseh ...
The Artist
Helen May ...
The Dancing Teacher
Nicolas O'Brien ...
The Brother
Evangaline Averre
W. Jones
Chlöe Forbes
Den Robinson
The Pupils of St. Anne's School Vauxhall
Rock Averse ...
The Wonder Dog
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A young girl (Amelia) is distressed and feeling guilty about losing the wings she was to wear in her school play. Then she notices an angel and follows the angel into a dark building. Upstairs in the attic, bathed in heavenly light, is an artist's model - the ANGEL. The painter ascends a ladder until he is out of shot - supposedly to heaven-and reappears to restore Amelia's joy with a pair of wings. Written by ARCHIE MOORE <ar.moore@student.qut.edu.au>

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One of the earliest efforts from future notorious director Ken Russell, AMERLIA AND THE ANGEL is a short, sweet effort about a little girl wandering the streets of London, looking for a replacement for her damaged angels's wings. This is an allegoric effort with heady religious overtones, but it's also rather atmospheric, with good use of stock sound on the soundtrack for effect and plenty of effort gone into the cinematography.

It's also rather a slight piece, with virtually zero storytelling and a narrative that plays out in a matter-of-fact way. But the protagonist is likable and Russell manages to evoke drama from the slightest moment. The moody black and white photography brings to mind the German Expressionist movement of some forty years previously.


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