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Room at the Top (1959)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  22 January 1959 (UK)
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An ambitious young accountant schemes to wed a wealthy factory owner's daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman.

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The English factory town is dreary but Joe Lampton has landed a job with a future. To have something to do at night he joins a theatrical group. His boss's daughter Susan is playing ingenue roles on stage and in real life. She is attracted to Joe and Joe thinks about how much faster he will get ahead if he is the boss's son-in-law. This plan is complicated by his strong desire to be with an older woman who also belongs to the theatrical group. She is French and unhappily married. Joe believes he can get away with seeing both women. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess,com>

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A Motion Picture So Frankly Physical...So Boldly Unashamed...We Recommend It to Adult Audiences Only! See more »

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This was essentially the first British film to openly depict adultery and suggest that sex was an enjoyable act. Naturally this landed it in hot water with the censors who initially refused to give it a release certificate. It eventually acquired an X certificate and went on to become a major box office success, opening the floodgates for more adult fare. See more »

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It should be noted that the book was first published in 1957 in the UK. It was meant to depict the post-war class, social and economic structures still in place across Britain after the time. 1947 is not the year in which the story takes place. See more »

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[last lines]
Susan Brown: Joe, wasn't it absolutely the most wonderful wedding? Now we really belong to each other, till death us do part. Darling, you're crying! I believe you really are sentimental after all.
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The Wedding March
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Wonderful Simone Signoret
4 November 2007 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Set in an English factory town, "Room At The Top" tells the story of an ambitious, blue-collar cad named Joe Lampton (Laurence Harvey), the film's anti-hero, attracted to two women. One woman is his boss's daughter; ergo, she is his ticket to a bright financial future. The other is an older woman named Alice (Simone Signoret).

The script trends in the direction of melodramatic soap opera, with emphasis on character development. It's rather talky. And the plot is somewhat slow. On the other hand, because of the way in which sexual relationships are portrayed, the script was a bit ahead of its time. The story has a lot to say about individual sacrifice.

The film's naturalistic, B&W lighting is fine. Background music is nondescript and unimportant. The most significant element of the film, perhaps, is the high quality of acting. Both Donald Wolfit and Hermione Baddeley give really fine performances in support roles. But, of course, the real reason to see "Room At The Top" is to marvel at the outstanding performance of Simone Signoret, who won the Oscar for Best Actress in a lead role.

Although this is not my kind of film, it is very well made. It's an important film, both for its avant-garde sexual content and for the acting achievement of wonderful Simone Signoret.


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