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Portrait of a Sinner (1959)
"The Rough and the Smooth" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  October 1959 (UK)
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Young blonde woman seems to destroy everyone she comes in contact with.

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Ila Hansen
Tony Britton ...
Mike Thompson
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Reg Barker
Natasha Parry ...
Margaret Goreham
Norman Wooland ...
David Fraser
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Lord Drewell
Tony Wright ...
Jack
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Jane Buller
Joyce Carey ...
Mrs. Thompson
John Welsh ...
Dr. Thompson
Martin Miller ...
Michael Ward ...
Headwaiter
Edward Chapman ...
Willy Catch
Norman Pierce ...
Barman
Beatrice Varley ...
Hotel Manager
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Young blonde woman seems to destroy everyone she comes in contact with.

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"Only when you are with me...can you feel alive ...I promise you everything except tomorrow." See more »

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Portrait of a Sinner  »

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Freddie Francis initially was DoP, but was replaced by Otto Heller. See more »

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Reg Barker: That kind of a guy always kills me
Ila Hansen: You kill so easily, Reg. You're like a kid
Reg Barker: Well at least I'm not a mixed up one. It's no sin to get a kick out of things. For instance, I get one hell of a kick out of just watching you two kids. I've had enough sex to last me a lifetime, so what do I do, sit back in a wheelchair and rot? Nah, not me. I stay young just watching you two. Go on, Mike give her a kiss
Ila Hansen: Reg!
Reg Barker: Give me something to watch
Mike Thompson: It'll be a pleasure
[he kisses her]
Reg Barker: [to the waiter] Doesn't that ...
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Symphony No.6 (The Pathetique)
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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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The Dull and the Dreary
20 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Made when it was becoming fashionable for British films to include a leading continental actress, as well as the more usual fading American star, this was also able to take advantage of the BBFC's more relaxed approach to the depiction of sexual relations in the wake of the previous year's ROOM AT THE TOP. Supposedly: "The most daring Drama of Sex and Passion ever filmed" or so it was claimed at the time, it must also be one of the dullest.

It's a ploddingly told tale of an archaeologist having second thoughts on his proposed marriage to the niece of a Press baron and embarking on a passionate affair with a beautiful but damaged German woman, able to offer sex but not emotional commitment following her harrowing rape as a teenager. There is much pointless conversation and scenes that go nowhere, such as the fanciful plan to locate the Ark. Halfway through, William Bendix turns up to add some welcome colour, but he's given too little to do. Tony Britton plays the poorly-written role of the archaeologist as well as anyone could but Nadja Tiller can't do much with the difficult part of the enigmatic Ila. Donald Wolfit is fun as the owner of a scandal sheet, full of the self-serving pompous humbug about his "duty" to expose others' private lives, that typifies such types. Most of the characters though are as artificial as the plot.


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