The movie follows the routine of an agitated train station - the Waterloo Station - making a brief yet important cultural portrait of the 1960's England, mixing reality and fiction.

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Woman Asking About Train (uncredited)
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Matthew Perry ...
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The movie follows the routine of an agitated train station - the Waterloo Station - making a brief yet important cultural portrait of the 1960's England, mixing reality and fiction.

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Most of the people in the film were real people going about their business. Margaret Ashcroft (a relative of director John Schlesinger and listed under her married name Margaret Perry), the handcuffed prisoners, and the confused elderly woman (Roland Curram's aunt Gertie) were among the handful of actors. See more »

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It Was All So Lovely
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Music by Ron Grainer
Lyrics by Julian Cooper and Michell Raper
Sung by Mike Shaun, Vernon Neptune, and The Don Riddell Singers
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TERMINUS {Short} (John Schlesinger, 1961) ***1/2
5 January 2014 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Often paired with the recently-viewed NIGHT MAIL (1936) – since both deal with trains – this one is clearly the superior film, however, for several reasons. To begin with is the fact that it keeps the commuters (each with their own more than literal baggage – more on this later), filling up Waterloo Station all day long, at its centre rather than concentrating extensively on the workings of the machinery (with flesh- and-blood individuals reduced to mere cyphers serving as the means to an end)! Also, being the award-winning debut of director Schlesinger – soon to be among the leading exponents of the British New Wave (itself a dated commodity, to be sure, but undeniably more appetizing) – events are filtered through with that distinctive sensibility (as opposed to emulating the Soviet style of montage)! Among the more memorable 'characters' on display are a young boy who goes missing in the terminus, an elderly lady complaining that a particular train she has been catching for years did not turn up on the day – while the station official attending her insists such a timetable never existed(!), and another woman way past her prime scrounging for food in the dust-bins littering (pardon the pun) the place.


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