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Terminus (1961)

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

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Uncredited cast:
Margaret Ashcroft ...
Mother (uncredited)
Gertrude Dickin ...
Woman Asking About Train (uncredited)
Margaret Lacey ...
Elderly lady at lost property office (uncredited)
Matthew Perry ...
Little Lost Boy (uncredited)
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The movie follows the routine of a busy train station - London's Waterloo Station - making a brief yet important cultural portrait of 1960s 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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"Petite Valse de Concert'
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Music by Roger Barsotti
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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An honest view of an old documentary I saw
26 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

This fly on the wall-style documentary from 1961 won an Oscar for best documentary. It is about an average day in the life of a busy train station. By todays standards it looks dated but the camera work and pace of the film are quite ahead of their time. It doesn't go on and on like most boring docu's, but just shows us the facts, how they are (a family saying goodbye to a relative leaving on a train, a little boy who gets lost) and nothing more. We make up our own minds. It is easy to see where a lot of modern film-makers might have stolen their ideas from. Not a great film, but not a bad one either.


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