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The L-Shaped Room (1962)

 -  Drama  -  20 November 1962 (UK)
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Jane, a young French woman, pregnant and unmarried, takes a room in a seedy London boarding house, which is inhabited by an assortment of misfits. She considers getting an abortion, but is ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Anthony Booth ...
Youth in Street
Avis Bunnage ...
Patricia Phoenix ...
Verity Edmett ...
Jane II
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Cicely Courtneidge ...
Harry Locke ...
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Ellen Dryden ...
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Emlyn Williams ...
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Jennifer White ...
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Gerry Duggan ...
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Joan Ingram ...
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Mark Eden ...
Terry
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Jane, a young French woman, pregnant and unmarried, takes a room in a seedy London boarding house, which is inhabited by an assortment of misfits. She considers getting an abortion, but is unhappy with this solution. She falls into a relationship with Toby, a struggling young writer who lives on the first floor. Eventually she comes to like her odd room, and makes friends with all the strange people in the house. But she still faces two problems: what to do with her baby, and what to do with Toby. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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baby | misfit | abortion | pregnant | writer | See more »

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"Sex is not a forbidden word!"

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The Smiths open their album 'The Queen Is Dead' with the scene of the character Mavis leading a chorus of "Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty." See more »

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Toby and Jane wait to cross a road as marchers go by. Toby is smoking a fresh cigarette. When they cross, his cigarette is gone and his hand is in his pocket. See more »

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Mountain Desperadoes
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Music by Paul Sawtell
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My brief review of the film
27 September 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

A very unusual but also very compelling and fascinating film, there is little given plot to it, with events occurring without any warning, and this actually makes it rather exciting as one never knows exactly what to expect from it. The directing work by Forbes is simply beautiful, with attention to shadows, lighting and camera angles, plus some effective close-ups. The extent of the unpredictability is a little over-the-top, and it is not the most satisfying film out there, especially at a rather generous two-hour length. However, for something different for a change, this is top quality film-making, helped out also by an Oscar nominated performance by Leslie Caron, who is dazzlingly believable in the main role.


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