In London, the twenty-seven year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband Denny. She joins the literature course in an ... See full summary »
For Alfie, the only real life is sex life; only then can he kid himself he is living. Sex is not used as the working-class boy's way to 'the top'. Executive status has no appeal for Alfie. Nor has class mobility. He is quite content to stay where he is, as long as the 'birds' are in 'beautiful condition', as he assures us they are in one of the candid, over-the-shoulder asides to the camera which the film carries over from "Tom Jones". The film shows how much of the 'swinging 60's' quality of London life was a male creation, and through the dominance of the fashion photographers, a male prerogative. Written by
The power station in the background where Humphrey gives his mother's gold ring to Gilda is the Lots Road Power Station with its original four chimneys, each 275 feet tall. Opened in 1905 to supply power to the newly electrified Underground railways, it was converted from coal to oil in the 1970s and due to the lower emissions from gas the numbers of chimneys needed was reduced, so two were removed. The station stopped generating power in 2002. See more »
Fly-wire visible on the guy who is thrown through the paneling at the end of the pub fight. See more »
My understanding of women only goes as far as the pleasure. When it comes to the pain I'm like any other bloke - I don't want to know.
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At the beginning of the film Michael Caine talks to camera and explains that there will be no opening credits. See more »
Alfie is a difficult film to come to terms with as it is most definately not what it seems. Its at its most base level is a movie about an arrogant womanising Jack the Lad, whose only virtue is his rogueism. However In my opinion it is an educated, witty, and ironic journey through the male ego during the sixties/seventies. Alfie is a tragic coming of age.
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