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Who's Who (6 Feb. 1979)

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Slice-of-life look at class divisions among employees at a brokerage house.

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Richard Kane ...
Alan
Joolia Cappleman ...
April
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Kevin
Adam Norton ...
Giles
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Nigel
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Anthony
Catherine Hall ...
Samantha
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Caroline
Jeffry Wickham ...
Francis (as Jeffrey Wickham)
Souad Faress ...
Samya
David Neville ...
Lord Crouchurst
Richenda Carey ...
Lady Crouchurst
Lavinia Bertram ...
Nanny
Francesca Martin ...
Selina
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Miss Hunt
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Slice-of-life look at class divisions among employees of a brokerage house. Alan, with his portrait of the Queen and love of the peerage; his wife April, who raises cats; youthful and pretentious friends Nigel, Giles, and Anthony, who gather for a wine-soaked dinner party with the chatty and risque Samantha and the mousy Caroline; the plummy Lord and Lady Crouchurst, in a spot of bother needing the help of Francis, a senior partner, to assist with the family's cash flow. Alan comes home from work to find Mr. Shakespeare doing a photo shoot of one of April's cats and a wealthy stranger, Miss Hunt, waiting to purchase one. His instincts for sycophantic palaver kick in. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Avoiding the trappings of protagonist plots and overt controversy, Leigh instead opens a curtain to British life and lets the camera roll. In "Who's Who", we get a glimpse into the lives of three classes, all connected by their workplace at a brokerage house. At the top is a wealthy partner who busies himself cleaning up the messes of his idle rich clients. Then there's the educated middle class, too young to be given the reins yet ready to assume the mantle with their Received Pronunciation and distaste for their working class peers. At the bottom is the middle-aged codger who ironically worships the ground trodden by the peerage. His banal wife raises cats and bores everyone within earshot.

Like all Leigh films, the performances are almost wholesale improvisation. His talented coterie of actors are brilliant. You feel you are watching a documentary rather than a play. This film may prove trite or boring to those unfamiliar with Leigh, so I'd recommend watching "Naked", "Secrets and Lies" or "Career Girls" prior to more subtle bits like "Who's Who".


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