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Memoirs of a Survivor (1981)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Guard ...
Leonie Mellinger ...
Emily Mary Cartwright
Debbie Hutchings ...
Victorian Father
Pat Keen ...
Victorian Mother
Georgina Griffiths ...
Victorian Emily
Christopher Tsangarides ...
Victorian Son
Mark Dignam ...
Alison Dowling ...
Janet White
John Franklyn-Robbins ...
Prof. White
Rowena Cooper ...
Mrs. White
Barbara Hicks ...
Woman on Waste Ground
John Comer ...
Man Delivering Emily
Adrienne Byrne ...


'D' is a chronicler of a society in chaos, who looks down on the marauding gangs, and rubbish-strewn streets from the fortress prison of her flat. Buffeted by inner dreams and longings, D finds an alternative world by stepping through the wall of her flat, like Alice through the Looking Glass. Here it is Victorian England, the bosom of an unsettled family, harbingers, perhaps, of the decay to come. She flits between the two sides of her double life, always observing, never participating, and watches as her protégé, Emily, becomes involved with vagrants' leader Gerald and their efforts to control the violent scavengers fail. Written by alfiehitchie

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The film was made and released about seven years after its source novel of the same name by Doris Lessing was first published in 1974. See more »

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Psychological Philosophical Thriller - if indeed there is such a genre
22 April 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Mobia and Jon F (above) describe this movie pretty well. It is a deeply 'philosophical' piece, which sounds an awfully elitist thing to say I know, but it is a movie that demands a reflection upon what it means to be human and the sorts of relationships that bind humans together. It may also be called 'psychological' in that it examines intra-psychic conflicts as well - particularly from the female perspective (which I am not) and that is powerful. It is based in an era of social decay and reminded me of Hobbes where life is "nasty, brutish and short", where humans have been reduced to animals, where the bonds of humanity have been stretched. Is this what we are to become? Is this what we really are? I loved it. It haunted me. I became a Doris Lessing fan after this and have just finished the book. No exploding cars for those that love that sort of thing.

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