Crime and Punishment: Close-Up on "Brighton Rock"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. John Boulting's Brighton Rock (1947) is showing December 23, 2017 - January 22, 2018 on Mubi in the United States. There’s a shadow cast over the sun-kissed, seaside resort of Brighton. In 1935, a vulnerable time between two world wars, a noirish stain of violent gangsterdom has contaminated the fun and frivolity of the town’s tourist trade. But that’s largely behind the scenes. In Brighton Rock, a distinctive 1947 British feature, the slums that harbor such murderous criminality are kept under wraps, cloaked by the blinding, warm, soaking sun. Based on Graham Greene’s 1938 novel of the same name, and directed by John Boulting (producing duties went to Boulting brother Roy, though the two would often switch roles for other films), this superb picture discloses with penetrating clarity an emotional street life teeming beneath the veneer of amusement park gaiety.This concealed corruption is made semi-public,
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