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Amelia and the Angel (1958)

| Short | 1958 (UK)
A young girl (Amelia) is distressed and feeling guilty about losing the wings she was to wear in her school play. Then she notices an angel and follows the angel into a dark building. ... See full summary »

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Ken Russell

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Ken Russell, Anthony G. Evans (as Tony Evans) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Mercedes Quadros Mercedes Quadros ... Amelia
Míka van Bloemen Míka van Bloemen ... Mike Sniver (as Mika Van Bloemen)
Helen Ulman Helen Ulman ... The Artist's Model
E. Collins E. Collins ... The Stallholder
Elisha Manasseh Elisha Manasseh ... The Artist
Helen May Helen May ... The Dancing Teacher
Nicholas O'Brien Nicholas O'Brien ... The Brother (as Nicolas O'Brien)
Evangaline Averre Evangaline Averre
W. Jones W. Jones
Chlöe Forbes Chlöe Forbes
Don Robinson Don Robinson ... (as Den Robinson)
Rock Averse Rock Averse ... The Wonder Dog (as Rock Averse)
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A young girl (Amelia) is distressed and feeling guilty about losing the wings she was to wear in her school play. Then she notices an angel and follows the angel into a dark building. Upstairs in the attic, bathed in heavenly light, is an artist's model - the ANGEL. The painter ascends a ladder until he is out of shot - supposedly to heaven-and reappears to restore Amelia's joy with a pair of wings. Written by ARCHIE MOORE <ar.moore@student.qut.edu.au>

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Amelia i aniol See more »

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Atmospheric early short film from Ken Russell
26 October 2014 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

Amelia and the Angel is a charming short feature from future infant terrible director Ken Russell. It's a very low budget film with no synchronised sound. Instead, the soundtrack is made up of library music, occasional real sounds and some basic narration. Lack of sound sync is always a bit of a problem in any film but in some ways it adds a layer of dream-like detachment that adds something to the film's atmosphere. Russell also manages to conjure up some interesting imagery throughout the piece.

The story focuses on a little girl called Amelia who, against her teacher's instruction, takes home the angel wings given to her for her school play. They end up hopelessly damaged and she is forced to wander through London looking for a replacement set. By the end she has gained redemption for her act. It's a simple set-up but one that remains interesting throughout. There isn't very much in it that indicates Russell's future direction as a film-maker but it's a nicely ambient little tale all the same.


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