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A House in Bayswater (1960)

A personal and nostalgic film about an apartment building in Bayswater, where Russell once lived, and about the residents who inhabited it. The building is demolished to make way for an ... See full summary »

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Ken Russell

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Ken Russell
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Credited cast:
James Burr James Burr ... (Himself) James Burr
Elizabeth Collins Elizabeth Collins ... (Herself) Mrs Collins
Margaret Ann Croft Margaret Ann Croft ... (Herself) Miss Croft
David Hurn David Hurn ... (Himself) David
Louisa May Laden Louisa May Laden ... (Herself) Lou
Thomas Raymond Laden Thomas Raymond Laden ... (Himself) Tom
Helen May Helen May ... Herself
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A personal and nostalgic film about an apartment building in Bayswater, where Russell once lived, and about the residents who inhabited it. The building is demolished to make way for an unattractive and bland office. Written by Archie Moore <ar.moore@student.qut.edu.au>

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26 August 1960 (UK) See more »

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Miss Croft went to the U.S.A. with Frances Abbey Dallett Kissel in 1923 aged 44. She lived at 33 East 67th Street, New York City, but traveled extensively throughout Europe. She retired in 1946 aged 67 after 23 years with the Kissel family as lady's maid and returned to England that year. See more »

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A quite artistic, if mundane account of several lives.
6 November 2012 | by Lofty_abyssSee all my reviews

This is a relatively short film (Ken Russell's first), but it is just the right length for the audience to get to know the inhabitants of the house that is seen being destroyed both at the beginning and end.

The housekeeper introduces everyone in her own idiosyncratic way, and soon after (at least as soon as they wake up) the tenants recount their livelihoods - as brief as it may be we are still able to relate to their eclectic individualities, and thereafter we are bound to end up with a feeling of sad resignation as the house is pulled down, and along with it the characters soon disappearing.

It is about lives that may, and have existed - the little intricacies, and introspection that so often is lost to history. How people, both at the beginning and end of their lives, see the world through a little corner somewhere in London.


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