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The L-Shaped Room (1962)

A single, pregnant woman moves into a London boarding house where she meets a group of fellow misfits.

Director:

Bryan Forbes

Writers:

Lynne Reid Banks (novel), Bryan Forbes (written for the screen by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Caron ... Jane Fosset
Anthony Booth ... Youth in Street
Avis Bunnage Avis Bunnage ... Doris
Patricia Phoenix Patricia Phoenix ... Sonia
Verity Edmett Verity Edmett ... Jane II
Tom Bell ... Toby
Cicely Courtneidge Cicely Courtneidge ... Mavis
Harry Locke ... Newsagent
Ellen Dryden ... Girl in Newsagent's
Emlyn Williams ... Dr. Weaver
Jennifer White Jennifer White ... Monica
Brock Peters ... Johnny
Gerry Duggan Gerry Duggan ... Bert
Joan Ingram Joan Ingram ... Woman in Park
Mark Eden ... Terry
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Storyline

Jane, a young French woman, pregnant and unmarried, takes a room in a seedy London boarding house, which is inhabited by an assortment of misfits. She considers getting an abortion, but is unhappy with this solution. She falls into a relationship with Toby, a struggling young writer who lives on the first floor. Eventually she comes to like her odd room, and makes friends with all the strange people in the house. But she still faces two problems: what to do with her baby, and what to do with Toby. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Taglines:

"Sex is not a forbidden word!"

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El cuarto indiscreto See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The rent of 42 shillings per week is the equivalent of £40 (or $52.50) in 2016. See more »

Goofs

About one hour into the film, when Toby and Jane are sitting on her bed talking, a shadow of the boom microphone is visible moving on the wall behind them. See more »

Quotes

Jane Fosset: Oh, you English are so funny about smells. You hate garlic, you're frightened of perfume unless it's very cheap and very nasty, but you *love* the smell of fish and chips. First time I went out for a walk with an Englishman, he took us two miles out of our way so I could smell a fish and chips shop.
Toby: Oh, well, you see it's a very powerful aphrodisiac for an Englishman. Before the war, most children were conceived on Friday nights.
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Connections

Referenced in Mary Tyler Moore: The Square-Shaped Room (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Mountain Desperadoes
(uncredited)
Music by Paul Sawtell
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A truly touching performance by Leslie Caron
8 October 2004 | by snoozer1See all my reviews

I first saw this film when I was I'm my early teens and for some reason it always stuck with me. Some 30yrs later, I watched it again last night and was awestruck by the performances in this fine fine film.

Leslie Caron was nominated for an Oscar for her role and won the Golden Globe and BAFTA for her performance .. and rightly so. Such a touching, understated delivery that will have you too fall in love with her character Jane.

It's hard to believe I am only the 2nd user to comment on this forgotten gem. Films like this really illustrate the dire state of motion picture making these days. They sure don't make em like they used to folks.

Available on DVD, unfortunately not in it's original aspect ratio. Perhaps one day someone will release it in wide screen to truly appreciate the gritty black & white photography.

Highly recommended .. a flawless film throughout !


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