In London, twenty-seven year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband Denny. She joins a literature course in an open ... See full summary »
For Alfie, the only real life is sex life. Only then, can he kid himself he is living. Sex is not used as the working-class boy's way to "the top". Executive status has no appeal for Alfie. Nor has class mobility. He is quite content to stay where he is, as long as the "birds" are in "beautiful condition", as he assures us they are in one of the candid, over-the-shoulder asides to the camera which this movie carries over from Tom Jones (1963). This movie shows how much of the "swinging 60s" quality of London life was a male creation, and through the dominance of the fashion photographers, a male prerogative.Written by
A rarity in movies, Alfie (Sir Michael Caine) sporadically engages the audience by looking straight into the camera as he voices his thoughts, a technique known as "breaking the fourth wall". Lewis Gilbert would go on to direct Pauline Collins as the title character Shirley Valentine (1989), in which she also spoke her thoughts directly to the viewer. See more »
We see a streetsign showing that Alfie's flat is in Chepstow Road, W3. Later in the film he goes for a walk with his neighbour leaving Lilly in the flat. They are seen walking in the area behind King's Cross station, several miles from W3. See more »
I don't want no bird's respect - I wouldn't know what to do with it.
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At the beginning of the film Michael Caine talks to camera and explains that there will be no opening credits. See more »
I have just managed to pick this film up on DVD for a bargain price for what is a classic in any era. The way the film is shot, Caine's acting and the music score just draw you in to Alfie's tale. The film does not hide from the grim consequences of Alfie's selfish life but at the end of it you feel sorry for him as his life is really empty as a result. A Film with a message & Caine is mesmerising in the lead role. Great soundtrack from Jazzman Sonny Rollins & the end theme by Burt Bacharach (and sung by Cher) is a classic ballad that leaves you in deep though after what you have seen ...
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