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Memoirs of a Survivor (1981)

Set in a bleak future where roving gangs of children terrorize city streets, and reality is often an illusion.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Christie ... 'D'
Christopher Guard Christopher Guard ... Gerald
Leonie Mellinger Leonie Mellinger ... Emily Mary Cartwright
Debbie Hutchings Debbie Hutchings ... June
Nigel Hawthorne ... Victorian Father
Pat Keen Pat Keen ... Victorian Mother
Georgina Griffiths Georgina Griffiths ... Victorian Emily
Christopher Tsangarides Christopher Tsangarides ... Victorian Son
Mark Dignam ... Newsvendor
Alison Dowling Alison Dowling ... Janet White
John Franklyn-Robbins John Franklyn-Robbins ... Prof. White
Rowena Cooper Rowena Cooper ... Mrs. White
Barbara Hicks ... Woman on Waste Ground
John Comer ... Man Delivering Emily
Adrienne Byrne Adrienne Byrne ... Maureen
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'D' is a chronicler of a society in chaos, who looks down on the marauding gangs, and rubbish-strewn streets from the fortress prison of her flat. Buffeted by inner dreams and longings, D finds an alternative world by stepping through the wall of her flat, like Alice through the Looking Glass. Here it is Victorian England, the bosom of an unsettled family, harbingers, perhaps, of the decay to come. She flits between the two sides of her double life, always observing, never participating, and watches as her protégé, Emily, becomes involved with vagrants' leader Gerald and their efforts to control the violent scavengers fail. Written by alfiehitchie

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Official Sites:

Doris Lessing web site

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1981 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Anamniseis apo to parelthon See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The character of Emily Mary Cartwright (Leonie Mellinger) was based on Emily Diski according to her. Diski lived with source author Doris Lessing for several years when she was an adolescent. See more »

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Psychological Philosophical Thriller - if indeed there is such a genre
22 April 2007 | by tjo27712See all my reviews

Mobia and Jon F (above) describe this movie pretty well. It is a deeply 'philosophical' piece, which sounds an awfully elitist thing to say I know, but it is a movie that demands a reflection upon what it means to be human and the sorts of relationships that bind humans together. It may also be called 'psychological' in that it examines intra-psychic conflicts as well - particularly from the female perspective (which I am not) and that is powerful. It is based in an era of social decay and reminded me of Hobbes where life is "nasty, brutish and short", where humans have been reduced to animals, where the bonds of humanity have been stretched. Is this what we are to become? Is this what we really are? I loved it. It haunted me. I became a Doris Lessing fan after this and have just finished the book. No exploding cars for those that love that sort of thing.


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