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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

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

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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The source book, "Memoirs of a Survivor" (1974), by Doris Lessing is considered to be a "dystopian novel". See more »

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not for everyone
3 August 2010 | by davibean-808-867226See all my reviews

I see from the last few reviews (at least one of which is one viewer's opinion of Christie's career more than of this particular film) that they didn't like the movie. OK. (And for the record, the fact that some have access to working helicopters doesn't mean most people would, and an extensive, working infrastructure isn't needed to maintain relatively few of them.) I've got the DVD of this film, and the transfer certainly leaves something to be desired. But if that, or the "helicopter issue", or a "tacky" film score, will negate any enjoyment you might have, then this film (and this type of film) is not for you. But it definitely is worth watching. Maybe a different director, or the same director taking a different approach would have made this a better film, and one that would have pleased its' critics.


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