5 July 2009
BRIGHTON ROCK (Dir. John Boulting, 1947, UK) - 'It's like those sticks of rock. Bite one all the way down, you'll still read Brighton...'
Equally a noir film in the shadows that bounce across the face of Pinkie, ‘Brighton Rock’ depends greatly on the terrifying charm of Attenborough who exudes a psychotic intensity that marks him out as somewhat of a precursor to the schizophrenia of characters like Norman Bates in Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ and Hannibal Lector in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’. The film also details the corruption of an innocent young girl, Rose (Carol Marsh), who falls for Pinkie and though the way in which the relationship evolves is highly conservative, the ending with the gramophone recording is a bittersweet one. ‘Brighton Rock’ is generally considered to be one of the high points of the Boutling Brothers career but I still value their 1959, ‘I’m All Right Jack’ as one of the great British films of the 50s and one of the most pointed political satires on unionism.
Labels: British Cinema