Room at the top

Tuesday, 18 June

Room at the top

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ROOM AT THE TOP   1959 Directed by Jack Clayton 112 minutes In English

Man, what a devastating film this is. Big themes like ambition, sex and greed are boiled down to an unsensationalized everyday story that takes place in 1950s Yorkshire. When it first hit the screens it was absolutely groundbreaking, helping create a new wave of British realist filmmaking. Today it still carries as much punch as it did then, but has even gained a bit of charm. It stars Laurence Harvey, but the real shinning light for me is the glowing performance by French actress Simone Signoret in one of her few English speaking roles --  indeed, she won both the Academy Award and the Cannes award for best actress for this film. Based on the novel of the same name by John Braine, the film follows the path of a blue-collar anti-hero, coming from a small industrial town, who will do anything to get to the top. But of course there is always a price to be paid for everything - and boy, in this case what a price!

In Room at the Top director Jack Clayton is at the peak of his form - his next film would be the legendary ghost-story The Innocents - and these two films together would end up being his two masterpieces. It also has a powerhouse cameo by Hermione Baddeley, and her performance was the shortest to be nominated for an acting Oscar- she had 2 minutes and 20 seconds of screen time!

One viewer's response: "Although Room at the Top is set in Britain just after WWII, Americans of today will recognize in Joe Lambton the prototype of a yuppie – an offensively pushy, horny and self-obsessed social climber with no concern for the feelings of others, but a winning charm that pushes him all the way to the top. One of the best of the British angry young man genre. I have seen this film 17 times already, and I will see it many more times, if I'm lucky."

This will be a high-definition projection.

Date & Time: 

Tuesday, 18 June, 2019 - 20:30

Category: 

  • film

Price: 

  • 3-5 €
- 3 €
Filmhuis Cavia
Van Hallstraat 52-1
1051 HH Amsterdam
Netherlands

Directions: 

Go through the gate. Cavia is on the right hand side, above Xena Sports. Take the stairs.

Squat: 

Former squat, now legalised

Filmhuis Cavia is a counterculture cinema, founded in 1983 by a squatters movement, which programs films you aren't likely to see anywhere else.

categories: 

  • film

opening times: 

Our regular screenings are on Tuesdays (programmed by Jeffrey), Thursdays and Fridays, but we also have extra screenings and film festivals throughout the year. Look us up to find our monthly program.

Doors always open half an hour before the film starts.

Weekly programme of film screenings in a circuit of underground / self-organised venues. Forgotten movies that should have been classics, neglected flics, lesser-known gems, always with a personal introduction by the programmer. All films in English, or with English subtitles.

categories: 

  • film

opening times: 

mostly Sunday to Thursday at about 7 different underground locations.