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Uniform Title This sporting life (Motion picture : 1963)
Title This sporting life [videorecording] / Janus Films ; Granada International ; Rank Organisation ; a Julian Wintle and Leslie Parkyn production ; produced by Karel Reisz ; screenplay by David Storey ; directed by Lindsay Anderson.

Imprint [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2008]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library DVD    THI    Available
Edition [Special ed.] ; widescreen.
Description 2 videodiscs (134 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (32 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
Series The Criterion collection ; 417
Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs) ; 417.
Note Based on the novel by David Storey.
Booklet features a new essay by film scholar Neil Sinyard and an article by Anderson from 1963.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1963.
Special features include: Disc one: Audio commentary featuring Paul Ryan and screenwriter David Storey; theatrical trailer. Disc two: "Lindsay Anderson: lucky man?" (2004) documentary; new video interview with Anderson's first producer and close friend Lois Sutcliffe Smith; "Meet the pioneers" (1948), Anderson's first film; "Wakefield express" (1952), an early documentary; "Is that all there is?" (1993), Anderson's autobiographical final film.
Contents Disc one: The film -- Disc two: The supplements.
Credits Photographer, Denys Coop ; editor, Peter Taylor ; music composer, Roberto Gerhard ; conductor, Jacques-Louis Monod ; art director, Alan Withy.
Cast Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel, William Hartnell, Colin Blakely, Vanda Godsell, Anne Cunningham, Jack Watson, Arthur Lowe, Harry Markham.
Summary Northern England, the early 1960's. Frank Machin is a coal miner who is mean, tough and ambitious enough to rise up and become an immediate professional rugby star. The rugby league team is run by local employer Weaver. Machin lodges with Mrs Hammond, whose husband was killed in an accident at Weaver's, but his impulsive and angry nature stop him from being able to reach her as he would like. He becomes increasingly frustrated with his situation. His situation is not helped by the more straightforward enticements of Mrs Weaver.
Audience MPAA rating: Not rated.
System Details DVD, region 1, widescreen (1.66:1, enhanced) presentation; Dolby Digital mono., restored High-Definition digital transfer, NTSC.
Language Closed-captioned.
Awards Cannes Film Festival, 1963: Best Actor (Richard Harris)
Subject Rugby League football players -- England -- Yorkshire -- Drama.
Working class men -- Psychology -- Drama.
Widows -- Drama.
Coal miners -- Drama.
Social classes -- Great Britain -- Drama.
Ambition -- Drama.
Man-woman relationships -- Drama.
Motion pictures -- England.
Genre/Form Sports -- Feature.
Adaptation -- Feature.
Romance -- Feature.
Feature films.
Sports films
Film adaptations
Feature films
Added Author Wintle, Julian, 1913-1980.
Parkyn, Leslie, 1918-1983.
Reisz, Karel.
Storey, David, 1933- This sporting life.
Anderson, Lindsay, 1923-1994.
Harris, Richard, 1930-2002.
Roberts, Rachel, 1927-1980.
Badel, Alan.
Hartnell, William, 1908-1975.
Blakely, Colin.
Godsell, Vanda, 1922-1990
Cunningham, Anne.
Watson, Jack, 1915-1999.
Loew, Arthur M., 1897-1977.
Markham, Harry.
Janus Films.
Granada International (Firm)
Rank Organisation.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Added Title Meet the pioneers.
Is that all there is?
Wakefield Express.
Lindsay Anderson, lucky man.
ISBN 9781604650112
Standard No. 715515027526
Music No. CC1737D Criterion Collection

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