Room At The Top


(out of 5)

Mix glossy soap opera with gritty kitchen-sink drama and you have this enjoyable British import. A working-class industrialist () trying to make it up the corporate ladder indulges in two love affairs: one with a sexy, older and unhappily married Frenchwoman (), and one with his boss’s young daughter (), whose relationship with him is a good career stepping stone. Things get tricky when Signoret starts to actually win his heart and Sears gets a bit complicated in her demands on him. As with all movies about lurid sexual matters made in the fifties and sixties, this one isn’t nearly as mature and realistic as it must have seemed upon its release. Signoret is stunning, though she had much better roles in French films, and Hermione Baddeley shines as her neighbour and confidante.

Romulus Films, Remus

United Kingdom, 1959

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by 

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1959

Cannes Film Festival 1959

Golden Globe Awards 1959

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