Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5. United Kingdom, 1966. Columbia Pictures Corporation, Everglades Productions. Screenplay by Margaret Forster, Peter Nichols, based on the novel by Margaret Forster. Cinematography by Kenneth Higgins. Produced by Robert A. Goldston, Otto Plaschkes. Music by Alexander Faris. Production Design by Tony Woollard. Costume Design by Mary Quant. Film Editing by John Bloom. Academy Awards 1966. Golden Globe Awards 1966.
Bridget Jones fans will definitely love this influential and inspired film. It stars a fabulous Lynn Redgrave as an eternally optimistic girl with a bouncy personality and a constant sense that she’s just a few steps off rhythm from everyone else. Her life is influenced by her more callous best friend (Charlotte Rampling), an older gentleman who takes a serious liking to her (James Mason) and the prospect of romance from a new young man in her life (Alan Bates). Also starring Redgrave’s real-life mother Rachel Kempson (who didn’t appear on screen with her other daughter Vanessa until 1998’s Deja Vu), this film is a pure delight.