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A Taste of Honey(1962)

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  • a taste of honey

    • kevin sellers
    • 4/20/16

    This exploration of single motherhood, friendship, love, and mother/daughter relations is one of the better British, "kitchen sink" dramas of the late 50s/early 60s. Shelagh Delaney's script, from her play, explores these topics with just enough humor and lightness so that you don't feel like you've been plunged into misery the whole time. Occasionally, the writing gets too cute (as does John Addison's intrusive score more than occasionally) but for the most part it's good, humanistic stuff, with some surprises along the way, chief among them the characters' "what the hell?" attitude toward interracial sex. Just imagine, if this had been an American film, how heavy handed it all would be, as was to be the case five years later with "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?" Tony Richardson's direction is mostly low key, although he cannot resist the self consciously artsy recurring motif of gamboling kids just in case any of us have missed the obvious point that the main character, wonderfully played by Rita Tushingham, is afraid of motherhood. As for the acting, it's all good with Tushingham, Dora Bryan as the brassy but somewhat sensitive mother, Robert Stephens as a sleazy boyfriend/husband of Bryan, and Murray Melvin heartbreaking as the gay friend who is not let in to the mother/daughter/child circle, all turning in fine performances. Like the previous reviewer I had a problem with Melvin's character being ostracized. I guess I was hoping that the film's enlightened attitude toward race would carry over to homosexuality. Oh, well. One out of two aint bad. Especially for 1961. So, let's give it an A minus. P.S. Like most "kitchen sink" films this one is shot in glorious, grimy, damp, gritty British working class black and white by cinematographer Walter Lassaly.

  • Movie before it's time

    • Linda Huffman
    • 11/6/08

    The first time I saw this movie, it blew me away. How the issues they had in it are what we are dealing with still today. I highly recommended this movie to anyone that would want to see real life. You really get involved with the characters and the story line. You feel for Jo and the troubled life she has. Helen some can relate to also. An Jeffory is perfect as a friend and helper to Jo. Too bad that Helen kicks him out in the end. But, the movie is great and I do hope that TCM has it on in the near future. Thank-you

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