Look BACK in ANGER
Out 26 november / cert PG / 98 mins
Not to be confused with Oasis’ (arguably) most famous song, this is a fierce film adaptation of the 1956 play by John Osborne, the original ‘angry young man’ of British theatre, which singlehandedly launched the ‘kitchen sink realism’ movement. richard Burton stars as disaffected market stall confectioner Jimmy Porter, who rages impotently against the establishment machine, leaving the women in his life (claire Bloom, Mary ure) reeling from the cruelty and bitterness of his existential disillusionment — or perhaps, when seen through a more modern lens, his undiluted toxic masculinity. Burton’s leonine performance makes his American counterpart, Marlon Brando, seem like the Mild One by comparison, and at times the film seems incendiary enough to set your Blu-ray player on fire. Yet Burton conveys Jimmy’s painful vulnerability, too. A groundbreaking and important film.