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Woman In A Dressing Gown

4

There is nothing wrong with being comfortable.

 

J. Lee Thompson’s 1957 working-class drama showcases a tour de force performance from Yvonne Mitchell as the slatternly housewife of the title  whose uptight husband (AnthonyQuayle) is lured away by a younger woman (Sylvia Syms).

It’s relentlessly downbeat and claustrophobic, but Ted Willis’ script avoids easy recrimination.

Mitchell’s Amy Preston, warm-hearted, chaotic and close to a breakdown, still feels startlingly modern, and the scene where a rainstorm scuppers her attempt at self-improvement is heartbreaking.

Her performance deservedly netted her a Silver Bear at Berlin.

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