A Taste of Honey (The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)

A Taste of Honey (1961) The Criterion Collection Blu-ray
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A Taste of Honey Blu-ray
Criterion | 1961 | 100 min | Not rated | Aug 23, 2016

Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD-50)
UPC 715515184717


A Taste of Honey (1961) The Criterion Collection Blu-ray

Classic 1960s realist drama based on the play by Shelagh Delaney. Abandoned by her sailor boyfriend and her man-hungry mother (Dora Bryan), pregnant Manchester teenager Jo (Rita Tushingham) thinks she might have to face life's difficulties all alone. Help then comes in the form of a kind-hearted gay man named Geoffrey (Murray Melvin), who moves in and takes care of her; the two find happiness together, but soon life moves on....

Director: Tony Richardson
Writers: Tony Richardson, Shelagh Delaney
Starring: Dora Bryan, Robert Stephens, Rita Tushingham, Murray Melvin, Paul Danquah, Michael Bilton

A Taste of Honey

The revolutionary British New Wave films of the early 1960s were celebrated for their uncompromising depictions of working-class lives and relations between the sexes. Directed by Tony Richardson, a leading light of that movement, and based on one of the most controversial plays of its time, A Taste of Honey stars Rita Tushingham, in a star-making debut role, as a disaffected teenager finding her way amid the economic desperation of industrial Manchester, and despite an absent, self-absorbed mother. With its unapologetic identification with social outcasts and its sensitive, modern approach to matters of sexuality and race, Richardson's classic is a still startling benchmark work of realism.

Special Features:
- New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New interviews with actors Rita Tushingham and Murray Melvin
- Audio interview with director and coscreenwriter Tony Richardson, conducted by film critic Gideon Bachmann at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival
- New interview with Kate Dorney, curator of modern and contemporary theater at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, about A Taste of Honey's onstage origins
- Excerpt from a 1960 television interview with A Taste of Honey playwright Shelagh Delaney Momma Don't Allow (1956), Richardson's first theatrical film
- PLUS: An essay by film scholar Colin MacCabe

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