John Boulting’s adaptation of Graham Greene’s classic novel stakes its claim as one of the darkest films ever to be made in England. The film may well stray from Greene’s novel, but this is one of the finest examples of British cinema ever to grace the screen.
As the evil yet painfully tortured villain, Richard Attenborough is fantastic, so tightly coiled that he looks as though he’s ready to jump off-screen at any moment. The complexity of his character is only deepened by Harry Waxman’s oppressive cinematography; full of uncomfortable close-ups, and ominous zooms which turns the sunny seaside town of Brighton, England, into one of the lower levels of hell.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this clip:
Title: Brighton Rock
Direction: John Boulting
Screenplay: Graham Greene
Cinematography: Harry Waxman
Editing: Peter Graham Scott
Score: Hans May
Stars: Richard Attenborough, Hermione Baddeley, William Hartnell, Carol Marsh, Harcourt Williams, Wylie Watson, Nigel Stock, Victoria Winter, Reginald Purdell, George Carney, Charles Goldner, Alan Wheatley, Lina Barrie, Joan Sterndale-Bennett, Harry Ross, Campbell Copelin, Marianne Stone, Norman Watson, Ronald Shiner