V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Alfie

V' 12

Alfie

Lewis Gilbert
GB, 1965
112min, OF

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Alfie

Lewis Gilbert
GB, 1965
, 112min, OF

Actors: 
Michael Caine
Alfie
Shelley Winters
Ruby
Millicent Martin
Siddie
Julia Foster
Gilda
Jane Asher
Annie
Shirley Anne Field
Carla
Screenplay: 
Bill Naughton nach dem gleichnamigen Theaterstück
Sound: 
Peter Davies
Camera: 
Otto Heller
Editor: 
Thelma Connell
Composer: 
Sonny Rollins
Decoration: 
Peter Mullins
Costume: 
Jean Fairlie

Production: 
Lewis Gilbert, Sheldrake Productions
Format: 
35 mm
Color

The movie that rocketed Michael Caine to stardom cemented his image as a cockney lothario and gave him one of his most enduring catchphrases – so much so he called his autobiography “What’s It all about?” The role of womanizing cad alfie elkins fit the 33-year-old Londoner like a glove and earned him his first Oscar nomination. Based on the play by Bill naughton, Lewis gilbert’s film broke new ground by interspersing its amorous anti-hero’s sexual conquests with frank and witty confessionals delivered straight to camera. Such is Caine’s ease in front of the lens that this inherently theatrical device works beautifully on-screen, especially when alfie begins to query the value of his rootless, carefree existence. (Neil Smith)

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