Stargate

A new Forgotten – my host and co-director Paul Duane mentioned this one, which is getting a screening in London soon, as representative of a forgotten strand of British cinema — my ears pricked up at once. That, and the names Basil Dearden and Googie Withers sold it. I think you’ll be intrigued.

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8 Responses to “Stargate”

  1. Tony Williams Says:

    It is so good that this film is being revived. I treated it in my STRUCTURES OF DESIRE: BRITISH CINEMA 1939-1955. Having returned from Manchester UK and noting the extremes of wealth and poverty (especially beggars) it is so important that a film embodying post-WW2 utopian aspirations be shown again in the era of the Coalition and a return to the conditions of the 1930s.

  2. That does look intriguingly odd.

  3. For all it’s naivety and dramatic clunkiness, there’s something inspiring about the idea of an era when utopia could be seen as achievable. As David Niven defines Heaven in AMOLAD, “I think it starts where this one leaves off, or where this one could leave off, if only we’d listen to Plato and Aristotle and Jesus, with all our earthly problems solved but with bigger ones worth the solving.”

  4. david wingrove Says:

    I thought I was up on my obscure British films of the 40s (obsessed with CORRIDOR OF MIRRORS and MADONNA OF THE SEVEN MOONS, say no more) but I’ve honestly never heard of this one. It looks fantastic!

  5. It’s very handsome, very odd, and very nicely played. It’s only the Priestley wooliness that stops it being altogether great.

  6. Guy Hamilton’s film is not bad — at any rate, Alastair Sim makes the perfect inspector.

  7. kevin mummery Says:

    Funny that a film about “British Utopia” should come from Basil Dearden, director of the excellent social problem films of the late ’50’s- early ’60’s. Although those are the only films of his I’ve seen, having gotten the Criterion Dearden set last year. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing this one, should it ever become available over here.

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