The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

May 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

So I’d never seen this classic of British New Wave cinema until this evening, having set it on a list of “to watch” years ago, but only getting round to it now. I must say it’s quite good, but then again I’m a sucker for this sort of misunderstood underdog and underprivileged sort of film, that is, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. Why else would The 400 Blows rank as one of my favourite films? Incidentally, I see many similarities between the two. I’d say Tony Richardson’s is perhaps more raw and economical in its style than François Truffaut’s effort, however, I must say the latter appeals to me more. That said, both films are excellent, and funny how the endings of both contains the protagonists running. Anyway, some kindly person has posted The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner up on YouTube along with some other greats, for example A Taste of Honey, which is one of my all time favourite films. I highly recommend these.

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