Taste Of Honey, A: The Criterion CollectionBy Criterion
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 features Rita Tushingham in her star-making debut role as a disaffected teenager finding her way amid the economic desperation of industrial Manchester, and despite her 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.
Reasons to Buy
- This lovely, heartbreaking 1961 film is a minor masterpiece - an earthy, poetic tale about a group of "social rejects" in England's bleak industrial North.
- Murray Melvin plays Geoff, an effeminate homosexual and fellow outcast who befriends the main character and offers to marry her when she finds herself pregnant.
- Transcending lower-class clichÃ©s, the story touchingly examines the lives and friendship of a straight woman and a gay man; Jo and Geoff's relationship is one of great tenderness, affection and support - a radical vision during the time the film was released.
DVD Features- New Restored 4k Digital Transfer
- New Interviews With Actors Rita Tushingham and Murray Melvin
- Audio Interview With Director and Cosscreenwriter Tony Richardson From the 1962 Cannes Film festival
- Except From a 1960 With Cinematographer Walter Lassally
- Remaking British Theater: Joan Littlewood and "A Taste of Honey" a New piece about Film's Stage Origins, featuring an Interview with Theater Scholar Kate Dorney
- Momma Dont Allow (1956), A Free Cinema short Film By Richardson, Shot by Lassally
- PLUS: An Essay By Film Scholar Colin MacCabe