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The L-Shaped Room (1963)

The L-Shaped Room (1963)

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Considered ultra-mature film fare in 1962, The L-Shaped Room stars Leslie Caron as a unmarried, pregnant French girl. Arranging for an abortion (illegal at that time), she takes up residence in a ramshackle British boarding house where most of the other residents are also outcasts of society. Many of the character types were new to films of the era, but have since become cliches: the understanding young black, the lesbian actress, the prostitutes without golden hearts. There is also a Christopher Isherwood type writer (Tom Bell) who observes the passing parade and writes a book on the subject. Director Bryan Forbes brings his usual muted sensibilities to the project, resulting in a work that downplays the sensational aspects and emphasizes characterization. Surprisingly, while The L-Shaped Room was considered too "hot" for several corporate-owned American movie houses, it was an early arrival on 1960s TV, where it frequently ran uncut. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Leslie Caron
as Jane Fosset
Anthony Booth
as Youth in Street
Bernard Lee
as Charlie
Harry Locke
as News Agent
Ellen Dryden
as Girl in News Agent's
Nanette Newman
as Girl at End
Stanley Morgan
as Waiter in Club
Gerald Sim
as Doctor in Hospital
Kay Walsh
as Prostitute
Mark Eden
as Terry
Joan Ingram
as Woman in Park
Arthur White
as Milkman
Emlyn Williams
as Dr. Weaver
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Critic Reviews for The L-Shaped Room

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Caron's heartfelt, out of type, performance as the lonely lady in trouble, makes the sensitive pic, a mixture of muddle and insight, watchable.

July 18, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Glamorous Leslie Caron is seriously out of place in this drab kitchen-sink drama.

September 30, 2011 | Rating: 2/5

Leslie Caron received a second Oscar nomination for this British film, in which she plays a French feeme in London, who decides to keep her out of the wedlock baby.

June 29, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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