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A Taste of Honey [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1961]

Release Date:08/23/2016

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    Special Features

    • Audio interview with director and coscreenwriter Tony Richardson from the 1962 Cannes Film Festival
    • Excerpt from a 1960 television interview with A Taste of Honey playwright Shelagh Delaney
    • Interview from 1998 with cinematographer Walter Lassally
    • Momma Don't Allow (1956), a Free Cinema short film by Richardson, shot by Lassally
    • New interviews with actors Rita Tushingham and Murray Melvin
    • Remaking British Theater: Joan Littlewood and "A Taste of Honey," a new piece about the film's stage origins, featuring an interview with theater scholar Kate Dorney


    A Taste of Honey
    Director Tony Richardson adapted the screenplay of A Taste of Honey from the "kitchen sink" stage play by Shelagh Delaney. Rita Tushingham plays a working-class British teenager, living with her drink-sodden, libertine mother Dora Bryan. Denied affection by her selfish mother, Tushingham is pushed further in the background when Bryan impulsively marries her latest boyfriend Robert Stephens. The girl takes a job at a shoe store, then moves in with her kindly homosexual employer Murray Melvin. The two lost souls live in harmony until Tushingham becomes pregnant after a casual affair with black sailor Paul Danquah. Melvin comes to the rescue by offering to look after the baby. This relatively blissful state of affairs is short-lived; before long, Tushingham's hateful mother, having been kicked out by Stephens, descends upon her daughter and her "family," with all her debilitating emotional baggage intact. A poignant denouement caps this riveting slice-of-life drama. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Dora Bryan
      Dora Bryan - Helen
    • Rita Tushingham
      Rita Tushingham - Jo
    • Robert Stephens
      Robert Stephens - Peter
    • Murray Melvin
      Murray Melvin - Geoffrey
    • Image coming soon
      Paul Danquah - Jimmy

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