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|THE WORLD TEN TIMES OVER (director/writer: Wolf Rilla; cinematographer: Larry Pizer; editor: Jack Slade; music: Edwin Astley; cast: Sylvia Syms (Billa), Edward Judd (Bob Shelbourne), June Ritchie (Ginnie), William Hartnell (Dad), Sarah Lawson (Elizabeth), Francis De Wolfe (Shelbourne); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producer: Michael Luke; Optimum Home Entertainment-PAL format DVD; 1963-UK)|
black-and-white shot melodrama."
by Dennis Schwartz
black-and-white shot melodrama set in London during
the sixties, that's too downbeat to be enjoyable but
intelligently handles its sticky dramatic relationship
set pieces. Director-writer Wolf Rilla ("Bedtime
with Rosie"/"Naughty Wives"/"Cairo") attempts to film
it like a sophisticated French New Wave drama, as he
covers one exhausting day in the lives of two feisty
but vulnerable thirtysomething roommates. Each is
filled with heartaches, and work together as nightclub
hostesses. Though overwrought, the authentic sleazy
West-End sex spots and actual London business
locations give the pic a look of authenticity.
Ginnie (June Ritchie) is a saucy seductive
extrovert who is having an affair with the conflicted
businessman Bob Shelbourne Jr. ( Edward Judd), someone always uptight
and suffering from big-time daddy issues. Bob's locked
into a loveless marriage with his attractive trophy
wife Liz (Sarah Lawson), who allows him to play the
field during their civilized separation. Anxious about
being under his imperious dad's (Francis De Wolfe) thumb, Bob tries to be his
own man by running away with his tart girlfriend
Ginnie despite his dad's opposition. Billa (Sylvia
Syms) is Ginnie's jaded roommate,
who is the troubled daughter of an old-fashioned widow
country schoolmaster (William Hartnell). Her academic but
uncommunicative Pop disgusts her because he never
listens, and his visit to London for the day only
makes her more depressed. She can't even find the
opportunity to tell him she's pregnant and all the
other things that bother her. Tensions rise when Bob
tries to convince Ginnie to run away with him to start
life anew in the Bahamas, as Billa fears she might be
losing her security blanket friend to someone else.
Syms stands out for her emotional performance,
especially in the scenes with her unsupportive dad.
REVIEWED ON 6/13/2013 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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