Friday, March 13, 2009

3/9/09: Bitter Harvest (1963)

One look at this potboiler's poster should adequately convey that Disney Week has officially ended.

Yet it was a Disney production (last week's Darby O'Gill and the Little People) that inspired my purchase of this British-made film, as it co-starred the beautiful Janet Munro. Here she's the lead, playing Jennie Jones, a lonely girl living a dull life in Wales and dreaming of going to London and becoming a glamorous fashion model. Taken advantage of in an early scene, we sympathize with Jennie and root for her to make a better life for herself...but even given some good opportunities, she makes some unfortunate decisions and spirals toward a tragic ending.

I was thoroughly enjoying this very adult (especially for 1963) story until the last scene—a premature and unsatisfying ending to an otherwise excellent drama. This is one movie that actually should have been longer! Still, I'll be seeking more films featuring Munro, who herself died way before her time. Rating: 4/5.

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