UCM.ONE starts today “Die blaue Serie” (“The blue series“) with the great movie classic “Room at the Top“ with Simone Signoret and Laurence Harvey. The film was nominated for six Oscars in 1959 and twice awarded (Best Actress in a Leading Role for Simone Signoret and Best Adapted Screenplay) and won the British Film Academy Award for Best Film in 1959.
“Die blaue Serie” is dedicated to both outstanding films that have shaped the film world and film gems that have never before been released on DVD or VoD portals. The series can be recognized by the blue artwork and the blue DVD case made especially for this series and is specially put together for cineasts and collectors. It will be continued soon with “Mata Hari” from 1964 with Jeanne Moreau in the leading role.
25-year-old ambitious Joe Lampton (Laurence Harvey) wants to get to the top: As an employee of the tax office in the small town of Warnley in the North of England, he has realised that this cannot be achieved through hard work and proficiency in his profession alone. So, in his spare time he joins the theatre group in which Susan Brown (Heather Sears) plays, the daughter of a wealthy industrial magnate. She falls in love with Joe, as he had planned, but her parents are against the relationship. And Joe’s feelings thwart the plan of his ascent through marriage, because he falls in love with Alice (Simone Signoret), a French woman ten years his senior and unhappily married…
Comments on the film::
“The movie itself is great, full of good acting and masterful directing. The shot that announces the beginning of the new wave and doesn’t really fit into the movement itself.” (Cineoutsider)
“Room at the Top was a milestone for the British film industry. At that time the love scenes belonged to ‘the hottest thing that ever left British film studios” (Cinema-Filmlexikon)
“…excellently played and atmospherically densely staged.” (Encyclopedia of International Film)