None of the three films follow the canons of traditional storytelling — they begin and end abruptly, leaving its audience pondering what might have happened to the main protagonist. By presenting it all to the world as-is, he created a style unique in the world of cinema. I did not find them to be overly distracting, but they may annoy some you. His father appears again and takes him back home. However, Jamie's stepmother rejects him and he once again finds himself on the streets. Along with Peter Jewell on whom Robert of the Trilogy was based , he was a voracious collector of books, memorabilia, and artefacts relating to the history and prehistory of cinema.
Leader rating This film has not been rated by a club leader yet. The short film Come Dancing, described below, was his graduation film. It is an extraordinarily sour image of the Scottish working class. I had a sense of dread when we sat down to view it again. Once again, the majority of them are on My Childhood. The features can be played individually or one immediately following the next with a 'Play all' option.
The other two films are less so, but the greyscale and contrast are spot on. Eventually the call-up for national service allows Jamie to find freedom through his friendship with Robert, a young middle class Englishman who introduces him to books and the possibility of a more optimistic and fulfilling future. Although the stories are ultimately linear, they unfold through series brief occurrences. There is hardly a joyful moment in the Trilogy. It has rarely been seen before now and looks about the same quality as My Childhood. Presenting a powerful portrait of a tough childhood, all three films follow a young boy called Jamie - loosely based on Douglas himself - as he grows up in the aftermath of World War Two. My Childhood 44:34 begins in 1944.
But the legacy of his upbringing isolates Jamie. Presented here in a High-Definition restoration, the Trilogy follows Jamie played with heart-breaking conviction by Stephen Archibald as he grows up in a poverty-stricken mining village in post-war Scotland. Written by When we first started watching this, I thought it was a documentary. All three films are transferred from the restored 16mm and 35mm negatives, and are presented in the correct 1. It focuses on his life and work with testimony from long-time friends and co-workers.
He lives with his sick grandmother Jean Taylor Smith and half-brother, Tommy Hughie Restorick. Dubbed a 'poor man's epic', Comrades continues Douglas's interest in the perseverance of the human spirit in the face of material adversity. The optional English subtitles remain. Occasional German dialogue in My Childhood is intentionally left untranslated. Overall impression : One of our strongest recommendations of the entire year to date. Even so, the film did not appear until 1986, six years after the screenplay had been completed.
His life takes an upward turn when he befriends Robert, an Englishman from another class and background. The narrative is largely autobiographical, following Jamie played with heart-breaking conviction by Stephen Archibald as he grows up in a poverty-stricken mining village in post-war Scotland. The film was renamed My Childhood, and its success on the international festival circuit paved the way for the second and third instalments of the trilogy of Douglas's formative years: My Ain Folk 1973 and My Way Home 1978. Somewhere between montage, documentary, and fiction, his Trilogy still stands as one of the U. He meets Robert Joseph Blatchley , an educated Englishman, and they become friends. We see more grain, especially with My Childhood, and superior detail - especially in My Ain Folk and My Way Home. Halfway through the film there is a cut.
Many shots resemble perfectly-composed still photographs. But there is a sense of a greater fluency in the camerawork and editing. The dialog is clear and easy to follow. Stephen Archibald, whose face haunts the three films, sadly died in 1998, aged only thirty-eight. William Gerald Forbes Douglas was born in Newcraighall, a Scottish mining village just outside Edinburgh. The austere black and white images of the films embody a stillness and intensity reminiscent of silent cinema and this visual style is augmented by the equally spare and precise use of sound.
After spending some time with 's '' company at the , he was cast in the Granada television series, The Younger Generation in 1961 and had a musical, Solo, produced in 1962 at. The footage is in colour and 4:3 and runs 3:58. Simply put, when projected on a large screen, these films look far superior in High-Definition than they do in Standard-Definition. My Childhood is very grainy, as you would expect given its 16mm origins. There is an indictment of growing up in wartime U. Come Dancing - Bill Douglas' remarkable, rarely-seen student short. These films are work but well worth the effort; a full meal.