Littérature anglaise

Saturday night and Sunday morning : the film

Marc Bordier by Marc Bordier /

   Two years after its  publication in 1958, Alan Sillitoe’s novel was turned into a film. Directed by Karel Reisz, it was rated X upon its release because like the novel, it openly raises the issues of extramarital affairs, promiscuous living and abortion in working class England. I watched it a few weeks after reading the novel, and found it to be overall true to the spirit of the book, even though the film takes some liberties with the story, notably by changing the outcome of the episode with the abortion (in the book, it is successful, and Brenda does not carry Artthur’s child, whereas it the film the abortion fails and the scandalous pregnancy remains as shameful evidence of the affair).