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154 Time Without Pity

#1 Post by Dr Amicus » Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:51 am

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TIME WITHOUT PITY
(Joseph Losey, 1957)
Release date: 28 October 2019
Limited Blu-ray Edition (World Blu-ray premiere)


Following his blacklisting in the McCarthy HUAC hearings, director Joseph Losey (Eva, The Damned, Secret Ceremony) moved to the England in the 1950s. The gritty British suspense thriller, Time Without Pity was the first film he made in the UK under his own name.

In a BAFTA-nominated performance, the great Michael Redgrave (Goodbye Gemini, Connecting Rooms, Dead of Night) stars as an anguished father whose son is convicted of murder and languishing on death row. In a desperate race-against-time, he attempts to prove his son’s innocence whilst bringing the real murderer to justice.

With photography by Freddie Francis (The Elephant Man), and a superb supporting cast including Ann Todd (Taste of Fear), Leo McKern (X the Unknown), and Peter Cushing (Corruption, The Beast Must Die), Time Without Pity is brilliantly accomplished slice of Brit-noir, and a potent cry against capital punishment.

INDICATOR LIMITED BLU-RAY EDITION BOX SET SPECIAL FEATURES:

• High Definition remaster
• Original mono audio
The Guardian Interview with Joseph Losey (1973): the celebrated filmmaker in conversation with film critic Dilys Powell at London’s National Film Theatre
• Selected scenes commentary with film historian Neil Sinyard
Introduction by Gavrik Losey (2019): a new interview with the filmmaker and son of director Joseph Losey
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
• New English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Robert Murphy, archival interviews with cast and crew members, an overview of contemporary critical responses, archival articles, and film credits and more
• World premiere on Blu-ray
• Limited Edition of 3,000 copies
• All extras subject to change

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#2 Post by domino harvey » Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:05 pm

Incredible news. Michael Redgrave gives a tremendous performance and the ingenuity of the protagonist's alcoholism acting to undermine his own desperate attempts to beat the clock provides such great forward momentum and a new twist on the typical noir fatalism

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#3 Post by swo17 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:08 pm

Haven't seen this yet but I did think Redgrave was fantastic in the version of 1984 that came out just before this

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Re: 154 Time Without Pity

#4 Post by Dr Amicus » Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:54 am

This is the highlight for me of this month's announcements - my Losey viewing has been patchy but generally rewarding and the cast and extras make this an easy purchase. I do like the choices of films for the actors - Beast Must Die for Cushing? Really? - especially X The Unknown for McKern as that was originally going to be directed by Losey until Dean Jagger complained about being directed by a Communist!

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Re: 154 Time Without Pity

#5 Post by domino harvey » Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:08 am

It's interesting that the summary doesn't even mention the alcoholism of Redgrave's character-- this doesn't really function as a plot twist, it is the plot, and indeed calling the film a tract against capital punishment seems a bit of a stretch. But this is the best film I've seen at showing the inescapable pull of addiction. Redgrave's character is not one AA meeting away from turning things around, and him shouldering the weight of saving his son's life here is kind of like if Casey Affleck's character in Manchester by the Sea were placed into an action movie as the hero. Redgrave struggles and tries to pull himself together with terrific physicality and the film gets frightful mileage out of the biggest obstacle to his success being his own compulsive behavior. It's an exhilarating entertainment, and the countdown aspect becomes all the more suspenseful because there is significant doubt that Redgrave will succeed and yet the viewer finds themselves compulsively invested in rooting him on and waving our hands in unbearable frustration when he invariably backslides or fucks up-- not because the demands of an idiotic screenplay necessitate these relapses and false steps, but because his failings are true to the realistic nature of the character as shown and we truly do want him to somehow pull it all off in the end.

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Re: 154 Time Without Pity

#6 Post by therewillbeblus » Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:26 am

domino harvey wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:08 am
It's interesting that the summary doesn't even mention the alcoholism of Redgrave's character-- this doesn't really function as a plot twist, it is the plot, and indeed calling the film a tract against capital punishment seems a bit of a stretch. But this is the best film I've seen at showing the inescapable pull of addiction. Redgrave's character is not one AA meeting away from turning things around, and him shouldering the weight of saving his son's life here is kind of like if Casey Affleck's character in Manchester by the Sea were placed into an action movie as the hero. Redgrave struggles and tries to pull himself together with terrific physicality and the film gets frightful mileage out of the biggest obstacle to his success being his own compulsive behavior. It's an exhilarating entertainment, and the countdown aspect becomes all the more suspenseful because there is significant doubt that Redgrave will succeed and yet the viewer finds themselves compulsively invested in rooting him on and waving our hands in unbearable frustration when he invariably backslides or fucks up-- not because the demands of an idiotic screenplay necessitate these relapses and false steps, but because his failings are true to the realistic nature of the character as shown and we truly do want him to somehow pull it all off in the end.
This may not be the best film I've seen about the inescapable pull of addiction, but it presents a very poignant, and way ahead of its time, take on the research that's come about only in the last few years about the finite willpower in people and how relapse becomes more likely as we become increasingly depleted by stressors in early sobriety. We also know that support, especially from other people, is key to maintaining a balance of this willpower, support that Redgrave does not have, even from the man he's trying to save. domino is right that this variable makes the entire film feel like higher stakes because we feel the weight on Redgrave's character, and as time counts down, the stress increases and the compulsions of addiction intensify. It's a marvelous film on its own but when you add the willpower, addiction, and lack of support together you get a lethal cocktail of more chips than usual stacked against the protagonist, who's barely hanging on by a thread, if at all, to use the ounce he's got left to achieve his goal. Redgrave is perfectly cast and portrays "desperate" with more authenticity than most who often mistake this for simply "weak" when it's far more complicated a state of being than adjectives can properly convey, but with every behavioral tool at his disposal, Redgrave nails it.

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Re: 154 Time Without Pity

#7 Post by MichaelB » Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:22 am

Full specs confirmed:

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