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The L-Shaped Room Details

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Considered ultra-mature film fare in 1962, The L-Shaped Room stars Leslie Caron as a unmarried, pregnant French girl. Arranging for an abortion (illegal at that time), she takes up residence in a ramshackle British boarding house where most of the other residents are also outcasts of society. Many of the character types were new to films of the era, but have since become cliches: the understanding young black, the lesbian actress, the prostitutes without golden hearts. There is also a Christopher Isherwood type writer (Tom Bell) who observes the passing parade and writes a book on the subject. Director Bryan Forbes brings his usual muted sensibilities to the project, resulting in a work that downplays the sensational aspects and emphasizes characterization. Surprisingly, while The L-Shaped Room was considered too "hot" for several corporate-owned American movie houses, it was an early arrival on 1960s TV, where it frequently ran uncut. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:January 1, 1900

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Leslie Caron Best British Actress 1962 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Leslie Caron Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1963 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leslie Caron Best Actress 1963 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Bryan Forbes Best Film - Any Source 1962 Nominee

Cast

Leslie Caron
as Jane Fosset
Tom Bell
as Toby
Brock Peters
as Johnny
Patricia Phoenix
as Sonia
Avis Bunnage
as Doris
Bernard Lee
as Charlie
Harry Locke
as News Agent
Ellen Dryden
as Girl in News Agent's
Nanette Newman
as Girl at End
Diane Clare
as Nurse
Stanley Morgan
as Waiter in Club
Pamela Sholto
Gerald Sim
as Doctor in Hospital
Kay Walsh
as Prostitute
Mark Eden
as Terry
Verity Edmett
as Jane 11
Joan Ingram
as Woman in Park
Emlyn Williams
as Dr. Weaver
Kay Walsh
as Prostitute
Emlyn Williams
as Dr. Weaver
Verity Edmett
as Jane 11
Mark Eden
as Terry
Gerald Sim
as Doctor in Hospital
Diane Clare
as Nurse
Joan Ingram
as Woman in Park
Stanley Morgan
as Waiter in Club

Crew

Bryan Forbes
Director
James Woolf
Producer
Richard Attenborough
Producer
John Woolf
Producer
Bryan Forbes
Screenwriter
Douglas Slocombe
Cinematographer
John Barry
Composer (Music Score)
Anthony Harvey
Editor
Ray Simm
Production Designer
Beatrice Dawson
Costume Designer
John Siddall
Draftsman
Harry Frampton
Makeup
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