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My Beautiful Laundrette

Stephen Frears

 
My Beautiful Laundrette (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1985
  • 98 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
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  • Spine #767

Stephen Frears was at the forefront of the British cinematic revival of the mid-1980s, and the delightfully transgressive My Beautiful Laundrette is his greatest triumph of the period. Working from a richly layered script by Hanif Kureishi, who was soon to be an internationally renowned writer, Frears tells an uncommon love story that takes place between a young South London Pakistani man (Gordon Warnecke), who decides to open an upscale laundromat to make his family proud, and his childhood friend, a skinhead (Daniel Day-Lewis, in a breakthrough role) who volunteers to help make his dream a reality. This culture-clash comedy is also a subversive work of social realism that dares to address racism, homophobia, and sociopolitical marginalization in Margaret Thatcher’s England.

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Oliver Stapleton, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between director Stephen Frears and producer Colin MacCabe
  • New interviews with writer Hanif Kureishi, producers Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe, and Stapleton
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Graham Fuller

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

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My Beautiful Laundrette: Postcolonialism in the Wash

By Graham Fuller July 22, 2015

Stephen Frears brings a playful and shimmering cinematic quality to Hanif Kureishi’s multilayered script about a Pakistani immigrant community in Margaret Thatcher–era London. Read more »

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Did You See This?

May 06, 2016

In honor of Film Forum’s Anna & Jean-Luc series, Interview Magazine has published a conversation from its July 1994 issue between Andrew Sarris and Jean-Luc Godard, in which Godard explains . . . Read more »


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The BFI’s List of the Best LGBT Films of All Time

March 18, 2016

For the past thirty years, the British Film Institute has been honoring the best in contemporary and classic LGBT cinema from around the world, with its annual BFI Flare: London LGBT Film . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries

In the Mood for Love

February 14, 2016


Clippings

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Remembering My Beautiful Laundrette

December 02, 2015

This fall the British Film Institute inaugurated a season-long celebration of on-screen romance with LOVE, its UK-wide series of theatrical screenings and rereleases of classic film love stories . . . Read more »


Web Exclusives

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The South Asian Britain of My Beautiful Laundrette

By Sarfraz Manzoor July 30, 2015

My Beautiful Laundrette was both a product of and a response to the social and political landscape of 1980s Britain. The film depicts the lives of Pakistani immigrants with wit and brio, in a . . . Read more »


10 Things I Learned

10 Things I Learned: My Beautiful Laundrette

By Kim Hendrickson July 28, 2015


Film Essays

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My Beautiful Laundrette: Postcolonialism in the Wash

By Graham Fuller July 22, 2015

Stephen Frears brings a playful and shimmering cinematic quality to Hanif Kureishi’s multilayered script about a Pakistani immigrant community in Margaret Thatcher–era London. Read more »

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