A Taste of Honey A Taste of Honey

A Taste of Honey

Tony Richardson

 
A Taste of Honey (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1961
  • 100 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • English
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  • Spine #829

The revolutionary British New Wave films of the early 1960s were celebrated for their uncompromising depictions of working-class lives and relations between the sexes. Directed by Tony Richardson, a leading light of that movement, and based on one of the most controversial plays of its time, A Taste of Honey features Rita Tushingham in her star-making debut role as a disaffected teenager finding her way amid the economic desperation of industrial Manchester, and despite her absent, self-absorbed mother. With its unapologetic identification with social outcasts and its sensitive, modern approach to matters of sexuality and race, Richardson’s classic is a still startling benchmark work of realism.

Credits

DirectorTony Richardson
Produced byTony Richardson
Screenplay byShelagh Delaney and Tony Richardson
Adapted from the play byShelagh Delaney
Music byJohn Addison
Cinematography byWalter Lassally
Film editing byAnthony Gibbs
Art direction byRalph W. Brinton

Disc Features

  • New, restored, 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interviews with actors Rita Tushingham and Murray Melvin
  • Audio interview with director and coscreenwriter Tony Richardson from the 1962 Cannes Film Festival
  • Excerpt from a 1960 television interview with A Taste of Honey playwright Shelagh Delaney
  • Interview from 1998 with cinematographer Walter Lassally
  • Remaking British Theater: Joan Littlewood and “A Taste of Honey,” a new piece about the film’s stage origins, featuring an interview with theater scholar Kate Dorney
  • Momma Don’t Allow (1956), a Free Cinema short film by Richardson, shot by Lassally
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Colin MacCabe

    New cover by Jon Gray

Film Essays

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A Taste of Honey: Northern Accents

By Colin MacCabe August 23, 2016

Tony Richardson’s era-defining exploration of sexuality, race, and working-class life brought a uniquely female perspective to England’s Free Cinema movement. Read more »

10 Things I Learned

10 Things I Learned: A Taste of Honey

By Elizabeth Pauker August 26, 2016


Film Essays

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A Taste of Honey: Northern Accents

By Colin MacCabe August 23, 2016

Tony Richardson’s era-defining exploration of sexuality, race, and working-class life brought a uniquely female perspective to England’s Free Cinema movement. Read more »


On Five

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Morrissey’s Taste for Shelagh Delaney

August 22, 2016

In an interview with UK music magazine NME in 1986, singer-songwriter Morrissey famously said, “I’ve never made any secret of the fact that at least 50 percent of my reason for writing can be . . . Read more »

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