It Always Rains on Sunday, a Frank, Bracing Brit Noir

08/14/2009 10:33 AM |

You could call the secret loves in It Always Rains on Sunday noirish, yet the passion and torments of its women are grounded in an East End locale that feels kitchen-sink-real. The 1947 Ealing Studios drama by Robert Hamer, best known for the Alec Guinness black comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets, is frank and bracing in ways that we’re not used to seeing in a movie from this period.

Film Forum screens It Always Rains on Sunday today and tomorrow as part of their Brit Noir series; read the rest of Nicolas Rapold’s review, from the film’s 2008 revival, here.