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Promiscuous Speech: Close-Up on "Poor Cow"

Promiscuous Speech: Close-Up on

Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Ken Loach's Poor Cow is showing on Mubi starting January 9, 2021 in the United Kingdom in the series First Films First.An aesthetic of Swinging London is established only to have its seams split in Poor Cow, Ken Loach’s first feature film from 1967. Donovan’s melancholic soundtrack is spiked with bright British Invasion b-sides, London’s industrial neighborhoods filmed in pop-art palettes, and Joy, played by Carol White, is lucent blonde with a fringe and bouffant. Halfway into the film, dressed in a mod-print floral housecoat, Joy finds her bouffant hair-piece destroyed, unhelpfully washed by her toddler as she overslept. The deflated hair-piece which Joy despairingly “can’t go out without!” and cost her “five and eleven” demarks Joy’s status in the narrative; a single, working-class mother with no way to get by but her looks. It

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