Terminus (1961)

  |  Short, Documentary

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The movie follows the routine of a busy train station - London's Waterloo Station - making a brief yet important cultural portrait of 1960s England, mixing reality and fiction.

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John Schlesinger


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1 September 2017 | Prismark10
| Training ground
John Schlesinger wrote and directed Terminus of a day in the life in a London railway station and the people who use it, work in it or may even reside in it.

Watching it over 55 years after it was made, it has a frozen in time quality of a London that once existed such as businessmen in bowler hats.

We see people commuting, people going on an expensive holidays as well as a little boy lost. However it increasingly felt less like a documentary as situations became contrived or were re-enacted. Hence why Schlesinger has a writing credit.

The little segment of people from the Caribbean with accompanying calypso music looks odd nowadays.

Still it is important to view it as an early work of someone who would go on to become an Oscar winning director.

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