Terminus (1961)

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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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16 May 2002 | PhilAP
I Knew Waterloo Then.
I can't honestly vote for this film, but not because I don't like it. I do.

Because I knew some of those responsible it would be wrong to award "Terminus" maximum marks though I would.

John Schlesinger made "Terminus" for BTF and was given a virtually free hand. All the characters were real people and the only contrived situation was the "little boy lost". He was a relative. He wasn't acting which, while a little cruel, was great film-making.

The lad had a hell of a treat later!

The Waterloo shown was real when "Terminus" was made which is why so much seems dated now. The "bag-lady" refused the amateur payment Equity had negotiated. When she died the film crew made sure she had a decent funeral. That was all they could do.

The film was ground-breaking in it's way. Ciné Vérité was never the same again.

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