Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 212: Thu Dec 16

I Could Go on Singing (Neame, 1963): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 6.15pm

This film is screening from a vintage 35mm Technicolor print preserved by the BFI National Archive and will be introduced by BFI Curator Josephine Botting and Dirk Bogarde’s niece Alice Van den Bogaerde.

Time Out review:
Well-built people have been known to keel over under the intense glare of Judy Garland's emotions in this old-fashioned tug-of-love melodrama (her last film). And the narrative provides very little shelter, as she plays a famous singer topping the bill at the London Palladium, struggling to wrest her illegitimate son away from his surgeon father (Dirk Bogarde). Naturally, this is required viewing for Garland devotees, but with Ronald Neame's glacial, humourless manner of directing it's hardly the film if you just want fun.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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