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Refuge England

UK, 1959 (MIFF 1961, Programme 29)

Director: Robert Vas

This intensely personal film brilliantly communicates the loneliness of a stranger confronted with the vastness of a foreign city. A first impression of London and Londoners is captured with a fresh, eager eye and the gradual realisation of their lack of concern is beautifully established in a series of encounters with a newspaper seller, a policeman, and, most effectively of all a man mowing his lawn in a suburban street. The performance of Tibor Molnar as the refugee has complete conviction, and the camerawork, music and sensitively used sound effects all have a striking individuality.

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