Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Moon Over the Alley (1976)

British Film Institute
Directed by Joseph Despins
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
(Blu-ray, BFI)

The lives of several people who live and around in a run down London apartment building intertwine. A bartender trains a new employee while his long time girlfriend begins working in a nudie bar; a young boy romances a neighbor and takes her out to the movies; the couple upstairs raises their newborn child. An elderly homeless couple that sleeps in the alley host the story and show up here and there as familiar, friendly faces. The drama occasionally, and jarringly, breaks into songs at times. The result is a sort of kitchen sink musical. Dated and odd, but worth a look, and much better than the previous and better known Despins/Dumaresq effort Duffer.

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