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Kes (Criterion) (1970)

Cast: David Bradley, Freddie Fletcher, Colin Welland, more...
Director: Ken Loach
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Coming of Age , UK, Criterion Collection
Languages: English

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Kes (Criterion) (1970)
Named one of the ten best British films of the century by the British Film Institute, Ken Loach's Kes, is cinema's quintessential portrait of working-class Northern England. Billy (an astonishingly naturalistic David Bradley) is a fifteen-year-old miner's son whose close bond with a wild kestrel provides him with a spiritual escape from his dead-end life. Kes brought to the big screen the sociopolitical engagement Loach had established in his work for the BBC, and pushed the British "angry young man" film of the sixties into a new realm of authenticity, using real locations and nonprofessional actors. Loach's poignant coming-of-age drama remains the now legendary director's most beloved and influential film.

Kes (Criterion) (Bonus Disc) (1970)

  • Making "Kes," a new documentary featuring Loach, Menges, producer Tony Garnett, and actor David Bradley
  • The Southbank Show: "Ken Loach," a 1993 profile
  • Cathy Come Home (1966), an early television feature by Loach, with an afterword by film writer Graham Fuller
  • Alternate, internationally released soundtrack, with postsync dialogue

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Kes (Criterion) (1970)
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BFI's Top 100 British Films of the 20th Century
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In 1999 the BFI surveyed 1000 people from the world of UK film and television to produce this list. A few of the selected films were wholly or partly produced by non-UK companies, but but were perceived by voters as having significant British involvement
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