Leslie Caron received her second Best Actress Oscar nomination for playing a French woman named Jane Fosset, who goes to London and decides to keep her out-of wedlock baby, instead of having an abortion. The subject matter was considered mature and risqué, because abortion was illegal at the time. She rents a room (L-Shaped) in a Notting Hill house populated by other lonely souls and social outcasts, such as Toby (Tom Bell), a writer who falls in love with her, but departs when he finds out she's pregnant.
Many of the character types were new to films of the era, but have since become clichés: the understanding young black, the lesbian actress, and the prostitutes without golden hearts. Director Bryan Forbes brings his usual muted sensibilities to the project, resulting in a work that downplays the sensational aspects and emphasizes characterization. Surprisingly, while The L-Shaped Room was considered too "hot" for several corporate-owned American movie houses, it was an early arrival on 1960s TV, where it frequently ran uncut.
UK 1962 Bryan Forbes 126m
Fri 10 Mar 18:30 (Studio - Tickets £6)