Ken Tucker
February 09, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

type
Stage
Current Status
In Season
run date
01/21/14
performer
Sheldon Best, Zainab Jah, Malik Yoba
director
Leah C. Gardiner
author
Roy Williams

We gave it a B

Director Tony Richardson’s drama, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner — about a working-class bloke (Courtenay) sent off to a reform school where he becomes a cross-country star — won kudos for goosing postwar Brit cinema. Decades later, screenwriter Alan Sillitoe’s take on youthful rebellion and Richardson’s flirtation with New Wave-isms (handheld camera, quick cuts, speeded-up film, etc.) feel tepid compared with Truffaut and Godard or Richard Lester’s Beatles films. What does hold up is Courtenay’s natural, scrappy performance. EXTRAS None.

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