“The Angry Silence”, directed by Guy Green

Movie, 1960

Psychological study looking at the strains and pressures building on a strike breaker working in a factory. An industrial drama in which sympathies lie with the individual rather than on any groups, particularly the local union branch, which is shown manipulating and unable to control events and reactions against the main character. Straightforward direction and acting allow the full domestic impact to come out, particularly through a strong performance as strikebreaker’s wife from Pier Angeli. A good pace and some fairly brutal violence, which carry a feeling of shock and tension, which work especially well in the otherwise familiar, humdrum settings.

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