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During One Night

UK, 1960, 85mins, Cert.15

Film description

Directed by Canadian film-maker Sidney J. Furie, this forgotten work of the British New Wave is a frank and sensitive look at sexual anxiety and inexperience. 

Don Borisenko (hailed as the Canadian James Dean) plays David, a young US fighter pilot stationed in England during World War II. When his friend Mike suffers an emasculating injury, and subsequently commits suicide, David is plunged into psychological turmoil, afraid to die before he loses his virginity. 

This bold and compassionate study of wounded masculinity, male impotency and the trauma of war, deserves to be far better known.


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