DVD – My Beautiful Laundrette

DVD - My Beautiful Laundrette

My Beautiful Launderette

               Genre: Tragicomedy
               Racism, United Kingdom, xenophobia, homophobia

love and riots in Schnellwaschgang

  Anyone who grew up in the eighties and in the (program) Cinema of European origin has been socialized that this film probably know already, who hit the middle of the decade like a bomb. Because it socially relevant and love, zeitgeist, pop culture and an unsparing look at the realities of the Thatcher era, brought together and by the way even well-maintained. And because he immediately marked the starting point of several world careers: Daniel Day-Lewis was the one for My Beautiful Laundrette was the springboard. The other two lucky ones, the director of the film and the author, advanced by the success of the film was briefly on the dream team of young British Cinema by Stephen Frears, who could already claim some films for television, and the young writer Hanif Kureishi has not been modified thanks to an Oscar nomination for Screen Icons on the island and hope to winners of the “New British Cinema”, which in those years, despite or perhaps because of the huge cuts of Thatcherism with directors like Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, as well as Peter Greenaway and even Stephen Frears created a vibrant film culture.

When two years later with Sammy and Rosie Get Laid / Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, another common film followed was allotted to the less successful, however, began the myth of the irresistible duo is already a bit to crumble. And indeed, this should be the last common trick of the two. That they could without each other, was shown in the following years: Stephen Frears became a celebrated film director, finally led the way to Hollywood. Hanif Kureishi, and became a cult author in Britain, because no one as good as he brought the problems of post-colonial multicultural society in the United Kingdom to the point as he did.

My beautiful laundrette told by Omar (Gordon Warnecke), the son of Pakistani journalists, Hussein Ali (Roshan Seth), who was formerly in his country a respected and influential man. But since the suicide of his wife and emigrated to London, the proud Hussein is a broken man, and gives himself up to drunkenness. So Omar is forced to provide for the livelihood of the two men. When his uncle, the very enterprising and successful Nasser (Saeed Jaffrey), he works at a car wash. By Nasser’s ambitious young man gives him a chance and run down the responsibility for transferring laundry. With the zeal and the help of his former schoolmate, the rabaukenhaften Johnny (Daniel Day-Lewis), makes Omar to work and converted the laundry into a real gem. During the work, the two gay men to come closer. But their relationship is viewed with deep suspicion by their environment. When the two a chance to review a hot climate between fear, racism and homophobia?

What’s life like as a foreigner in Britain during the Thatcher years? And what happens to someone who looks not only different than the normal British, but still loves men? And to make matters worse, professionally successful and full of ambition? In her wonderfully tender, but sometimes biting satire Frears and Kureishi take British snobs and racists and Pakistani immigrants alike to target and create a film that in a similar form may also still have its validity. Even if the reunion will trigger My Beautiful Laundrette for many viewers especially nostalgic feelings – really a lot has changed in the 25 years does not change. Neither in the British society is still in our own.

Definitely one of the UK’s most important and influential films of the eighties.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: My Beautiful Launderette Original Title: My Beautiful Laundrette Country of production: United Kingdom Year of production: 1985 Length: (# ) 93 (Min) Published by:

DVD - My Beautiful Laundrette

format: 1,78:1 (anamorph tone / language: German, English) (Dolby Digital Mono) EAN: 4006680052205 Extras: booklet with exclusive texts on film, trailer, all films of British Cinema Arthaus Collection at a Glance

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