Georgy Girl

Georgy Girl is a 1966 British film based on a novel by Margaret Forster. The film was directed by Silvio Narizzano and starred Lynn Redgrave (as Georgy), Charlotte Rampling, Alan Bates, and James Mason. The movie also features the well-known title song, "Georgy Girl" as performed by The Seekers.

The plot follows the story of a virginal young woman in 1960s Swinging London who is faced with a dilemma when pursued by both her father's older employer and the young lover of her promiscuous and pregnant flatmate.

Georgy Girl
Georgy girl
Promotional film poster
Directed bySilvio Narizzano
Produced byRobert A. Goldston
Otto Plaschkes
George Pitcher (assoc. producer)
Written byMargaret Forster
Peter Nichols
Based onGeorgy Girl
by Margaret Forster
StarringJames Mason
Alan Bates
Lynn Redgrave
Charlotte Rampling
Music byTom Springfield
Alexander Faris
CinematographyKenneth Higgins
Edited byJohn Bloom
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • 17 October 1966
(USA)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Budget$400,000[1]
Box office$16,873,162[2]

Plot

Georgina Parkin (Lynn Redgrave) is a 22-year-old Londoner who has considerable musical talent, is well educated, and has an engaging if shameless manner. On the other hand, she believes herself to be plain and slightly overweight, dresses haphazardly, and is incredibly naïve on the subjects of love and flirtation; she has never had a boyfriend. She has an inventive imagination and loves children.

Her parents are the live-in employees of successful businessman James Leamington (James Mason). Leamington is 49 and has a loveless, childless marriage with Ellen (Rachel Kempson, Lynn Redgrave's real life mother). He has watched with affection as "Georgy" grew up, and has treated her as if he were her second father: he provided for her education, and for a studio in his own home in which she teaches dance to children.

As Georgy has become a young woman, however, his feelings for her have become more than fatherly: James offers Georgy a legal contract, proposing to supply her with the luxuries of life in return for her becoming his mistress. Georgy sidesteps his proposal by never giving him a direct response; Leamington's business-like language and manner (and awkward inability to express any affection for her) leave her cold.

Georgy's flatmate is the beautiful Meredith (Charlotte Rampling), who works as a violinist in an orchestra, but is otherwise a shallow woman who lives for her own hedonistic pleasures. She treats the meekly compliant Georgy like an unpaid servant.

When Meredith discovers that she is pregnant by her boyfriend Jos Jones (Alan Bates), they get married. She tells him bluntly that she has already aborted two of his children, but she wants to marry because she's "bored." Jos moves in with the two young women. He becomes disillusioned with Meredith and begins to find himself attracted to Georgy, who convinces Leamington to buy several expensive items for the baby's care.

While in the midst of an argument with Meredith over her cavalier attitude to her pregnancy, Jos suddenly kisses Georgy and tells her that he loves her. Georgy flees the apartment onto the streets of London, where Jos follows her, screaming over and over again that he loves her as he pursues her.

The two return to the flat, where they consummate their new found love, after which there is a knock at the flat door by a friend of Meredith who tells them that Meredith has gone to the hospital to give birth. Jos and Georgy go to the hospital, where Georgy tries to comfort Meredith while she is in labour. Jos and Georgy's [secret] love affair continues.

Meredith gives birth to a daughter named Sara. Since she has no interest in the baby, and is tired of Jos, she announces that she plans to put the child up for adoption and divorce her husband.

Georgy and Jos set up home together in the flat, caring for baby Sara and living as a common-law married couple. It soon becomes clear that Georgy cares more for the baby than for having an adult relationship with Jos. Their relationship ends when Jos tires of a father's responsibilities, and abandons her and the baby. Now that Georgy is the sole caregiver of a baby to whom she has no blood ties, Social Services wish to remove baby Sara from her care.

In the meantime, Leamington's wife has died. Leamington, who was unable to express his true feelings for Georgy while his wife lived, now finds himself free to express his love for her and proposes marriage. Georgy accepts because this will allow her to keep Sara. The two marry despite the difference in their backgrounds and ages and officially adopt Sara, making Georgy a mother. As the newlyweds are chauffeured away from their wedding, Georgy ignores her new husband, focusing on Sara.

Cast

Reception

The film was successful at the box office. By 1967 it had earned an estimated $7 million in the United States and $6 million in other countries.[3] By the end of 1967 it had earned $7,330,000 in rentals in North America according to rentals accruing to the distributors.[4]

Locations

Several scenes were filmed in Little Venice, notably outside a canal-side house on Maida Avenue.

Title song

The title song, "Georgy Girl", written by Tom Springfield and Jim Dale, was recorded by Australian band The Seekers. A single release of the song (with somewhat different lyrics) topped the singles chart in Australia, and was a top-ten hit in both the UK and the US (#2 for two weeks). It was the 56th biggest British hit of 1967,[5] and the 57th biggest American hit of 1967.[6] It became a gold record, and was also nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Original Song from a Motion Picture category.

Academy Awards

Nominations[7]

Adaptation

The film was the basis for an unsuccessful musical stage adaptation called simply Georgy.

It was adapted for BBC Radio 4 in 2013 by Rhiannon Tise.[8]

References

  1. ^ Box Office Information for Georgy Girl. IMDb. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Georgy Girl, Box Office Information". The Numbers. the-numbers.com. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  3. ^ Alexander Walker Hollywood, England, Stein and Day, 1974 p.310
  4. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1967", Variety, 3 January 1968 p 25
  5. ^ http://www.uk-charts.top-source.info/top-100-1967.shtml
  6. ^ http://www.musicoutfitters.com/topsongs/1967.htm
  7. ^ "Georgy Girl". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 10 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Georgy Girl Episode 1 of 5". Retrieved 29 August 2013.

External links

16th Berlin International Film Festival

The 16th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 24 June – 5 July 1966. The Golden Bear was awarded to the British film Cul-de-sac directed by Roman Polanski.

39th Academy Awards

The 39th Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 1966, were held on April 10, 1967, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. They were hosted by Bob Hope.

Only two of the Best Picture nominees were nominated for Best Director: A Man for All Seasons and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Both were adaptations of stage dramas.

Alexander Faris

Samuel Alexander "Sandy" Faris (11 June 1921 – 28 September 2015) was a Northern Irish composer, conductor and writer, known for his television theme tunes, including the theme music for the 1970s TV series Upstairs, Downstairs. He composed and recorded many operas and musicals, and also composed film scores (including for Georgy Girl) and orchestral works. As a conductor, he was especially known for his revivals of Jacques Offenbach and Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.

Blow in the Wind

Blow in the Wind is the third album by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, released in 2001 on the Fat Wreck Chords independent record label. Blow in the Wind features several tracks which are led off with musical mash-ups of, or homages to, classic Punk songs, a trend the group began on their second album, Are a Drag (with an appropriation of "Generator" by Bad Religion for their cover of "My Favorite Things") and would continue with Take a Break and Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah: "Sloop John B" samples "Teenage Lobotomy" by The Ramones, "Elenor" samples "London Calling" by The Clash, "San Francisco" samples "Stranger Than Fiction" by Bad Religion, "I Only Want To Be With You" samples and "The Money Will Roll Right In" by Fang. Similarly, the track "Different Drum" also ends with a guitar riff taken from "Georgy Girl" by the Seekers.

The first song begins with a clip similar to the hidden track on the NOFX album Punk in Drublic where Fat Mike attempts to find the proper pitch of the word "how" in the line "How did the cat get so fat?" from "Perfect Government".

The album is made up entirely of "Hits of the 1960s". The band's version of "Different Drum" can be heard during the credits of the film Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.

The band's version of 'Sloop John B' is featured in the film The Wolf of Wall Street.

Bobby Vinton Sings the Newest Hits

Bobby Vinton Sings the Newest Hits is Bobby Vinton's fifteenth studio album, released in 1967.Primarily a cover album, this album contains various songs from past years, especially movie themes. Cover songs include "Call Me" (a British hit for Petula Clark in 1964 and U.S. hit for Chris Montez in 1965) and "The End of the World" (a hit for Skeeter Davis in 1963). Movie themes include "Born Free", "The Shadow of Your Smile", "This Is My Song", "Georgy Girl" and "All". Two singles came from this album: "Coming Home Soldier" (co-written by Vinton); the song, a sequel of sorts to Vinton's earlier hit "Mr. Lonely", reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The follow-up, "For He's A Jolly Good Fellow", originally written and recorded by Ray Stevens, charted at #66.

Capitol Collectors Series (The Seekers album)

Capitol Collectors Series is a 1992 compilation of 23 tracks recorded by Australian band The Seekers. This release was the first time that many of these songs were available on compact disc. The CD contained studio recording, live tracks and radio jingles. The compilation was part of the Capitol Collectors Series.

Charlotte Rampling

Tessa Charlotte Rampling (born 5 February 1946) is an English actress, model and singer, known for her work in European arthouse films in English, French, and Italian. An icon of the Swinging Sixties, she began her career as a model and later became a fashion icon and muse.She was cast in the role of Meredith in the 1966 film Georgy Girl, which starred Lynn Redgrave. She soon began making French and Italian arthouse films, most notably during this time in Luchino Visconti's The Damned (1969) and Liliana Cavani's The Night Porter (1974). She went on to star in Zardoz (1974), Farewell, My Lovely (1975), Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980), opposite Paul Newman in The Verdict (1982), Long Live Life (1984), Max, Mon Amour (1986), Angel Heart (1987) and The Wings of the Dove (1997). In 2002 she released an album of recordings in the style of cabaret, titled As A Woman.In the 2000s, she became the muse of French director François Ozon, appearing in his films Under the Sand (2000), Swimming Pool (2003) and Angel (2007). On television, she is known for her role as Evelyn Vogel in Dexter (2013). In 2012 she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, both for her performance in the miniseries Restless. Other television roles include work in Broadchurch and London Spy, for the latter of which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. For her performance in the 2015 film 45 Years, she won the Berlin Film Festival Award for Best Actress, the European Film Award for Best Actress, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. In 2017, she won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the 74th Venice International Film Festival for Hannah.A four-time César Award nominee, she received an Honorary César in 2001 and France's Legion of Honour in 2002. She was made an OBE in 2000 for her services to the arts, and received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Film Awards. In 2015, she released her autobiography, which she wrote in French, titled Qui Je Suis, or Who I Am. She later worked on an English translation, which was published in March 2017.

Clare Kelly

Clare Kelly (February 25, 1922 in Manchester –

February 18, 2001 in Bath, Somerset) was an English actress who worked primarily in television. She was known for roles in films such as Georgy Girl (1966), And Soon the Darkness (1970), The Fourth Protocol (1987) and her roles in The Cuckoo Waltz (1975). TV roles included Valerie Barlow's mother Edith Tatlock in long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street (1969), Mrs. Rothwell in A Kind of Loving and as Violet Littlejohn in 'Rep (1982). Kelly also appeared in several roles in The Bill.

Come the Day

Come the Day is the fifth studio album by Australian group the Seekers. The album was released in 1966. In North America, the album was titled Georgy Girl. The album peaked at number 2 in the Billboard albums chart and number 3 in the United Kingdom and number 7 in Australia.

Georgy

Georgy may refer to:

Georgy (name), the Russian form of the name George

Diminituve for Georgina

Georgy, the protagonist in Georgy Girl novel, film, and song

Georgy (musical), a musical from the novel Georgy Girl

Georgy Girl (disambiguation)

Georgy Girl, or Georgie Girl, may refer to:

Georgy Girl (film), a 1966 British film based on a novel by Margaret Forster

Georgie Girl (film), a 2001 American film, directors Annie Goldson and Peter Wells

"Georgy Girl" (song), the title song to the film Georgy Girl, performed by The Seekers

Georgy Girl, novel by Margaret Forster

Georgy Girl (song)

"Georgy Girl" is a song by the Australian folk music group the Seekers. It was used as the title song for the 1966 film of the same name. Tom Springfield, who had written "I'll Never Find Another You", composed the music and Jim Dale supplied the lyrics. The song is heard at both the beginning and end of the film, with markedly different lyrics (and with different lyrics again from those in the commercially released version). It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song but lost the Oscar to the theme song from the film Born Free.

The song became a hit in late 1966 and early 1967, reaching number one in Australia and number three in the United Kingdom. In the United States, it was the Seekers' highest charting single, reaching number one on the Cash Box Top 100. "Georgy Girl" reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100, I'm a Believer by The Monkees, kept the song from number one. The song US success prompted the Seekers' British album Come the Day to be retitled Georgy Girl for its American release.

James Mason

James Neville Mason (; 15 May 1909 – 27 July 1984) was an English actor. Mason achieved considerable success in British cinema before becoming one of Hollywood's biggest stars. He was the top box office attraction in the UK in 1944 and 1945, with notable films including The Seventh Veil (1945) and The Wicked Lady (1945). He starred in Odd Man Out (1947), the first recipient of the BAFTA Award for Best British Film.

He starred in a number of successful British and American films from the 1950s to the early 1980s, including The Desert Fox, A Star Is Born, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Lolita, North by Northwest, The Prisoner of Zenda, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, A Touch of Larceny, Bigger Than Life, Julius Caesar, Georgy Girl, The Deadly Affair, Age of Consent, Heaven Can Wait, The Boys from Brazil, The Verdict, Mandingo, Murder by Decree and Salem's Lot.

Mason was nominated for three Academy Awards, three Golden Globes (winning the Golden Globe in 1955 for A Star is Born) and two BAFTA Awards throughout his career. Following his death in 1984, his ashes were interred near the tomb of his close friend, fellow English actor Sir Charlie Chaplin.

Jim Dale

Jim Dale, (born James Smith; 15 August 1935) is an English actor, narrator, singer, director, and composer. In the United Kingdom, he is best known as a pop singer of the 1960s who became a leading actor at the National Theatre. In the British film world, he became one of the regulars in the Carry On series. In the United States, he is most recognised as a leading actor on Broadway, where he had roles in Scapino, Barnum, Candide and Me and My Girl, as well as for narrating all seven of the Harry Potter audiobooks in the American market (for which he received two Grammy Awards out of six nominations) and the ABC series Pushing Daisies (2007–2009); he also starred in the Disney film Pete's Dragon (1977). He was nominated for a BAFTA Award for portraying a young Spike Milligan in Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall (1973).

As a lyricist, Dale was nominated for both an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for the song "Georgy Girl", the theme for the 1966 film of the same name.

Kenneth Higgins

Kenneth Higgins (26 December 1919 - 22 January 2008) was a British cinematographer who worked on both television and film.

He was nominated at the 39th Academy Awards for Best Cinematography-Black and White for his work on the film Georgy Girl.

List of songs recorded by The Seekers

This is a list of songs performed by the Australian pop / folk group The Seekers – on record and live in concert, 144 songs in total.

Lynn Redgrave

Lynn Rachel Redgrave (8 March 1943 – 2 May 2010) was an English and American actress.

A member of the Redgrave family of actors, Lynn trained in London before making her theatrical debut in 1962. By the mid-1960s she had appeared in several films, including Tom Jones (1963) and Georgy Girl (1966) which won her a New York Film Critics Award and nominations for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

She made her Broadway debut in 1967, and performed in several stage productions in New York while making frequent returns to London's West End. She performed with her sister Vanessa in Three Sisters in London, and in the title role of Baby Jane Hudson in a television production of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? in 1991. She made a return to films in the late 1990s in films such as Shine (1996) and Gods and Monsters (1998) for which she received another Academy Award nomination. Lynn Redgrave is the only person to have been nominated for all of the 'Big Four' American entertainment awards (Grammy, Emmy, Oscar and Tony) without winning any of them.

Margaret Forster

Margaret Forster (25 May 1938 – 8 February 2016) was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist, historian and literary critic. She is best known for her 1965 novel Georgy Girl, which was made into a successful film of the same name and inspired a hit song by The Seekers, as well as her 2003 novel Diary of an Ordinary Woman; her biographies of Daphne du Maurier and Elizabeth Barrett Browning; and her memoirs Hidden Lives and Precious Lives.

The Seekers

The Seekers are an Australian folk-influenced pop quartet, originally formed in Melbourne in 1962. They were the first Australian pop music group to achieve major chart and sales success in the United Kingdom and the United States. They were popular during the 1960s with their best-known configuration as: Judith Durham on vocals, piano, and tambourine; Athol Guy on double bass and vocals; Keith Potger on twelve-string guitar, banjo, and vocals; and Bruce Woodley on guitar, mandolin, banjo, and vocals.

The group had Top 10 hits in the 1960s with "I'll Never Find Another You", "A World of Our Own", "Morningtown Ride", "Someday, One Day" (written by Paul Simon), "Georgy Girl" (the title song of the film of the same name), and "The Carnival Is Over" by Tom Springfield, the last being an adaptation of the Russian folk song "Stenka Razin". The Seekers have sung it at various closing ceremonies in Australia, including World Expo 88 and the Paralympics. It is still one of the top 50 best-selling singles in the UK. Australian music historian Ian McFarlane described their style as "concentrated on a bright, uptempo sound, although they were too pop to be considered strictly folk and too folk to be rock."

In 1967, they were named as joint "Australians of the Year" – the only group thus honoured. In July 1968, Durham left to pursue a solo career and the group disbanded. The band has reformed periodically, and in 1995 they were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. "I'll Never Find Another You" was added to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Sounds of Australia registry in 2011. Woodley's and Dobe Newton's song "I Am Australian", which was recorded by The Seekers, and by Durham with Russell Hitchcock and Mandawuy Yunupingu, has become an unofficial Australian anthem. With "I'll Never Find Another You" and "Georgy Girl", the band also achieved success in the United States, but not nearly at the same level as in the rest of the world. The Seekers have sold over 50 million records worldwide.

The Seekers were individually honoured as Officers of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours of June 2014.

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