Girl with green eyes

Director: Rita Tushingham

U.K.| 1963. Black and white. 91 min.

Still riding high on the success of A Taste of Honey (1961), Rita Tushingham confirmed her status as British cinema’s favourite quirky ingenue in this adaptation by Edna O’Brien of her autobiographical novel The Lonely Girl. Shot on location in Dublin and Wicklow, Girl with Green Eyes details the exploits of a shy County Clare girl (Tushingham) and her exuberant flatmate (Lynn Redgrave) as they explore the temptations of city life. Peter Finch gives solid support as the middle-aged writer with whom Redgrave embarks on a doomed affair. By turns sweet, sensitive and grim in the manner of much realist British cinema of the 1960s, director Desmond Davis’ picture also makes stunning use of Dublin locations. Watch out for some especially poignant scenes of afternoon tea and sticky buns in Bewley’s.

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