Terence Davies discusses Ladbroke Grove in Little White Lies interview
What are your thoughts on the various adaptations of The Deep Blue Sea that have been made down the years?
Well it was sort of adapted by Rattigan but the film, which was directed by Anatole Litvak, is a film filming the play. We saw some extracts on it on YouTube and it was unwatchable, I mean it so theatrical and her performance is so dreadful; I couldn’t believe how bad it was. I’m glad I saw it after we’d made it because it was truly awful. I mean, it’s supposed to be in a bedsit in Ladbroke Grove and they’re in this enormous, enormous house and this huge staircase and she’s dressed in this couture… you think, ‘this isn’t Ladbroke Grove.’ Britain wasn’t like that after the war, it wasn’t; it was desolate and bleak and it was bankrupt.
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