Directed by Robert Mulligan
USA 1967

 

We need more American films like "Up the Down Staircase." We need more films that might be concerned, even remotely, with real experiences that might once have happened to real people. And we need more actresses like Sandy Dennis, who looks as if she may be alive and not a plastic robot turned out by the little elves who constructed Doris Day and Sandra Dee. Here, at last, is a film made in America by Americans in which no one is murdered by a cigarette lighter.

The film's setting is Calvin Coolidge High School, one of those vast blocks of stone and brick in which our cities educate 3,000 students at a shot. Coolidge High is apparently located somewhere in a low income, racially mixed New York neighborhood, and it is a "problem" school. That makes it bait for an idealistic naive new teacher who wants to "expand vistas."

As the teacher, Sandy Dennis is perfectly cast. She doesn't know how to teach, what to teach or, in the end, even why she wants to teach. Her first lesson comes in the first two minutes of her first class, when she quotes Emily Dickinson ("There is no frigate like a book") and the students hoot with laughter. A veteran teacher suggests maybe she should have substituted "steamship." These are the things you have to think about if you propose to reach real kids.

Excerpt from Roger Ebert's review at the Chicago Sun-Times located HERE.

 

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Theatrical Release: July 1967 - Moscow Film Festival

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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 2:03:32 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.56 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, English (CC), French, None
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Studio: Warner Home Video

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Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

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DVD Release Date: November 6th, 2007

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No surprises from Warner in this release - it's excessively competent - progressive, anamorphic and dual-layered. I quite enjoyed the film and whole-heartedly agree with Ebert for a change. I think Mulligan deserves a lot of credit. The transfer is accurately represented by the chosen screen caps - colors look very good - there is a bit of noise and some good grain - detail and contrast have some exceptional moments. I'd say this is DVD has great value despite there being no supplements.

My advice is 'give this one a shot' - you may be, as I, very pleasantly surprised. Great lead performances in a touching social drama - and like the image quality, much better than average. 

Gary W. Tooze

 

 



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