Cinema: Up in the Depths

Life at the Top continues to follow the spoor of Joe Lampton, the scheming, snarling anti-hero of British Novelist John Braine's Room at the Top. In this movie sequel, based on the sequel to the bestseller, nearly everything has changed except Laurence Harvey's skintight performance as Joe.

Ten deadly years later, Joe finds that he has risen to the top only to hang there, skewered. The poor little rich girl whom he had to marry because she was pregnant is now a bored little rich bitch, played by Jean Simmons with just enough sting to paralyze a mate but not quite enough...

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