Cinema: Quick Cuts

THE RAGMAN'S DAUGHTER is one of those English proletarian soap operas, done up this time with a patina of gloss. The script was written by Alan Sillitoe (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning) in what could only have been a fit of self-loathing. An unhappy employee in a cheese factory, approaching middle age and dwelling on the glum fringes of the lower middle class, recalls a teen-age romance with the ragman's daughter. She was a lustrous girl who came riding down his street on a horse, smiling in soft focus. With glistening white teeth and flowing blond hair, she lacked only a...

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