Remembering Alan Clarke, the King of Bleak, Violent British Cinema

Gary Oldman (left) and Alan Clarke on the set of 'The Firm.' Photo courtesy of the BBC

Fearless, unflinching, and often brutally graphic, Alan Clarke made films that rank among the most original—and controversial—in British cinematic history. From razor-wielding yuppie football firms to the brutal realities of borstal life; urban fascism and the troubles in Northern Ireland to teenage sex, Clarke was unafraid to shine a light on the kind of unpalatable areas of British society that...

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