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London Waterloo film - John Schlesinger's Terminus (1961) - extract




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Published on Feb 7, 2008

John Schlesinger's award-winning short shows a busy day at London's Waterloo Station, where countless lives interact fleetingly: a little boy separated from his Mum (seen here); a young woman forlorn among myriad joyful reunions, waiting for a beau who never arrives.

Opting to let the sights and sounds of the bustling station speak for themselves, Schlesinger dispenses with a traditional narrator, roaming this London landmark to capture the everyday magic of rail travel at a time when its decline was imminent. (Simon McCallum)

For more information about John Schlesinger and 'Terminus' see

Teachers can find a lesson plan for 'Terminus' here -

You can buy 'Terminus' on DVD at

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