Alfie and the Sexual Revolution

Irma Skrijelj, Augusta Rosenørn Schmedes, Anne-Sophie W. Frausing, Ina Kjær Andersen & Ida Møller

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In 1966, while the sexual revolution was going on, the traditional relations to sexuality was being challenged by the public debate on the issues such as sexuality, abortion and gender roles. A new lifestyle of sexual liberation was depicted in the Bill Naughton film Alfie. The movie, starring Michael Caine, is directed by Lewis Gilbert and produced by Paramount Pictures. It was released in the UK in 1966, where it also takes place - more specifically in London. In the beginning of the 21st century, the sexual revolution had left its mark on society. Casual sex has become much more commonly accepted, and in 2004, Paramount Pictures released a remake of Alfie, this time directed by Charles Shyer, starring Jude Law as Alfie, and located in Manhattan, U.S.A. Assuming that both movies are reflecting the contemporary society that they are played out in, and vice versa, it raises the question of why it is relevant to remake the original Alfie after 38 years. To answer this question, the movies will be analyzed separately, then to be compared in a discussion. To understand the contemporary society of Alfie, 1966, the relevant history leading up to it is presented. Hereafter, both of the films are respectively analyzed from a historical point of view, examining the themes of the movies relevant to their contemporary society. Finally, both movies are analyzed from a psychological view, to determine Alfie´s type of personality in each movie. In the subsequent discussion, the findings from each film will be compared, in order to conclude on the problem statement: what makes it relevant to recreate a movie, which was a depiction of a historical time. The original movie from 1966 is a picture of its contemporary society, presenting a modern lifestyle of sexual liberation, but without taking a stand as to whether it is right or wrong. In comparison, the remake from 2004 is more of a comment on a lifestyle, seeming to take a clear stand in picturing his lifestyle as wrong. In conclusion, we argue that the remaking of Alfie in 2004 was interesting, because it depicted the consequences of the sexual revolution.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato19 jun. 2013


  • Sexuality, Revolution, Personality, Psychology