A satire about the pros and cons of show business, as told by a variety of real-life French actors, among whom is the legendary Jean-Paul Belmondo.
He switched effortlessly between blustering roles, such as when he played Winston Churchill , and performances of great wit, charm and elegance.
Powerfully built, he had the resonant voice beloved of earlier generations of stage Actors .Saturday Night and Sunday Morning was one of The First kitchen-sink dramas
Albert Finney was born in Salford, Lancashire on 9 May 1936.
His father, known as "Honest Albert", ran a bookmaking business and Finney never abandoned his working-class roots.
"It's part of you," he later said. "It's in The Blood really.
Finney acquired a taste for acting while studying at Salford Grammar School and won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada).
"I was Dead Lucky ," Finney recalled. "It was one of the leading reps in the country. "
Based on a play by John Osborne , it was an example of a new gritty style of British film-making that became known as kitchen-sink drama.Tom Jones made Finney an international star
Its heroes were invariably working-class, the backdrops often that of northern England, and it explored themes of social alienation.
Finney's next film, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, gave him a starring role as a young factory worker who was disillusioned with his lot.
It also earned Finney The First of 13 Bafta nominations, this one for best British actor.Scrooge proved he could sing as well as act
The film, which had an all-star cast, received 10 Oscar nominations, including one for Finney as best actor. In The Event , he did not win, although the film did get four statuettes, including best picture.
He also appeared in performances of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard.Typecast
In the 1967 film Charlie Bubbles , which Finney also directed, he played a writer returning to his northern roots after becoming successful in London.
In one scene, Finney's character is pictured driving his gold Rolls Royce through the crumbling streets of his native Salford.The Dresser paired him with Tom Courtenay
Finney later complained that he was typecast in The Role . "People do think I weigh 300lb with a French accent. "
He also received nominations for Under the Volcano in 1984 and the 2000 film Erin Brockovich , although he never actually received a gold statuette or attended the awards ceremony.Powerful presence
"It's a long way to go for a party, sitting there for six hours not having a cigarette or a drink," he declared. "It's a waste of time. "The Gathering Storm
"I'm a born flirt and that will never stop, but I would take things no further. I Am loyal and content. "
He had kidney cancer diagnosed in 2007, and he disappeared from public view, but returned with roles in The Bourne Ultimatum and James Bond film Skyfall.
He largely ignored the celebrity lifestyle and refused becoming CBE in 1980 and a knight in 2000.
"I think the Sir thing slightly perpetuates one of our diseases in England, which is snobbery," he said at the time. "And it also helps keep us 'quaint', which I'm not a great fan of. "