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Call Me Genius (1961)

The Rebel (original title)
Anthony Hancock gives up his office job to become an abstract artist. He has a lot of enthusiasm, but little talent, and critics scorn his work. Nevertheless, he impresses an emerging very talented artist.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
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Anthony Hancock gives up his office job to become an abstract artist. He has a lot of enthusiasm, but little talent, and critics scorn his work. Nevertheless, he impresses an emerging very talented artist.

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From London's "Bowler-Hatted" Conformity to Paris' Left Bank Madness! (US release: Call Me Genius) See more »

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26 December 1962 (Denmark)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Eastmancolor)
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In September 2002 the London Institute of Pataphysics recreated Alistair Grant's pieces for the film (down to Magnus Irvin's pyjama'd reworking of Tony's bicycle action painting, itself inspired by former Royal College of Art student Bill Green's output) at London's The Foundry, presenting the exhibition as if it were a retrospective of genuine unknown artist Anthony Hancock. See more »

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Paul Ashby: Art to me is more than inspiration, it's life itself... Every brush-stroke is torn out of my body... I'm seeking the volcanic turbulence of light and colour... I don't just paint a chair, I become the chair.
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The producers wish to acknowledge the fullest co-operation accorded - somewhat apprehensively - by BRITISH RAILWAYS. See more »

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Featured in John Le Mesurier: It's All Been Rather Lovely (2012) See more »

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At Last! At Last!
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Written by Charles Trenet
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Underrated Hancock
1 February 2001 | by (Portsmouth, UK) – See all my reviews

An often overlooked and underrated Hancock vehicle as the Lad from East Cheam inadvertently becomes the toast of the art world when his flatmate's paintings are accidentally attributed to him instead of his own primitive childish daubs.

Great ensemble cast with John Le Mesurier as his boss, the sublime Irene Handl as his landlady Mrs Cravat and George Sanders as his pompous artistic agent.

At the films' centre is a sharp and nicely played critique of the hypocrisy and snobbishness of the art world with the usual taut Galton and Simpson script full of smart one liners.

"What's that?" asks Mrs Cravat looking at a bright pink picture of a man in a beret. "It's a self portrait" replies Hancock. "Who of?" counters Mrs Cravat.

Look out for a very young Nanette Newman as an Existentialist acolyte in the party scene and also Oliver Reed as a cafe artist.

8/10


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