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Red, White and Zero (1967)

The White Bus (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 21 December 1979 (USA)
An impassive young girl is taken from her suicidal London life, back to her home in North England, on a bizarre bus trip. Seen through the poetic eye of the camera, this is a commentary of doomed British morbidity.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Healey ...
The Girl
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The Mayor
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Macebearer
Julie Perry ...
Conductress
Stephen Moore ...
Young Man
Victor Henry ...
Transistorite
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Supporter
Fanny Carby ...
Supporter
Malcolm Taylor ...
Supporter
Allan O'Keefe ...
Supporter (as Alan O'Keefe)
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Brechtian
Jeanne Watts ...
Fish Shop Woman
Eddie King ...
Fish Shop Man
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Boy
Penny Ryder ...
Girl
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An impassive young girl is taken from her suicidal London life, back to her home in North England, on a bizarre bus trip. Seen through the poetic eye of the camera, this is a commentary of doomed British morbidity.

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1.37 : 1
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This was Sir Anthony Hopkins' film debut. See more »

Connections

Followed by Red and Blue (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Resolution der Kommunarden
Performed by Anthony Hopkins
Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht / Music by Hanns Eisler
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Interesting short film by Lindsay Anderson
20 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

Interesting 47 minute short from a Shelagh Delaney short story. A girl quits her dull job, and goes on a surrealistic bus tour of a dilapidated Manchester. Along for the ride are a strange mix, including a lascivious vicar, lord mayor (Arthur Lowe, always great), etc. Many of the techniques that became part of 'If' and 'O Lucky Man' first show up here.(e.g. mixing color and B+W). It also follows 'O Lucky Man' in being a surreal journey of a somewhat passive, young lead character traveling through a world where they have little power. Enigmatic, sure, but it's interesting and entertaining in a Brechtian/Anderson sort of dark humored politically satirical way. Cleary it's making fun of the pathetic nature of modern society and our desperate need to justify all the glories of 'progress that really sap our humanity. Some terrific and haunting images. Anthony Hopkins appears very briefly singing in German (?!?).


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