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Privilege (1967)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Music  -  28 February 1967 (UK)
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Steven Shorter is the ultimate British music star. His music is listened to by everyone from pre-teens to grandparents. He has no trace of public bad habits or drug involvement. Everyone in... See full summary »

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Steven Shorter is the ultimate British music star. His music is listened to by everyone from pre-teens to grandparents. He has no trace of public bad habits or drug involvement. Everyone in Britain loves him. His handlers begin to use his popularity for projects like increasing the consumption of apples after a bumper crop as an aid to farmers. The handlers decide that Steven should support God and Country next. This leads to, among other things, a rock version of "Onward Christian Soldiers," and the inclusion of a Nazi salute to make it clear (to the viewer) how far the British population will be taken for love of God and Country under Steven's guidance. Steven is very plastic in his direction, shifting as his handlers point him toward new projects until he meets Vanessa Ritchie, an artist who makes him look at what's happening. Written by John Vogel {jlvogel@comcast.net}

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Rev. Jeremy Tate: This black card will be issued to you as you leave the Stadium tonight. On it there are three words.They are simple words but they are vital words. They are words which we must now, all of us, begin using because, since the end of the War, we in Britain have become apathetic, slack, loose in our morality. National cohesion has become unimportant to us! We must fight this. We must. Now, all of us begin to use the words on the card! "We will conform."
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Jerusalem
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Music by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Words by William Blake
Arranged by Edward Elgar
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Expose of media manipulation behind the worlds most beloved performer.
14 September 2003 | by (Minneapolis, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Peter Watkins "Privelege" pretends to be a documentary about a fictional rock star, "Steven Shorter". Paul Jones (singer for Manfred Mann in the early, "Doo Wah Diddy"/"Quinn The Eskimo" days), struggles to deal with his personal problems, amidst violent live shows,and assorted political conspiracies that attempt to manipulate and control him. Some pretty reasonable music, (the christian rock group made up of young robed monks, is an odd highlight!), including a visually stunning climactic performance of "Jerusalem", will make you wonder why this film isn't better known in America. Hard to find, but worth the search.


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