Peter Whitehead's disjointed Swinging London documentary, subtitled "A Pop Concerto," comprises a number of different "movements," each depicting a different theme underscored by music: A ... See full summary »
Peter Whitehead's disjointed Swinging London documentary, subtitled "A Pop Concerto," comprises a number of different "movements," each depicting a different theme underscored by music: A early version of Pink Floyd's "Interstellar Overdrive" plays behind some arty nightclub scenes, while Chris Farlowe's rendition of the Rolling Stones' "Out of Time" accompanies a young woman's description of London nightlife and the vacuousness of her own existence. In another segment, the Marquess of Kensington (Robert Wace) croons the nostalgic "Changing of the Guard" to shots of Buckingham Palace's changing of the guard, and recording act Vashti are seen at work in the studio. Sandwiched between are clips of Mick Jagger (discussing revolution), Andrew Loog Oldham (discussing his future) - and Julie Christie, Michael Caine, Lee Marvin, and novelist Edna O'Brien (each discussing sex). The best part is footage of the riot that interrupted the Stones' 1966 Royal Albert Hall concert Written by
A vital historical footnote, or not as the case maybe
I agree. This film is total and utter rubbish. But so were the times in which it was shot. Sex had only been invented in 1963 (pace P Larkin) and by 1967, London was revelling in this new discovery. However, this piece of unmitigated nonsense has one valuable asset: if any of the younger generation wonder where Mike Myers got the concept for Austin Powers then this is the lodestone. True, Myers drew inspiration from some truly dreadful TV series of the 60s but this film will give junior cineasts great help in understanding the lingo and the background to Mr Powers. Watch it once by all means for the sake of reference. And then as Monster 17 says, get help!
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