On 22nd August 2008 after completion of the film 45 years ago, Ken Russell returned to Herne Bay to introduce a special one night outdoor screening of French Dressing in the Memorial Park as part of the Herne Bay Festival 2008. See more »
Where will all of it end? Apache dancing in the Floral Halls? Absinthe in the ice-cream parlors?
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The film was also offered by the distributor as a double billing in 1964 with even further cuts made from the 86 minutes to run as a B-movie. See more »
Having read the less pleasant reviews of French Dressing I've just re- watched it after an absence of 20 years, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it utterly charming and delightful. It's very much a filmed seaside postcard and looks as if everyone loved making it up as they went along. I certainly appreciated the surrealist humour and wasn't at all surprised to see Ken Russell named as director. Bits of it reminded me of Jonathan Miller's Alice in Wonderland (made two years later!), and the burning of the inflatable models, bizarrely, put me in mind of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. And I found Alita Naughton irresistible. Pity its reception so upset Ken Russell.
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