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French Dressing (1964)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 11 September 1964 (USA)
A drab little English seaside town tries to improve its image - and increase its revenues - by holding a film festival. When a famous continental star agrees to attend, things get out of hand.

Director:

Ken Russell

Writers:

Peter Myers (screenplay), Ronald Cass (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
James Booth ... Jim Stephens
Roy Kinnear ... Henry Liggott
Marisa Mell ... Françoise Fayol
Alita Naughton Alita Naughton ... Judy
Bryan Pringle ... The Mayor
Robert Robinson Robert Robinson ... Robert Robinson
Germaine Delbat Germaine Delbat ... Frenchwoman
Norman Pitt Norman Pitt ... Westbourne Mayor
Henry McCarty Henry McCarty ... Bridgmouth Mayor
Sandor Elès ... Vladek
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A drab little English seaside town tries to improve its image - and increase its revenues - by holding a film festival. When a famous continental star agrees to attend, things get out of hand.

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Taglines:

The Film With a Lot of Body!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Robert Robinson: Where will all of it end? Apache dancing in the Floral Halls? Absinthe in the ice-cream parlors?
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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Having a Wild Weekend (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Mademoiselle From Armentieres
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arrangement by Georges Delerue
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Thoroughly re-enjoyed
30 July 2017 | by dp-66183See all my reviews

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

French Dressing See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Original Workprint)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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