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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.

Director:

Lindsay Anderson

Writers:

Shelagh Delaney (screenplay), Shelagh Delaney (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Healey ... The Girl
Arthur Lowe ... The Mayor
John Sharp ... Macebearer
Julie Perry Julie Perry ... Conductress
Stephen Moore Stephen Moore ... Young Man
Victor Henry Victor Henry ... Transistorite
John Savident ... Supporter
Fanny Carby Fanny Carby ... Supporter
Malcolm Taylor Malcolm Taylor ... Supporter
Allan O'Keefe Allan O'Keefe ... Supporter (as Alan O'Keefe)
Anthony Hopkins ... Brechtian
Jeanne Watts Jeanne Watts ... Fish Shop Woman
Eddie King Eddie King ... Fish Shop Man
Barry Evans ... Boy
Penny Ryder ... Girl
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Red, White and Zero See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Holly Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Black and White (Black & White and Color)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was originally intended as part of an anthology film, in the manner of such multi-director continental films as Boccaccio '70 (1962), which were very popular in the 1960s. Tony Richardson, Lindsay Anderson, and Peter Brook were each to direct a short film for this compilation, which was announced as being titled "Red, White And Zero". Richardson's film was called "Red And Blue", and starred Vanessa Redgrave and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.; Anderson's was "The White Bus"; Brook's (the shortest of the three) was called "The Ride Of The Valkyries", and starred Zero Mostel. However, the film was never released as the three-part entity originally intended. Richardson's contribution, which was a sort of mini-musical with songs by Bassiak, was press-shown in London, but got no cinema showings; Vanessa Redgrave did make a record of songs from the film. Brook's was shown once, years later, on British television, and then disappeared. Anderson's film actually got cinema showings in Britain and elsewhere, although not until late 1968, two years after it was made. It was released just before Anderson's biggest success in the cinema, If.... (1968). See more »

Quotes

The Girl: [to suitor] I'll write.
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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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Surreal foreshadowing of Anderson's features
29 January 2012 | by typratSee all my reviews

Cute, whacky and beautifully shot surrealistic short from Lindsay Anderson which clearly foreshadows if.... which followed a year later (plus O Lucky Man and Brittania Hospital too). The same cinematographer as on if.... plus the mix of black and white and colour shots.

Some key music sound cues from if... feature here for the first time plus the reading of the proverbs quote "wisdom is the principal thing..." which opens if....

There's also a bit of M Hulot's theme from Mon Oncle mixed in there plus some classic Tati-esque visual humor. I guess Mr Anderson had a whole lot of stuff already brewing that would come flowing out in force a little later.

Criterion definitely missed a trick not including this on the if.... DVD/Bluray - a little more relevant than the Oscar winning short about the deaf kids I'd say. All in all a charming, strange and chuckly way to spend forty minutes.


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