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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Healey ...
The Girl
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The Mayor
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Macebearer
Julie Perry ...
Conductress
Stephen Moore ...
Young Man
Victor Henry ...
Transistorite
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Supporter
Fanny Carby ...
Supporter
Malcolm Taylor ...
Supporter
Allan O'Keefe ...
Supporter (as Alan O'Keefe)
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Brechtian
Jeanne Watts ...
Fish Shop Woman
Eddie King ...
Fish Shop Man
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Boy
Penny Ryder ...
Girl
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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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1.37 : 1
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This was Sir Anthony Hopkins' film debut. See more »

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Followed by Red and Blue (1967) See more »

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Resolution der Kommunarden
Performed by Anthony Hopkins
Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht / Music by Hanns Eisler
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Red and Blue by Tony Richardson
2 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

This review is for Red, White and Zero. It's possible to reconstruct the facts around this film, but the IMDb listing is confusing. Lindsay Anderson's The White Bus was briefly and unsuccessfully released with two other shorts: a very short film by Peter Brook featuring Zero Mostel in a hurry (The Ride of the Valkyries - lots of frantic mugging), and Red and Blue by Tony Richardson. Only Lindsay Anderson's film seems to be readily available. (The others would make good Criterion extras.)

I saw Red, White and Zero on late night Australian television in 1984. The White Bus wasn't seen to best effect on the small screen - rather self-consciously poetic, but as an Anderson film it will obviously bear reseeing. Red and Blue was fascinating and not very good. Tony Richardson was in love with the Nouvelle Vague, and raided its box of tricks and its composers (Bassiak from Jules and Jim; Duhamel from Godard's Pierrot le Fou) in an imitation Demy/Moreau vehicle for Vanessa Redgrave! She fluted a song in English, and Kevin Brownlow provided the jumpcuts. (You can hear her singing Bassiak's Bonjour Papa on YouTube).

Most weirdly, the sex interests for the romantically-besieged Vanessa were provided by Douglas Fairbanks Jr, William Sylvester (the scientist from Kubrick's 2001), and Michael York. The sparks didn't exactly fly. Anyway, after 30 years, it's time to make this available again.


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