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Tonite Let's All Make Love in London (1967)

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.

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Alan Aldridge Alan Aldridge ... Self (segment "Painting Pop")
Julie Christie ... Self (segment "Movie Stars")
David Hockney ... Self (segment "Painting Pop")
Andrew Loog Oldham ... Self (segment "It's All Pop Music")
Edna O'Brien Edna O'Brien ... Self (segment "Dollygirls")
Pink Floyd ... Themselves (as The Pink Floyd)
Vanessa Redgrave ... Self (segment "Protest")
Robert Wace Robert Wace ... Self
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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 alfiehitchie

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The title comes from a poem by Allen Ginsberg. See more »

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Himself (segment "Movie Stars"): [Michael Caine] You see we don't want to get drunk or go out and what is properly known as womanising until 2 o'clock in the morning. What we want is the freedom to do so, should we wish. We don't want a lot of rules and regulations. To me, the pubs closing at 11 o'clock and more expensive clubs keeping open later is the most condescending piece of class consciousness I've ever heard. It's to keep the workers out of the pubs so that they're not drunk and up late for work in the morning. This was...
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Featured in Penny Slinger: Out of the Shadows (2017) See more »

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Here Come The Nice
Written by Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott
Performed by The Small Faces
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15 August 2012 | by BribabaSee all my reviews

Tonite Let's All Make Love In London - Yes, lets. A much better idea than making a documentary on the subject, especially one like this. Peter Whitehead's 1967 film is at least narration-free, though I soon found myself pining for something, anything other than the contributions of Mick Jagger ("in the future we'll only be working four hours a day"), or Michael Caine, giving a hint of the old reactionary he was soon to become ("short skirts cause a loss of moral fibre").

On the plus side there's Julie Christie keeping it delightfully unreal and David Hockney ("what I find really sexy is footballers kicking their legs up in the air"). In between times there's a shaky home movie going on, purporting to be about the club scene. Strange, then, that the camera, which never lies, spends an inordinate amount of time being pointed at girl's legs. Pink Floyd's Interstellar Overdrive provides the aural backdrop while Eric Burdon and the Animals are shown recording When I was Young, but it's another song of theirs that this film may bring to mind: We Gotta Get Out of This Place.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

London, Frühjahr 67 See more »

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Lorrimer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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