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Wonderwall (1968)

TV-MA | | Drama | 12 January 1969 (UK)
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Credited cast:
... Prof. Oscar Collins
... Penny Lane
... Mrs. Peurofoy
... Perkins
... Young Man
... Mother
Brian Walsh ... Photographer
Sean Lynch ... Riley
Bee Duffell ... Mrs. Charmer
... Policeman
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Suki Potier ... Girl at party
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The eccentric professor Oscar Collins lives completely secluded in his chaotic apartment. When a model (Penny Lane) and her photographer boyfriend move in next to him, he becomes fascinated with her. He drills holes in the walls and ceiling and peeps on her day and night. He loses himself in daydreams and delusions. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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George Harrison's band for many of the soundtrack recordings was the Remo Four, who were contemporaries of The Beatles from Liverpool. Learning they were about to break up, Harrison hired them for one last project. Other musicians on the non-Indian tracks (recorded at De Lane Lea Studios) included John Barham, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Peter Tork (playing a five-string banjo Paul McCartney lent him) and Harrison himself, mostly under pseudonyms. See more »

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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Singing Om
Written and Recorded by George Harrison
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Peeping Tom Psychedelia
18 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Any movie that is defended with the idea that it can only be enjoyed by viewing after taking drugs... well, c'mon, you know it's got to be pretty bad. And this is bad, no mistake about it. Sure, it's very colorful, and for the drug-inclined it's an eye-popping visual "overdose" of nostalgic psychedelia...

But at the the heart of this foolish fruity farrago is an offensive story of a geeky middle-aged man obsessing pervertedly over a pretty young woman living next door -- that obsession fueled by non-stop Peeping Tom activity. This sick invasion of privacy is treated as an excitable, joyous, comical diversion. It leads the geek professor to wild flights of fancy and lunatic dreams, giving us plenty of bizarre sequences filmed in full 60's psychedelic-meets-Richard Lester glory. But, wacky comedy-wise, it's weak tea in comparison to Lester's 'The Knack' or 'Help!' And considering the obvious Lester-Beatles influence (including the actor playing Birkin's boyfriend having a distinct Liverpudlian accent) it's no surprise that George Harrison provides the score.

Too bad that the score is awful. Whole scenes go by with virtually no dialogue, thus a catchy pop score from Harrison would be welcome, and add to the nostalgic value of the film beyond the psychedelia. Unfortunately we get the Shankar-sauce sitar-period Harrison. Only those finding a nostalgic trip from Indian music that sounds like the wailing of out-of-tune violins (or worse, the sound of a cat trapped inside bagpipes) will be pleased. Otherwise, it's an ear-offending slog.

And otherwise, filmically, you get a frantic but professional performance from Jack Macgowran, a lot of eye-catching shots of pretty cult-figure Jane Birkin, and a few comic bits that work.


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