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Wonderwall (1968)

TV-MA | | Drama | 12 January 1969 (UK)
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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... See full summary »

Director:

Joe Massot

Writers:

Gérard Brach (story), Guillermo Cabrera Infante (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jack MacGowran ... Prof. Oscar Collins
Jane Birkin ... Penny Lane
Irene Handl ... Mrs. Peurofoy
Richard Wattis ... Perkins
Iain Quarrier ... Young Man
Beatrix Lehmann ... Mother
Brian Walsh Brian Walsh ... Photographer
Sean Lynch ... Riley
Bee Duffell Bee Duffell ... Mrs. Charmer
Noel Trevarthen ... Policeman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Suki Potier Suki Potier ... Girl at party
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Storyline

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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...LET YOUR MIND WONDER...

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Parede do Escândalo See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Virtually all the soundtrack music was instrumental, with only occasional voices (and those slowed down, or in a foreign language). One lyrical song, "In The First Place", was recorded but not submitted; George Harrison didn't think it would suit Joe Massot. Harrison was mistaken, as it turned out; when the record turned up as the movie was being restored, Massot happily added it to the soundtrack, and a single was belatedly issued. Harrison was pleased to see the record come out, having learned that former Remo Four member Colin Manley was suffering from cancer, and the royalty payments would help with his bills. (Manley died in April 1999.) See more »

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Gat Kirwani
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A glossy cine-magazine of Jane Birkin.
4 February 2005 | by peterwhittle14See all my reviews

'Wonderwall' was one of four 'alternative-cinema' films to debut at the newly opened:'CINECENTA' multi-complex off Leicester Square in January 1969. It had previously had its 'World-Premiere' at the Cannes Film Festival in 1968.

The 'George Harrison' Soundtrack of Indian Ragas & etc. are the aural sound-sheet of a truly reprehensible plot with dull stupefyingly mind-numbing 'animated inserts'such as Butterflys escaping from a collectors album.The whole film seems to be a 'screen-test' for Jane Birkin.She wears coloured tights,Indian dresses,Sunglasses,& on & on............Jack MacGowran actually seems out-of-place in his admirable interpretation of a stuffy lonely Zoological Professor. The actual idea of a lonely bachelor peeping through a hole in a wall on his beautiful débutante neighbour is brilliant.The film doesn't make enough on this concept alone. The Film is too chic & it retains no style.Jane Birkin is flamboyant & exotic but she doesn't have a single word of dialogue.(Except some gibberish heard when the Professor eavesdrops).I assume this was intentional BUT a bad decision.Not hearing Jane Birkin speak makes her even more Kewpie-doll & a window-dressed mannequin throughout this movie. The 'Word-Cards' that were inserted should really now come out & the Director should issue a 'Director's Cut' taking out all the period 'animated-inserts' & politely asking MsBirkin to NOW add a voice-over in suitable places.Perhaps any additional footage could be restored because the film doesn't hold a strong enough allure.(Except of course la Birkin in nice poses!).


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