“The Bed-Sitting Room”, directed by Richard Lester

Movie, 1969

Over-baked zany surreal sixties portrait, on a Britain of the near future struggling after nuclear attack. While visually stunning and packed with an outrageously talented cast, it’s questionable whether this production should have run as one feature film – is there a limit to how much free-wheeling nonsense and anarchy one can view in any sitting? That said, there are some wonderful images and ideas and not too many total misfires. A film of and about its time, with an annoying and bizarre musical bed. Some poignant moments too, and an air of despair throughout.

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