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Tonite Let's All Make Love in London Review, Variety, 1967

Academic journal article Framework

Tonite Let's All Make Love in London Review, Variety, 1967

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(British-Documentary-Color)

A smashing time is had by all in swinging London. Brash, colourful entry has good commercial chances.

Reviewed at press screening of N.Y. Film Festival, Sept. 26, 1967.

Subtitle for this fi lm is "Pop Concerto for Film," and that's as good a description as any of its form and content, since it's not a documentary in any ordinary sense but rather an impressionistic view of "the land of mod" as seen by a sympathetic participant.

Overture and postlude for the concerto is montage, jazzily shot, edited and scored, and in- between are seven "movements" covering such aspects of swinging Britain as pop music and painting, po liti cal protest and love for the local equivalent.

It all begins tongue- in- cheek with "the way it used to be" as represented by the changing of the guard (there's a brilliant bit of camp cinema involving a trombone player and a zoom lens), and the giggles continue with some views of London young ladies including not- so- young novelist Edna O'Brien ("most thinking people are de cadent," "marriage is such a handicap").

Then things get a bit more serious: Vanessa Redgrave sings off- key for Castro, the Rolling Stones get philosophical, Julie Christie confesses her need for "close relations" and Michael Caine thinks the new society might be trading "our morals for a mass of cultural pottage. …

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