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Friday, 15 July 2011
this 1970 film by Jerzy Skolimowski was thought lost, but has been found and restored. It is now showing in cinemas, and I saw it yesterday. Just after seeing it I was a little bit like "ugh, horrid 1970s sexual politics" but I actually woke up in the middle of the night transfixed by several of the images in the film, and with the soundtrack (Cat Stevens and Can) going through my head. That has not I think ever happened to me before. Every image links to another and is part of the story. This is how films should be made. A scene in which a man with his back to the camera paints a wall (bottom right-hand still on the poster) is terrifying. I need to see the film again. Go and see it. It stars the young Jane Asher, who says now that not only did she not use a body double but that she is still pleased with the way it was done, somebody called John Moulder-Brown, and among others the wonderful Diana Dors, who could DO female sexuality like no-one else. A masterpiece.
Oh and this film is in some ways so far ahead of its time that I kept thinking (I was sixteen in 1970) that they had got the period detail just right, only to remember that it was actually filmed then.