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French & Saunders:Ingenue Years [VHS]
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The Ingenue Years, one in a group of BBC videotapes collecting the duo's skits, opens with a parody of the famous aperture-view title sequence from the James Bond films, and continues to satirize both popular and high culture for the next 85 minutes. In a recurring skit, "Dawn" and "Jennifer" share a sparsely furnished flat and spend most of their time bickering and trading non sequiturs. (Saunders's persona here seems to be a study for AbFab's Edina.) Two more recurring characters, a couple of overweight, oversexed men, share a much darker and more cluttered flat, drinking beer and fancying themselves as studs. In fact, French and Saunders often use their full figures to play against type--for example, when they make fun of starving, self-obsessed, grammatically challenged ballerinas ("A dancer's feet is her tool"), as well as characters from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in the midst of a succession of Hollywood spoofs that take on the likes of Liza Minnelli and Cyd Charisse. Punctuating the skits are brief, deliberately clumsy attempts to depict dance crazes from flapper jazz to glam rock.
In the most frantic skit, the two comedians poke fun at contemporary art by imitating Gilbert and George in the persons of "Muriel and Maddy." As you watch French's head getting slammed with a leather boot while she's hollering between machine-fed spoonfuls of soup, you realize just how perfectly high and low art can be combined. --Robert Burns Neveldine
Top Customer Reviews
These are quite obviously two of the brightest people on the planet.
Just such funny concepts with such a poignant ring of truth.
Thank Heaven above for such hilarity !
So talented......so creative....sooooooo funny.
It's the perfect antidote for what ails you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the worst dvd I have ever purchased, I love Dawn French and most bbc movies but this is a jumbled mess of nonsense, wasted money.Published on July 12, 2014 by candy
I am a French and Saunders fan and this recording of various TV shows they did in Britain is very amusing. I received it quickly after ordering it through Anazon. Read morePublished on January 8, 2009 by Carolyn T. Anthony
I love Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, but I guess an entire tape of them together, well, I just couldn't take it. Read morePublished on January 7, 2009 by SW
I love French and Saunders, but out of all of their 4 DVDs for sale this one is the worst. The material isn't funny at all. I wouldn't recommend this one at all.Published on November 15, 2003
....I think the first two DVD compilations are a bit better. The first 15 minutes or so are amazingly unfunny. However, once you hit the "It's Great! Read morePublished on October 7, 2003 by BuyCurious
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