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The Ruling Class
Special Edition, The Criterion Collection
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Peter O'Toole gives a tour-de-force performance as Jack, a man "cured" of believing he's God-only to become Jack the Ripper incarnate. Based on Peter Barnes' irreverent play, this darkly comic indictment of Britain's class system peers behind the closed doors of English aristocracy. Insanity, sadistic sarcasm, and black comedy-with just a touch of the Hollywood musical-are all featured in this beloved cult classic directed by Peter Medak.
- New digital transfer of the full-length version supervised by the director
- Peter Medak's home movies, shot on the set of The Ruling Class
- A collection of rare pubicity and production stills
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This movie won't be to everyone's taste because after the cure (?), the film moves from being a zany comedy to being pretty black - "a comedy with tragic relief" as Peter O'Toole puts it.
Have seen it several times and the clips are quite quotable since it was originally a stage play.
Not really that well known in comparison to Lawrence of Arabia but should be.
The battle of the Vengeful God and the Loving God is one for the ages.
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