Bed Sitting Room, The (1969) [Blu-ray]
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Legendary director Richard Lester (How I Won the War, Juggernaut) joins former members of The Goon Show to create a series of comic sketches about a post-nuclear apocalyptic London: a girl is 17 months pregnant, a father turns into a parrot, a man becomes a chest of drawers and another man - a bed sitting room. The unbelievable cast includes Dudley Moore (Arthur), Peter Cook (Bedazzled), Ralph Richardson (The Fallen Idol), Rita Tushingham (The Knack… and How to Get It), Spike Milligan (Life of Brian), Michael Hordern (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) and Roy Kinnear (Help!). This Hilarious masterpiece was nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear (Best Film) at the 1969 Berlin Film Festival and was beautifully shot by award Winner David Watkin (Out of Africa, Chariots of Fire).
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Personally I think it's a work of genius, the best movie that Richard Lester ever made, and one of the most daring, as it portrays the end of humanity as a surreal farce.
Richard Lester is associated with a number of interesting projects (the Beatles of course, and the brilliant Petulia, also still not out on DVD) but nothing this intensely insane and totally wild, probably because its hard to think of any movie ever this idiocynchratically perfect.
A couple of years after a nuclear attack, a couple dozen Londoners continue to carry on with the british way of life, amidst the ruins and mutations. Written by Spike Milligan, it is entirely an ensemble piece featuring the likes of Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Marty Feldman, Ralph Richardson and Lester fave, Rita Tushingham.
Very much of its time, bold and dark. Not a bad companion piece to Strangelove. Difficult to find, and well worth the effort.