Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Capital Celluloid - Day 340: Friday Dec 9

The Boy Friend (Russell, 1971): BFI Southbank, NFT 1, 8pm
This film, part of the MGM Musicals season, will also be screened on December 29.

There's only one place for film fans tonight - and that's at the BFI Southbank to honour the late, great Ken Russell. The director was due to appear to introduce his film but he can expect a fitting tribute from critic Mark Kermode and one of the film's stars, Twiggy.

The sold out notices went up early for this one but there's always the possibility of a ticket in the returns queue. The advice is to get there early.

Time Out review:

'Sandy Wilson's delightfully lightweight musical is given the unnecessary avoirdupois that seems unavoidable with Russell. Some things work beautifully: Tommy Tune's deliriously leggy Charleston, the bathing beauty inanities of 'Sur la Plage', almost everything Twiggy does as the wide-eyed ingenue. But there are also some bloated Busby Berkeley pastiches which clash horribly with Wilson's mock-'20s score. Consistency was never Russell's strong point.' Tom Milne

Here is the trailer.

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