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  • Actors: Genevieve Waite, Donald Sutherland, Calvin Lockhart, Christian Doermer, Mike Sarne
  • Directors: Michael Sarne
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: BFI Flipside
  • DVD Release Date: 25 April 2011
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LNSFL8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,081 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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BFI Flipside presents

JOANNA (DVD + Blu-ray)
A Film by Michael Sarne

THE FLIPSIDE: rescuing weird and wonderful British films from obscurity and presenting them in new high-quality editions.

When 17-year-old Joanna comes to Swinging London, she meets a host of colourful characters (such as Lord Sanderson - Donald Sutherland), discovers the pleasures of casual sex, and falls in love with Gordon (Calvin Lockhart). That's when things get complicated.

Special Features

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Road to Saint Tropez (1966, 31 mins): Sarne's debut film, an 'anti-travelogue' starring Udo Kier, Melissa Stribling, and Gabriella Licudi
  • Death May Be Your Santa Claus (Frankie Dymon Jnr, 1968, 37 mins): an experimental examination of an interracial relationship in late 1960s London
  • Interview with Michael Sarne (2010, 16 mins, DVD only)
  • Joanna, Michael Sarne's novel based on the film, presented as a downloadable PDF (DVD only)
  • Illustrated booklet with essays by Chris Campion and Kodwo Eshun

UK, US | 1968 | colour | English language, with optional English hard-of-hearing subtitles | 113 minutes | Original aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gustavus on 17 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
Having been a mediocre pop singer, a poor actor and a terrible film critic, Mike Sarne got into his head that he knew how to be a film director and somehow obtained the wherewithal to make this movie about Swinging London, with which he intended to turn his girlfriend, Genevieve Waite, into a star. Those of us who had disparaged his earlier efforts were left chopfallen in the extreme - we really hadn't known when we were well off, for Sarne was vastly more lousy at directing than he'd been in his previous show business jobs. What must it have been like for professional people to take their orders from someone so blatantly incompetent? The film is trivial, derivative, silly, nasty and dull, and in, its native Britain, it was ignored or derided. In America, where people perhaps didn't know how utterly false its portrait of London life was, it did a bit of business, and this led Twentieth Century Fox to make the utterly catastrophic decision to entrust Sarne with the director's role on "Myra Breckinridge". This proved to be a huge money-loser, an even bigger prestige-loser and one of the most disgraceful films ever made in Hollywood. Ms. Waite gave up acting (shrewdly), whilst Sarne's directing career simply collapsed, thank God. He just seemed to get worse and worse - "Myra" was, incredibly, a steep decline from "Joanna". At least "Joanna" has some fine photography from Walter Lassally (who may simply have ignored Sarne) and Donald Sutherland, Calvin Lockhart and the gorgeous Glenna Forster-Jones all maintain their professional standards, which can't have been easy. Incidentally, it's an unfathomable mystery that the British Film Institute should have regarded this drivel as worthy of restoration and DVD/Blu-Ray release whilst several key British movies of the 60s remain unavailable - where are the British editions of "Nothing But The Best", "Station Six - Sahara" and "Otley"?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FVFred1 on 24 Sept. 2013
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A poor movie that went nowhere, worse than I remember it from 1959 when I saw in as a first run. I only bought the DVD because Rod McKuen is my friend and I try to have samples of all his work and this movie was missing from my library. I do think Rod's soundtrack was good, but a poor vehicle to deliver his music. I'm still searching for a copy of Me, Natalie - again a good score, and, as I recall, a better film than Joanna.
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24 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Peter Shilpot Freeman on 1 May 2011
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Several recent reviews are claiming this is the 'Ultimate Swinging London' movie. They probably weren't there.
Swinging London was a lot cooler than this. London 1967 was the year of Flower Power, Sgt. Pepper, Procul Harum. fantastic soul music, Mini Coopers with blacked out windows. King's Road. No sign of any of them here. In many ways this film is rather square. It has one foot in 1967 and the other in 1937, which is really strange.

What really made London and the 60s swing was the music. Did I mention the music? The music used for this film is mostly really, really awful...a sort of a bad 60s version of 30s big band swing.

Moving on now from the disappointing soundtrack. The film seems like a sort of patchwork of ideas stuck together not very well. Though some of the ideas were very good indeed. The photography is very good. London looks beautiful. The parks do, anyway. There's a beautiful sequence of Joanna running through Hyde Park which looks all lush and green. There's lots of green in this film and by the end I was big fan of green. It's nice to see people wearing clothes of many colours. Life in London 2011 is pretty morose clothes wise. There's a scene of a funeral in this film that could have been shot last week, everyone in black.

Fashion wise this film is spot on, actually and if 60s fashion interests you, click the 'buy it' button immediately. Joanna's outfits are terrific and they defintely capture the moment...if only the music had been better. If only Michael Sarne hadn't been so obsessed with the 30s.

Most of the acting is atrocious. Genevieve Waite had only been in England a few weeks when she was cast, yet she's supposed to represent 60s London? Her art teacher talks, I think, with a German accent.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By P. B. Baker on 13 Jun. 2011
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Spotted a review of this in the Guardian some weeks back and as I had listened to Director Mike Sarne back in the 60's, I thought it might be fun. Telling the story of a 17 year old (I think) visiting London it is wacky and fun and funny with a young Donald Sutherland playing a rather louche member of the rich aristocracy brilliantly. Scenes of London in the 1960's will appeal to those of a certain age, the attitudes of the 60's are well captured and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not up there with Blow-up perhaps but well worth an evening.
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By Jeffrey Major on 6 Aug. 2014
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Some wonderful 60's eye candy here - beautiful cinematography - amazing music.
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