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Great snapshop of the not so swinging sixties,
This review is from: That Kind of Girl [BFI Flipside 008] [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
These BFI Flipside releases are mightily addictive. The films are usually pretty entertaining but it's the overall package that makes them so desirable. This is a perfect example - the main feature is 60s 'issue' movie, the issue being venereal disease. The swinging lifestyle of a blond Austrian nanny is brought to an abrupt halt by the unwelcome appearance of syphillus. Cue a parade of stern doctors and hatchet faced old nurses spelling out the dangers in 20 ft letters. I'm not a medical man but it all seems a bit hyperbolic (blind babies?, insanity?!). The movies appeal is in the glimpses of 60s Britain, the clubs, burlesque shows, CND marches ect. An entertaining effort, dated in a good way. Extras are, as ever, well themed to tie in with the main feature. There's a brilliantly shot doc on a huge peace protest in London on a soaking wet Sunday in 1961. A Harry Enfield like melodrama on the VD panic (the mother is hilariously oblivious to the problem, the naughty woman looks like Helena Bonhom Carter stepped in a time machine). A short film on another nuclear protest, more a dry info piece this one, rounds out the package. If you like history this is all fascinating - makes you realise that in the early 60s Nagasaki and Hiroshima was less than 20 years previous - today we'd be talking early 1990s - no wonder people were so freaked out and up for protesting. Two small complaints to BFI regarding these brilliant releases - any chance of some contemporary input - a small feature, interview or commentary? The booklets are great but I want to hear from the people involved. My other grumble - please bring back the blu ray only releases, these dual format editions are a waste of time and just not as aesthetically pleasing. Recommended in any case.
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Initial post: 8 Aug 2011 21:57:17 BDT
DATED is oonly the recent rubbish Films/Music of the 90s.
BFI please release ONLY IN DVD nobody likes or wants Blue Ray.
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