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The Pleasure Girls (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray)
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BFI Flipside presents
THE PLEASURE GIRLS (DVD + Blu-ray)
A film by Gerry O'Hara
THE FLIPSIDE : rescuing weird and wonderful British films from obscurity and presenting them in new high-quality editions.
When Sally (Francesca Annis) moves to London to pursue a modelling career, she moves in with Angela (Anneke Wills, Doctor Who) and Dee (Hammer girl Suzanna Leigh) and discovers the world of the carefree bachelor girl, over a weekend of parties and romantic encounters.
With lively performances from its young ensemble cast (including Ian McShane and Klaus Kinski), this delightful drama bears all the hallmarks of director Gerry O'Hara's assured style.
- Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
- Alternative export cut (Blu-ray only, 86 mins)
- Alternative export sequences (DVD only, 13 mins)
- Original theatrical trailer
- The Rocking Horse (James Scott, 1962, 25 mins): atmospheric short about a romantic encounter between a teddy boy and an artist
- The Meeting (Mamoun Hassan, 1964,10 mins): a young woman's unconventional encounter with a mysterious lover
- Fully illustrated booklet with contributions by Gerry O'Hara, Professor Sue Harper, and Mamoun Hassan
UK | 1965 | black and white | English language, with optional English hard-of-hearing subtitles | 85 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.66:1
Disc 1: BD25 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)
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Not the case here. Pleasure Girls is a real period gem. Great cast. Great locations. Beautifully shot. A rather classy production and a real time tripper. The film, shot in black and white, really captures London circa 1964.
Very simple story about a girl who comes to London to be a model and the various characters she comes across in her Kensington flat share.
The story is a bit silly and trite at times, but enjoyably so. As an eye over London at that time it's surprisingly illuminating in terms of fashion, cars, clothes, pretty girls and the early days the of the Swinging London era. I'm so pleased it's finally available on this top notch DVD.
This film was Directed and Screenplay by Gerry O'Hara, and shot in a rented house in Kensington. A very good cast, Suzanna Leigh, Rosemary Nichols and Klaus Kinski, doing a stellar performance as a Rachman type Landlord. Kinski's English was not particularly good at the time this film was made, and script changes were made.
This film did bring back such good memories, and it does illustrate the Directing talent of Gerry O'Hara. This film has been shown many times on numerous Networks over the last decades, and O'Hara never received and residual income from this film.
If you like films about the 60's, and this era is of interest to you. Certainly buy this DVD.
An excellent little film. The London as I sampled it back in the 60s when I had a flat with a FLAXman exchange number area. A microcosm of tales, and just when you think they have forgotten the "gay" element, there it is some way into the second half. Partying, gambling, booze and smoke, it's all there reminding us just how empty our western way of life can look to an "outsider". And with an ending that is no ending at all, just the way I have it in my own fiction writing: "there is no beginning, there is no end, there is only what is happening".
Good picture and sound. A must!
Not sure why the BFI added 'The meeting' to the blu-ray, surely there are many other rare film / documentaries of the time available, it had little to recommend it (for me anyway), the quality of the film was pretty awful as well.
The Rocking Horse was a totally different kettle of fish, even if the sound quality (was there any) was more muffled and befuddled, perhaps like the characters shown, but it was still a joy to watch. A wonderful snapshot of the character and shops of Soho / Piccadilly Circus etc circa 1962, and for me worth the purchase of the blu-ray alone: A French-new-wave-like UK film
My only criticism of the blu-ray box set was the really annoying sticker that covered the top of the box announcing the combo of the Blu-ray and the DVD, which took me about 20 minutes to scrap off the box .. couldn't it just have been a small removable sticker on the cover?
The BFI video blu-ray series has been a pleasure to collect, granting access to some fairly obscure as well as enjoyable films, just hope it continues to bring out many more London-based films of the 50s, 60s and 70s