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on 9 September 2015
The Pleasure Girls

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!
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on 16 February 2017
Nothing special.
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on 23 November 2014
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on 2 September 2010
Very often these lesser known period pieces from the 50s and 60s seem intriguing, then you watch them and they're dull and stilted and if you can manage to watch until the end you feel drained and bored.

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.
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on 20 March 2014
A fairly unknown British film with a host of British actors all at the beginning of their careers and all still going strong now. Would have been nice to have interviews with them now talking about the film. Real praise for Anneke Wills and Franscesca Annis. A real highlight for me was the short film The Meeting as one of the extras. It was shot on location in Malvern just up the road from me, so I was spotting so many familiar places.
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on 11 October 2013
I can remember seeing this film, The Pleasure Girls at the cinema in the 1960's. I can remember being very envious of Ian McShane going out with Francesca Annis.
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.
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on 17 January 2013
It is great to get these small independent films out in the public domain. I made the Rocking Horse while still a college student with no money - it was nearly 50 years ago and i was twenty when I made it. It got an X - certificate and some notoriety!
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on 18 September 2010
The Pleasure girls was watchable (definitely of its time), a wonderful snapshot of London (King's Rd etc) 1964. Wonderful to see Klaus Kinski, Anneke Wills, Francesca Annis, Ian McShane etc

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
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