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Richard Lesterís Mad 1969 Post Apocalyptic Comedy Caper Starring Rita Tushingham, Ralph Richardson, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore & Spike Milligan! 90 Madcap Minutes Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! #TheBedSittingRoom #TheBedSittingRoomFilm #RichardLester #RitaTushingham #RalphRichardson #PeterCook #DudleyMoore #SpikeMilligan #Movies #Film #MotionPictures #Cinema #UKCinema #CinemaOfTheUK #AbsurdistFiction #PostApocalypticFiction #Satire #BlackComedy #DVD #MP4 #VideoDownload
The celebrated director of such films as The Beatles "A Hard Day's Night" makes a foray into surrealist psychodramatic comedy with this 1969 production where "they" did indeed drop "the big one", people turn into furniture, and boy not only meets girl but lives next to her in the London subway system! Goon Show alumni Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe also appear alongside some of the stellar UK comedy greats of the day.
John Antrobus (Screenplay), Charles Wood (Adaptation), Spike Milligan & John Antrobus (Play)
Rita Tushingham ... Penelope
Ralph Richardson ... Lord Fortnum of Alamein
Peter Cook ... Inspector
Dudley Moore ... Sergeant
Spike Milligan ... Mate
Michael Hordern ... Bules Martin
Roy Kinnear ... Plastic mac man
Richard Warwick ... Allan
Arthur Lowe ... Father
Mona Washbourne ... Mother
Ronald Fraser ... The Army
Dandy Nichols ... Mrs Ethel Shroake
Frank Thornton ... The BBC
Harry Secombe ... Shelter Man
Jimmy Edwards ... Nigel
The Bed Sitting Room is a 1969 British comedy film directed by Richard Lester, starring an ensemble cast of British comic actors, and based on the play of the same name. It was entered into the 19th Berlin International Film Festival. The film is an absurdist, post-apocalyptic, satirical black comedy. Richard Lester had intended his next film to be Up Against It, an unproduced script by Joe Orton written in 1967 for The Beatles at the height of their fame, but Orton was murdered shortly before production. Lester offered this to United Artists as a replacement. It was filmed between May and July 1968, mainly in and around Chobham Common. When the executives at United Artists saw the film, they hated it, and it was shelved for a year, only getting its first release at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1969. It wasn't released in the UK until March 1970. The Bed Sitting Room would be the last film released by United Artists' foreign film arm Lopert Pictures Corporation, which folded in 1970. The absurdity of the film extends even to the settings. One scene is shot beside a pile upon which a British pottery firm had been throwing rejected plates since World War II (the joke being that an actor is looking for a dish that isn't broken). Another set of the film is a mock triumphal arch made of appliance doors, beneath which a Mrs. Ethel Shroake ("of 393A High Street, Leytonstone"), the closest in line for the throne, is mounted on a horse. Even the opening credits have a touch of the absurd, listing the cast not by appearance or alphabetically, but by height. The film was entered into the 19th Berlin International Film Festival in July 1969, and Richard Lester received the C.I.D.A.L.C. Gandhi Award for it. On March 26, 1970, the film premiered in London at the CineCenta Cinema on Panton Street (today Odeon Panton Street), which was Europe's first multi-screen cinema.