Tuesday, December 2, 2008


U.K. film. In the future (1970) the British government is using Steven Shorter, a popular rock star (Paul Jones), to channel the impulses of rebellious teenagers. In one concert sequence, the crowd watches him sing a while locked in a cage surrounded by police officers armed with clubs. He becomes a pawn of the establishment but eventually goes beyond rebellion and the government reengineers his image to more tightly control teenage society. Cool swinging UK imagery is in abundance. Paul Jones had been the front man/singer with Manfred Mann before going solo (and making his acting debut). Supermodel Jean Shrimpton plays a sultry mod girl who keeps tabs on Stevens’s activities. Cool jangle-beat rock group dressed as monks. Privilege was censored by the BBC. Paul Jones, Jean Shrimpton (she never made another film), Mark London, William Job, Max Bacon, Jeremy Child, The George Bean Group. Privilege!  

1 comment:

pillowhead said...

gonna watch this tonight!