Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
The exploding of an abandoned World War II bomb creates more trouble than anticipated in the post-war London neighbourhood of Pimlico. The explosion reveals a buried hoard of treasure that is traced back to the last Burgundian ruler, along with an ancient decree that the land that Pimlico rests upon belongs not to England but to the nation of Burgundy. Residents of the area waste no time in flouting liquor and food laws and ignoring general prohibitions as they are no longer British citizens but enjoy the freedom of their new independent “country”. Of course, there is a downside when the fledgling nation has to supply its residents with food and develop some manner of trade with the world at large, not to mention the headaches being given to the British government who are watching their own citizens flock to Pimlico to buy its unrationed wares. This witty, thoroughly delightful comedy is one of the sparkling jewels of the Ealing days, boasting warm performances from all cast members, and directed with incredible flair.
Screenplay by T.E.B. Clarke.
Cinematography by Lionel Banes.
Produced by Michael Balcon.
Music by Georges Auric.
Production Design by Roy Oxley.
Costume Design by Anthony Mendleson.
Film Editing by Michael Truman.