The Hours and Times (1991)

CHRISTOPHER MUNCH

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1991.  Antarctic Pictures.  Screenplay by Christopher Munch.  Produced by Christopher Munch.  Independent Spirit Awards 1992.  

Following the initial success of the Beatles’ first records and just before Beatlemania would take them to international superstardom in North America, John Lennon and manager Brian Epstein spent a few days on holiday in Spain and no one really knows what went down.  Christopher Munch’s beautifully compact film, a mere 65 minutes of running time but every bit of it wonderfully achieved, seeks to explore the possibilities of this missing time, with Ian Hart and doing superb jobs in the lead roles.  The two men discuss their work, their passions and enjoy duelling their ideas of sexuality and desire before finally giving in to the inevitable: it’s sunny Spain and you’re washing a cute boy’s back in the bath, what’s a red-blooded male to do?  As film caprices go, they hardly get classier or more assured than this.

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