(out of 5)
Bouncy musical that is a terrific showcase for musical talents of the eighties. The loose story takes place in the swinging London of the fifties, and revolves around a young photographer who is madly in love with an indifferent fashion model (Patsy Kensit). The climax occurs when racial tensions create a dangerous riot in our protagonist’s neighbourhood that ends up being good for his career. The creative musical numbers include David Bowie dancing across a giant typewriter and Kensit involved in a charmingly haphazard fashion show. The colours are splashy and bright, the soundtrack a terrific collection of infectious ditties that you won’t soon forget. Julien Temple directs with easily flowing energy, and the cast is rounded out beautifully by Anita Morris, Mandy Rice-Davies (!), James Fox, Steven Berkoff and the lovely Sade.
Directed by Julien Temple
Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton
Music by Gil Evans
Production Design by John Beard