Absolute Beginners (1986)

JULIEN TEMPLE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

United Kingdom, 1986.  , , .  Screenplay by , , , developed by , additional dialogue by , based on the novel by . Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by , , , .  

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 (). 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  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 ,  (!), ,  and the lovely .

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