Absolute Beginners


(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 (). 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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United Kingdom, 1986

Directed by

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 , , ,



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