Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
United Kingdom, 1966. Warner Bros.. Based on the book of the musical play by Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley, with additional material by David Donabie, Al Ham, Marilyn Bergman, Alan Bergman. Cinematography by Oswald Morris. Produced by William Sargent Jr. Music by Al Ham. Production Design by Sean Kenny. Costume Design by Kiki Byrne, Gina Fratini. Film Editing by Jim Sibley.
This disappointing adaptation of the hit musical play keeps the show within the view of one sound stage and throws a couple of cameras at the action. This was probably meant as an experiment in minimalist filmmaking, but the direction lacks enough imagination to really pull it off successfully. Tony Tanner plays the Everyman who searches the entire planet for the Everyman’s dream life: a beautiful wife, a good job and a regular family. Millicent Martin plays the muse who embodies the dream wife in four different world cultures. The songs by Alan and Marilyn Bergman are sometimes lovely, sometimes grating, but never given their justice by the performers or the settings.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Scoring of Music-Adaptation or Treatment