Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. United Kingdom, 1968. Alan Clore Films, Compton Films. Story by Gerard Brach, Screenplay by Guillermo Cabrera Infante. Cinematography by Harry Waxman. Produced by Andrew Braunsberg. Music by George Harrison. Production Design by Assheton Gorton. Costume Design by Jocelyn Rickards. Film Editing by Rusty Coppleman.
A genuine curiosity from the swinging sixties, made with very little comprehensive plotting to speak of, but plenty of the kind of visual panache that would have been a treat for the LSD generation. Nerdy scientist Jack MacGowran spends all day in a lab and all night reading until noises on the other side of a shared wall and the discovery of a convenient peephole reveal to him a wonderful sight: gorgeous Jane Birkin and the modeling gigs she poses for in her apartment. MacGowran becomes obsessed and begins spying on her and her friends, creating more holes in the wall from which to view her professional (posing) and personal (making love to her gorgeously vapid boyfriend) life. Interspersed with wordless, music-laden montages (with score by George Harrison) of dreadfully dry photo shoots are dream sequences in which MacGowran fancies himself the man of her dreams. The film’s only merit is as a time capsule, plus you’ll find out where most of the flashback sequences in Absolutely Fabulous got their inspiration.