Absolute Beginners

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It opens with a wild dance along the streets – this is a film that emphasizes style over contents. That might have been a problem in a different movie but certainly not here. The focus of this cult musical lies on teenagers’ growing influence on music, fashion, etc. in 1950s London and there’s also an attempt to portray racism in that era. At the center of the story are a model and a photographer (Eddie O’Connell, Patsy Kensit) in love with each other. A well-produced endeavor with attractive music; the actors do well but that hardly matters – we just need them to go with the flow.

1986-Britain. 107 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Julien Temple. Novel: Colin MacInnes. Song: ”Absolute Beginners” (performed by David Bowie). Cast: Eddie O’Connell (Colin), Patsy Kensit (Suzette), David Bowie (Vendice Partners), James Fox, Ray Davies, Ege Ferret.

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