Privilege

Privilege

DVD - 2008
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Steven Shorter is a rock music phenomenon. His popularity, carefully engineered by his corporate handlers, has reached dizzying proportions. When artist Vanessa Ritchie is hired to paint his portrait, she discovers that he is unhappy and unstable.

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SteveCnyc Apr 30, 2014

Odd-ball British pop star story. He is manipulated, somewhat of a blank, and used by government and business interests to help control youth. Pop star is well played by Paul Jones. He does a fine job in the mostly deadpan role. Also good is model Jean Shrimpton who, based on the evidence here, could have been a good movie actor had she kept at it. Lots of other fine players involved.
It all felt a bit heavy handed and over the top in making its points but could have been much fresher feeling 45 years ago (1967). I probably would have really loved it had I seen it back then. Final scenes well done. The whole thing looked beautiful with excellent color photography and nice pictorial compositions. I didn't give it my full attention. I was a little distracted.
Edvard Munch, written and directed by Peter Watkins a few years later is much better.

jmmason Jul 02, 2012

This 1967 British film stars pop-star Paul Jones as an English pop-star. He's actually good in the role as is Jean Shrimpton as his lady friend. This movie satire about fame could never be made today as we simply don't have enough movie-goers smart enough to understand what it is saying. It's very au courant, all about Tom Cruise and Leo de and all these other self-satisfied deities. See this one if you think you have the stuff. Its quite funny.

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