|NEGATIVES (director: Peter Medak; screenwriters: Roger Lowry/Peter Everett/from the novel by Peter Everett; cinematographer: Ken Hodges; editor: Barrie Vince ; music: Basil Kirchin; cast: Peter McEnery (Theo), Glenda Jackson (Vivien), Diane Cliento (Reingard), Stephen Lewis (The Dealer), Maurice Denham (Father), Norman Rossington (Auctioneer), Billy Russell (Old Man); Runtime: 98; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Judd Bernard; Continental Distributing Inc; 1968-UK)|
|"An uneven black comedy."
by Dennis Schwartz
uneven black comedy directed by Peter Medak ("The
Changeling"/"The Krays"/"The Ruling Class"). This was
his directorial debut. The story is based on the novel
by Peter Everett, who co-writes the script
with Roger Lowry.
(Peter McEnery) lives with his moody girlfriend Vivien
(Glenda Jackson) above his tacky
antique shop in London that he inherited from his
dad (Maurice Denham).
The couple are into role playing and on Sunday
afternoons they dress up as Dr. Crippen (the
Edwardian Bluebeard) and Ethel La Neve (the
mistress). The couple rent a room to a bisexual
German part-time photographer named Reingard
(Diane Cilento). When she tells Theo he
resembles the German World War I
air ace, Baron von
Richtofen, he takes it to heart and buys
a vintage Tiger Moth and keeps the plane on the
The pap pic has these three oddballs indulge in their sexual fantasies over historical characters. It's a fun watch because it's carried off with such glee, just don't expect any help from the story getting to any significant psychological meanings and be prepared to see how much you like the film when it turns ugly.
REVIEWED ON 5/4/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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