Big screen classics

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

+ pre-recorded intro by Julie Lobalzo Wright, University of Warwick

A sharp but gentle take on the California ‘swingers’ scene of the late 60s.

Image from Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice + pre-recorded intro by Julie Lobalzo Wright, University of Warwick

USA 1969
Dir Paul Mazursky
With Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould, Dyan Cannon
105min
Digital
Certificate 15

Paul Mazursky’s sharp but gentle satire on the free-love ethos that swept parts of California in the late 60s centres on two couples – one arty and ‘liberated’, the other more strait-laced – flirting (or not) with the appeal of ‘open relationships’. Funny, touching (the friendship between the four feels genuine), and very well acted, the film also boasts a score by Quincy Jones.

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