Exposé of late 1950s Soho, featuring a host of stars and John Barry’s first score.
Dir Edmond T Gréville
With David Farrar, Noelle Adam, Gillian Hill, Christopher Lees
A personal favourite of mine, this exposé of late 1950s Soho and the nocturnal world of beatnik coffee shops and illicit strip joints is filled with famous faces: Christopher Lee, Adam Faith, Oliver Reed, Shirley Ann Field, as well as a would-be Bardot in Gillian Hills (a 60s Zelig-like figure of many a cult movie). Most gloriously, John Barry’s first score is genuinely brilliant and much-sampled to this day.
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