Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Georgina: Why didn't you find a desert island somewhere?
Andrew: There aren't any. They're all radioactive.

Our boy Olly Reed was born on this day in the year 1938 and so here we are, wishing him a happy even though he's, you know, dust and all. I had never even heard of this movie until five minutes ago, much less seen it -- its director Michael Winner, who went on to make the Death Wish trilogy (not to mention the horror film The Sentinel) later in life, worked with Oliver six times, so I think it's safe to assume he liked to drink. Also in this film: Orson Welles! Here's a shot of them all together:

They must have had quite the set parties. Anyway have any of you seen this movie? I found these two bits of info from the film's Wiki somewhat interesting:

"In the United States, the film was denied a MPAA seal of approval due to a scene between Oliver Reed and Carol White which supposedly implied cunnilingus. Winner, in his audio commentary, said he considered the scene to show masturbation. The Catholic League inaccurately described it as "fellatio".[citation needed] Universal distributed the film through a subsidiary that was not a member of the MPAA. Along with a similar scene in Charlie Bubbles (1967), this helped to bring about the end of the Production Code in the USA and its replacement with a ratings system.

The film has been wrongly named as the first mainstream film to propose the use in the dialogue of fuck. In fact, the BBFC certified the film after demanding the removal, or at least obscuring, of the word fucking in June 1967, three months later than Ulysses, which suffered heavier cuts. The error seems to have arisen because of a longstanding lack of easily obtainable film release date information."

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