Nigel Kneale’s last word on the subject, World War II, with his great protagonist.
It is very heavily based on Menzies’ Things to Come, and significantly anticipates Winner’s Death Wish 3, for reasons that are patently obvious.
It’s been said that the horror of World War I has been eclipsed by that of the continuation, Kneale and Haggard put everything into this film to convey that.
It is nevertheless set “in the last quarter of the twentieth century” for recondite reasons that are part and parcel of the whole stylistic approach.
The original television film in four parts is more than three hours long, it was released in theaters at just under half that length and was reviewed negligently.
The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu
U. of Indiana Medical School, Ph.D., D.V.M.
It was a great day when the powers that be harnessed the counterculture to cool the beef, as shysters say.
Such is the satire in this great classic British comedy, one of the funniest films ever made.
The English didn’t like it (Time Out Film Guide, Halliwell’s Film Guide), and neither did Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times).
Fu, Fred in his Eton days as a laundry boy, drinks diamond and mummy to regain his lost youth and conquers the world as an Elvis impersonator years before Elvis, “possibly around 1933”.
The very amusing structure blossoms into Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with a real son belonging to the adverse party, then collapses as a forlorn hope.
American takeover of British firm, adulterated food is the result.
A ruddy masterpiece superbly acted and well-nigh authoritatively directed, everything is left as it should be, awaiting the title characters’ cleansing.