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Wonderwall1968

  • 2.9
In London during the swinging 60's, a reclusive professor becomes infatuated with beautiful model Penny Lane, the girlfriend of a Svengali-like photographer. The professor embarks on a noble quest to become her champion. To rescue Penny he enters the magical realm of the Wonderwall, and returns to his laboratory a transformed man. The kaleidoscope of images and George Harrison's musical soundtrack catapult the audience into a lost world of innocence, where love and laughter reign supreme.

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"...as much lava lamp as movie, a true head picture from its psychedelic décor. . .to [George] Harrison’s music, an often-remarkable mix of rock sounds and traditional Indian instruments." - Keith Phipps, The Dissolve


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1968. "The year the rot set in," as George Harrison put it, describing the Beatles' rising acrimony and legal/financial troubles with Apple, but it could just as well describe this self-indulgent piece of cinematic tripe. Forgettable movie, forgettable music. But "Wonderwall" at least has some value to future generations in helping them to realize how the magic of the Sixties putrefied in pointless, self-referential endeavors like this.

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"Wonderwall" is like a strange old music box hidden in a dusty corner of the antique shop in "Blow Up." It's an oddity, a colorful little curio from a long-ago time. Like other films of the era, such as "The Touchables" and "Girl on a Motorcylce," it tries to capture the essence of a moment, a Happening, but can't quite pull it off. It's a bit like watching a movie about a party, but you wonder if anyone involved in the production was actually at the party in the first place. Jack MacGowran seems a bit lost in the crowded confines of his own apartment, in a role that seemed to be written with Peter Sellers in mind, but it's MacGowran's Happening and it freaks him out. Jane Birkin also seems a bit lost here. She looks like she's ready to split for Paris and look for Serge Gainsbourg. In spite of all this this film does have a few things going for it, like striking visual moments and George Harrison's offbeat score. It gives you the opportunity to peer through the old professor's microscope and look back at London, 1968.

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A SIXTIES MOVIE WITH NO DDIRECION HAD TO FOLLOW OR KEEP INTEREST WHER IT SEMS IT IS ABOUT A MAN WATCHINGA WOMAN AND SCIENIC DPICTION WITH THE THEME OF THIS FILM NOTHING TO REALLY SUPPORT THE ENTERTAINMENT POSSIBILITIES!

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Jane Birkin is beautiful_the film is horrible stupid lame & ridiculous

The amount of drugs you would need to take to make this interesting would preclude operating the remote.