Saturday, April 7, 2007

Smashing Time with Rita Tushingham

Just taking a quick opportunity to recommend one of my favorite 'High-Sixties' British film romps...

















Released in the UK in 1967, 'Smashing Time' stars Rita Tushingham and Lynn Redgrave as the two working-class Northern girls who come to Swinging London seeking fame, fortune, and maybe a nice bloke. 'Hilarity ensues' as they go from one comedic episode to another in their struggle, and a young Michael York (cast in 'the David Hemmings role') co-stars as the love interest who may drive a wedge between the two friends.

Click here for more movie info at imdb

It's a broad and silly movie, and great fun. It's a send-up of the various pop-culture 'scenes' of the '60's, written by British satirist, singer and surrealist George Melly. Check it out if you find the opportunity!

- - And just for kicks, here's a favorite from the soundtrack LP...

Listen to: Lynn Redgrave - While I'm Still Young (click for audio)

Whether performing highbrow or lowbrow, Lynn Redgrave is a great actress, but I've always been a complete sucker for the lovely and riveting Rita Tushingham. She's so wonderful to watch. She's still working, but I admit I'm partial to her earlier films made in the 1960's, maybe because that's where I signed on...

The Knack ...and How To Get It, A Taste Of Honey, The Leather Boys, The Trap...

...You need to see these films if you haven't already, and I need to see more of Ms. Tushingham's recent work.

SEGUE TO LINK - - Regardless of your current Tushingham status, we should all congregate at the splendid Rita Tushingham Home Page. (click to link)

Truly a labor of love, the fan site gives detailed background on 'Tush''s life and career, with some details and memorabilia provided by the actress herself. Great info, and nice gallery pages. Most of the photos in this post are from the site - - You can check out their page of photos from 'Smashing Time' here.

Last but CERTAINLY not least, in an earnest effort to make the films of Rita Tushingham available to a wider audience, the R.T. Home Page is generously offering excellent DVD copies of some of her hardest-to-find films at an exceedingly reasonable price (ie: no profit margin). Go to the website and seek out 'DVD Info' on the homepage.

3 comments:

swankola said...

Rita Tushingham was at a screening of The Leather Boys I attended at the Toronto Film Festival in about 1984(?). I don't have a story - I didn't meet her or talk to her or anything - but I was thrilled to be in the same movie theatre with her. To me she's the ultimate British "kitchen sink drama" heroine - not as glamorous or pretty as Julie Christie or Suzanna York, but much more real, like someone who'd actually hang out at your local pub.

The In Crowd said...

Agreed. Real, and what an expressive face.
'The Leather Boys' would be an interesting one to see with a film festival crowd...

Stevo said...

This is like one of my ALL time favorite films. I wished you would have uploaded the theme song, but well done great article.

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