HOW I WON THE WAR
1967, Park Circus/MGM, 110 min, UK, Dir: Richard Lester

Maverick director Richard Lester (A HARD DAY’S NIGHT and HELP!) recruited John Lennon (in his only solo acting role) for this wildly surreal satire on war movies, featuring Michael Crawford (THE KNACK) as a blissfully unaware idiot charged with building a cricket pitch behind enemy lines during World War II. Although nominally set in the 1940s, HOW I WON THE WAR exudes the 1960s’ anti-establishment tone, featuring abrupt time shifts, jump-cutting and Lester’s patented blend of biting wit and surreal slapstick which presaged Monty Python. Incidentally, Lester always chafes when this film is simplistically described as “an anti-war movie.” As he explains: “It’s an ‘anti-WAR-MOVIE’ movie.” With Jack MacGowran.


WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
1971, Warner Bros., 100 min, USA, Dir: Mel Stuart

"Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation and 2% butterscotch ripple." Gene Wilder stars as mysterious pied piper Willy Wonka in this truly wondrous musical adaptation of writer Roald Dahl’s children’s classic, as five lucky holders of the Golden Tickets (Veruca Salt! Augustus Gloop!) and their parents venture inside the enchanted Wonka Chocolate Factory. Glorious, candy-colored direction by Stuart is matched by the iridescent score by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley (DR. DOLITTLE). With Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum and Roy Kinnear.


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