Join Roz Kaveney and friends at a fairly secret location, for a free and intimate DVD commentary – recorded live for airing on Resonance FM the following evening – of ‘The Magic Christian‘ a film depicting the other side of the swinging Sixties, not the love and peace version but the one where everyone wanted to get filthy rich and screw the other fellow, damnit.
We’re doing this for friends and for broadcast, but if you fancy coming along, be our guest! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the location.
With the rtise of streaming content – Netflix, Amazone Prime and the like – DVD commentaries are destined to become, if not obsolete, then increasingly rare. There are flms, some obscure some not so obscure, which won’t benefit from people talking over the top of them. That’s where ‘Music for Films: Box Set’ comes in. We plan to record a DVD commantary for every single one of them starting with sprawling genius that is ‘The Magic Christian’.
We need your help though, because what use is audio commentary without an audience? But don’t just sit there. Join us and comment along.
Partly scripted by Terry ‘Easy Rider’ Southern from his comic novel, with Pythons Graham Chapman and John Cleese also having a hand in the screenplay (Cleese makes a cameo as a snidely smooth auctioneer).
In the cleared site that became the National Theatre afterwards (hence, on our Scala map of London underground cinema, its at Southwarkl) Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr in lab coats and gas masks stand by a large barrel filled with piss, blood and animal shit, to which they have added thousands of bank notes. Announcing “Free money!”, they entice City workers from Waterloo Bridge to leap into the septic tank in order to recover the cash. The commuters sink below the surface of the effluent to ‘Something in the Air” by Thunderclap Newman. The Sixties was the era of the British satire boom, after all.