French Dressing (1964)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 86 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Ken Russell's first feature film is a slight comedy about a stodgy British resort. Gormleigh-by-the-Sea is a holiday community besotted with dullness. But things liven up when Jim (James Booth), a young deck-chair attendant, convinces the local entertainment director and mayor into starting a film festival. The town convinces an ambitious French actress to be the star of the festival. What happens after that is a series of near disasters -- including the failure of a Nudist Beach and a riot at a film premiere. It is left to Jim's American journalist girlfriend (Alita Naughton) to save the situation and the reputation of the town. This first feature for film-director Ken Russell, French Dressing was neither indicative of his future controversial projects nor was it auspicious of his directorial ability.

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media-circus, actor, America, attraction, behind-the-scenes, Britain, business, chaos, coast, English [nationality], festival, film, France, holiday, host, official, patron, publicity, resort, seaside, sex-symbol, tourist, town, townspeople, village