This is said to be the pre-release version of the film which still has some editing for censor approval, so the director's name (Guy Hamilton) and of the producer have been omitted because it was not Hamilton's approved cut. Oliver Reed carves out his trademark character of ruffian and cad very well but Clifford David, a frequent guest character on TV shows, seems an inadequate lead player as Carson. While the performances are good all around the key scene is a bit absurd. A girl falls from the top of a staircase at a wild beatnik party, but there is no sound when she hits the floor. The revelers don't even see her fall and a few seconds later are trying to steal her clothes because they thought she had passed out. This suggests the fall was added later because even the script (aka The Left Bank) was reviewed by the British Board of Film Censors. It's possible in a previous version she had stripped and passed out but died later. The suggestion of "necrophilia" by some reviews isn't correct, since the party goers all thought she was still alive and Carson finds out she was killed after being hit by a car later on. Hamilton's choice not to have his name included suggests he also didn't like holes edited into the plot's logic or being associated with cheap exploitation genre. His main complaint was that the censors wanted to change parts of the film in ways that had nothing to do with indecency or profanity.
The Party's Over
The Party's Over
Melina is the spoiled daughter of an American industrialist. Despite being engaged to Carson who works for her father, Melina chooses to spend her days in London where she's constantly partying with her British beatnik friends. The leader of the British beatnik group she's hanging with is Moise. He has a girlfriend and also sleeps with other girls in the group but he mostly wants Melina in his bed. Maybe that's because Melina plays hard-to-get. Melina's industrialist father, Ben, is worried about her activities and sends his trusted manager and future son-in-law, Carson, to track Melina down and bring her back to the USA. When Carson arrives in London, Melina gets wind of it and avoids him, constantly running and hiding, changing her address, frustrating Carson's efforts to find her. However, Carson starts making some progress when he moves in the same apartment building as Melina and her friends. Carson also begins to hang out at the same beatnik parties as Melina and her friends. But when Carson gets really close to finding Melina, at one of her usual beatnik parties, she disappears again. Frustrated with the delay, Melina's father himself arrives in London to help Carson find Melina. —nufs68
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September 23, 2021 at 07:58 AM