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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. ...Written by
Quite splendid London based film containing a towering performance from Oliver Reed amidst his fellow 'beatniks'. Interesting time capsule affair coming as it does as The Beatles break and before the so called 'swinging London'. Dream of an opening with the cast lazily/drunkenly and seemingly aimlessly walking across Albert Bridge in the early morning. Like the film generally, a beautifully shot sequence that clearly references European cinema despite the subsequent American references and cast inclusions. Much troubled history with heavily cut version being released two years after completion and only now available uncut on DVD. Surprisingly frank portrayal of sex and rock 'n' roll without the drugs and even the rock 'n' roll being replaced by jazz. Evocative, illuminating, unnerving and enjoyable with much London location exteriors.
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