Privilege

  • 1967
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Science Fiction

Satire set in the future in England has the government and church using the mass appeal of rock music to control the nation's youth. Paul Jones (one-time singer with the Manfred Mann group) plays the rock idol manipulated to change his violent, rebellious public image to one of a regular churchgoer. After feeling himself pulled apart, Jones revolts--with...read more

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Satire set in the future in England has the government and church using the mass appeal of rock music to control the nation's youth. Paul Jones (one-time singer with the Manfred Mann group) plays the rock idol manipulated to change his violent, rebellious public image to one of a regular churchgoer. After feeling himself pulled apart, Jones revolts--with the urging of artist/girlfriend Jean Shrimpton, one of the most famous models of the 1960s--against the authorities and his followers, putting them all down. Director Peter Watkins, whose grim mockumentary THE WAR GAME (1965) was first commissioned by the BBC then banned by it before going on to win an Oscar, blends ironic comedy and social commentary to disconcerting effect, and Jones delivers an introverted, masochistic performance very different from the stereotyped image of the studly rock idol. This film has been compared thematically with Stanley Kubrick's A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971) and the prospect of a church-state liaison using staged violence--Jones is caged, handcuffed, and beaten in performance--to divert the young from rebellion seemed frighteningly close to the truth at the time to some viewers. Similarly, the light show/revivalist meeting scenes have credibility in context. Songs include "Free Me" and "Bad, Bad Boy."

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