Smashing Time

  • 1967
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

Tushingham and Redgrave play two women from England's North Country who go to London's mod Carnaby Street in search of excitement and success. The girls stick together throughout their misadventures, which include washing dishes to pay for food and working as cocktail hostesses. Redgrave manages a to get her picture taken by famous photographer York (a...read more

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Tushingham and Redgrave play two women from England's North Country who go to London's mod Carnaby Street in search of excitement and success. The girls stick together throughout their misadventures, which include washing dishes to pay for food and working as cocktail hostesses. Redgrave

manages a to get her picture taken by famous photographer York (a la BLOW UP), as an example of the way not to dress. She later becomes a successful recording star, but her fame dies quickly. Tushingham, on the other hand, is promoted by York as "the face of the 1970s" (this still being 1967), and

her career takes off. Having gone their separate ways, Tushingham and Redgrave meet up again at a party given in Tushingham's honor, where they both decide that they've had enough of the hip lifestyle and head back home together. SMASHING TIME attempted to satirize the London scene of the late

1960s, using a system of direction and editing that owes much to Richard Lester. Unfortunately, the material is nothing more than slapstick, and worn-out slapstick at that. Songs include "Day Out," "While I'm Still Young," "Baby Don't Go," "It's Always Your Fault," "Smashing Time," "Trouble,"

"Waiting for My Friend" (John Addison, George Melly), and "New Clothes" (Addison, Melly, sung by Rita Tushingham).

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