Return To Waterloo

  • 1985
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Fantasy, Musical

A hybrid of music video and feature film, RETURN TO WATERLOO marks the strong directorial debut of singer-songwriter Ray Davies, leader of the legendary British rock 'n'roll band the Kinks for more than 20 years. As he has done so many times in his music, Davies again takes on the decline of empire and the passivity of the middle class as he follows an...read more

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A hybrid of music video and feature film, RETURN TO WATERLOO marks the strong directorial debut of singer-songwriter Ray Davies, leader of the legendary British rock 'n'roll band the Kinks for more than 20 years. As he has done so many times in his music, Davies again takes on the decline

of empire and the passivity of the middle class as he follows an unnamed, silent suburban commuter (Ken Colley) on his morning train journey to the title station. The Traveler may or may not be a wanted rapist; occasional flashes of him entering a room where a semiclad woman dries her hair and

turns in surprise seem to add to this possibility. It may only be that Colley is fantasizing, as he does through much of his train ride, with fellow passengers breaking into song. A pair of stuffy businessmen serenade a young accountant with "Ladder of Success," old men bemoan the fate of Britain,

and the punks that have inspired their tirade accuse the oldsters of selling them out. RETURN TO WATERLOO was shot for British TV's Channel 4 on a budget of $350,000 in just three weeks. Reportedly Davies wasn't pleased when it was sold for theatrical release, as the tops of some heads disappeared

when the 16mm film was blown up to 35mm.

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  • Released: 1985
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: A hybrid of music video and feature film, RETURN TO WATERLOO marks the strong directorial debut of singer-songwriter Ray Davies, leader of the legendary British rock 'n'roll band the Kinks for more than 20 years. As he has done so many times in his music,… (more)

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