O Lucky Man! (1973)
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Revolution is the opium of the intellectuals.
Part of a loose trilogy of films directed by Lindsay Anderson, starting with If...., then this film, then Britannia Hospital. They're strange, playful films that bring to mind elements of the French New Wave. This one is 3-hour-long "journey of a man" epic in the vein of Little Big Man, Forrest Gump, or Being There, (Interesting to see how some of these movies feature characters with cognitive disabilities, painting them as a passive participant, a product of their times so that those times can be critiqued) but there's so much variety and unpredictability that it doesn't get dull. Lots of commentary on class and capitalism.
If you like this, try Zazie dans le Metro, a totally bonkers Louis Malle movie about an unsinkable girl loose on the streets of Paris.
an instant favourite. a film of such scale and ambition but which still manages to create memorable characters and an overarching message. fantastic surrealism. don't be put off by the 3 hour running time, it wouldn't be the film it is if it were shorter
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This movie ranks #55 in 366 Weird Movies
This movie ranks #389 in Amos Vogel's Film as a Subversive Art
This movie ranks #439 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #671 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #949 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films