Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The Magic Christian

Did anybody see The Magic Christian last night on BBC 2? And if so, can you tell me what the fuck THAT was all about?!

I tuned in about half way through then sat transfixed as Yul Brynner lip-synched "I'm Mad about the Boy" while dressed as a transvestite diva, Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr tried to persuade the Oxford Boat crew (which included Graham Chapman) to throw the Boat Race, two Mister Universes performed ballroom dancing in their thongs, and Christopher Lee appeared as Dracula to cause chaos on a ship captained by Wilfred Hyde White but which turned out not to be a ship at all but a set in the centre of London. After all that, Sellers and Starr conclude the movie by filling a huge pool on the South Bank with pig shit, blood and fat and throw in pound notes while advertising "Free Money" to see if City gents are prepared to wade into the crap to get it.

A film to watch while stoned, I think.

Oh yes, and the Magic Christian of the title is the ship, not Jesus. A metaphor, I suppose.

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