Looking In and Out

Bedazzled

This is from the film Bedazzled which is very sixties and would not be the same in any other time period. (Witness the incredibly embarrassing remake in 2000.) I am obsessively listening to all my Pete and Dud stuff so decided to rewatch the film this weekend. I just really love it. Stanley Moon (Dudley Moore) is a loser who sells his soul to Peter Cook (the Devil, aka George Spiggott) in exchange for wishes. However, George tricks Stanley with each wish so ultimately he never gets what he wants (the girl, Eleanor Bron). In this wish sequence, Stanley’s decided to be a pop star. At first, it seems successful:

But of course starry eyed girls are very fickle and her admiration for Stanley is quickly directed towards a newer star, Drimble Wedge and the Vegetations.

All the music in the film is by Dudley Moore (get the soundtrack). These two are just so perfect in reflecting the time period.

Check out Pete and Dud and Peter Cook as EL Wisty and Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling if you like clever comedy.

I’m still not sure whether or not to recommend Derek and Clive. I know they hold a lot of meaning for “men of a certain age” (anyone remember the feeling you had when the first time you put the needle on the record and heard their conversations?) but to listen to them today, particularly as a woman and particularly as a fan of Peter Cook, to be honest I find them kind of depressing. Derek and Clive are sometimes funny (and if you’re not familiar with them, let me warn you they are very offensive) but they, especially the later recordings, just remind me of Peter Cook’s sadness.

You fill me with inertia…great line.

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One response

  1. gladysmurphey

    cool! very 60’s!!!

    26/07/2009 at 15:28

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