French Dressing

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Ken Russell's first feature film is a slight comedy about a stodgy British resort. Gormleigh-by-the-Sea is a holiday community besotted with dullness. But things liven up when Jim (James Booth), a young deck-chair attendant, convinces the local entertainment director and mayor into starting a film festival. The town convinces an ambitious French actress to be the star of the festival. What happens after that is a series of near disasters -- including the failure of a Nudist Beach and a riot at a film premiere. It is left to Jim's American journalist girlfriend (Alita Naughton) to save the situation and the reputation of the town. This first feature for film-director Ken Russell, French Dressing was neither indicative of his future controversial projects nor was it auspicious of his directorial ability. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi


Marisa Mell
as Francoise Fayol
Bryan Pringle
as The Mayor
Norman Pitt
as Westebourne Mayor
Henry McCarty
as Bridgemouth Mayor
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  • One of the most light-hearted efforts from the irreverent director, who was liberated with a widescreen palette after years of working for TV

    Aug 23, 2004

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