Directed by Ken Russell • 1971 • United Kingdom
Starring Twiggy, Christopher Gable, Max Adrian
Following the international uproar over THE DEVILS, renegade auteur Ken Russell changed gears with this adaptation of Sandy Wilson’s London/Broadway stage hit, a dazzling, delirious homage to the musicals of the 1920s and ’30s. Mod icon Twiggy makes her starring debut as a demure assistant in a two-bit theatrical troupe forced to fill in for the leading lady, as dramas unfold onstage, backstage, and in the characters’ imaginations. With his usual visual panache, Russell stages the ecstatically over-the-top production numbers like Busby Berkeley fantasias for the postpsychedelic age.