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Directed by: James Broughton

Produced: 1952

Countries & Regions: United Kingdom

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Certificate: U

Studio: British Film Institute

Length: 36 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 15 February 2010

Cat No: BFIVD831

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Languages(s): English
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Screen ratio 1:1.33

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The Pleasure Garden (Broughton, 1952)

Cast: John le Mesurier , Lindsay Anderson , Hattie Jacques , Maxine Audley , Jean Anderson , Jill Bennett , Diana Maddox , Kermit Sheets , Derek Hart , Hilary MacKendrick , Gladys Spencer , John Heawood , Victoria Grayson , Daphne Hunter , Mary Lee Settle , Gontron Gouldon

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Fifties bohemia translated onto the big screen in a plea for free expression by poet James Broughton, filmed in the ruins of Crystal Palace in South London. Hattie Jacques and Lindsay Anderson play a couple whose public displays of affection incur the wrath of the Minister of Public Behaviour (John Le Mesurier).

James Broughton’s ‘valentine to the land of Edward Lear, Shakespeare and pantomime’ is a thoroughly charming celebration of love and desire that fascinates as much because of its location – the ruins of the Crystal Palace gardens and terraces in 1952 – as its subject.

John le Mesurier plays the frock-coated Minister of Public Behaviour, Col. Pall K. Gargoyle, determined to stamp out the least sign of indecency or lewdness in the place he wants to turn into a cemetery. When not putting ‘Do Not’ signs around the place, he is attaching fig leaves to statuary. Fortunately, there is a fairy godmother – a Mrs. Albion, played by Hattie Jacques – who comes along in his wake and sets the characters in the park skipping, loving and dancing once more with the aid of her magic scarf.

A classic piece not-entirely-innocent 1950s Bohemia, The Pleasure Garden won the Prix de Fantaisie Poetique at Cannes in 1954, and is an irresistible time capsule for viewers now.

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