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169 Ratings

The Boy Friend

Directed by Ken Russell
United States, United Kingdom, 1971
Comedy, Musical


Based around Sandy Wilson’s musical stageplay of the same title, Russell’s extravagant production storms between delightful tackiness and exuberant fantasy in pastiche of 1920’s stage musical (after Wilson) and Busby Berkeley’s film musicals of the ’30’s.

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The Boy Friend Directed by Ken Russell

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1972 | Nominee: Best Music, Scoring Adaptation and Original Song Score

National Board of Review

1972 | 2 wins including: Best Director

BAFTA Awards

1973 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actor

Writers Guild of America

1972 | Nominee: Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium (Screen)

Critics reviews

Everyone will react to the excess differently, but there are images, mostly revolving around Twiggy’s Erté-like form and some lovely Beardsleyesque stage art, that are irresistible… Russell launched this antique rocket right after finishing The Devils, and as different as the subjects are, there’s a hysterical stylistic continuity that’s Russell’s alone – he was a demiurge intoxicated with the idea that more equals much more, and that subtlety was for the half-alive.
March 31, 2017

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