Richard Lester's merry if (a tad) bleary THE BED SITTING ROOM certainly has in its absurdist ebullience a certain debt to Eugène Ionesco and Samuel Becket (I feel like at least one bowler hat had to have been liberated from a production of GODOT), but you needn't have overly fancy ideas in your head to appreciate it, I don't suppose, because ultimately this is a particular kind of pop cinema in service to the gag.
An absurdist classic that plays not only as a hilarious who's-who of Britain's great comedy stars of the 60s, but also a scathing and surreal satire of British society and post-apocalyptic paranoia. For all its zany antics, the film also achieves an unexpected sense of grim melancholy, due in large part to its surreal landscapes of destruction and decay. A cult masterpiece that deserves to be better known.
Une oeuvre controversée qui fut un retentissant échec commercial et dont l'humour absurde et délibérément "nonsense" ne semble guère convaincre, mélangeant certains gags lourdingues avec un sujet éminemment dramatique... www.cinefiches.com
Looks fantastic on blu-ray! A great addition to any cinemaphile's library and would make a great double-feature with Kubrick's Cold War comedy. Even though some of the English humor passed over my head, I still enjoyed Lester's compositions, the acting, and the colorful cinematography. Visit my blog for a full review.