THE BED SITTING ROOM
The Bed Sitting Room is a bizarre piece of film-making. The credits list the cast in order of their height, for instance. Exchanges are of the type of non-sequitirs that litter the Goon Show and Monty Python sketches Did you have a family?, No but my brother did. Ralph Richardson complains about turning into the titular bed sitting room and is told to keep out of drafts and consider conversion to a maisonette; Mona Washbourne mutates into a chest of drawers and complains vocably about violation when Michael Hordern is forced to sleep in her confines; Prime Minister Arthur Lowe mutates into a parrot, the survivors hungrily cook the bird Spike Milligan sits down to the meal grumbling Guess thisll mean a by-election. Most of the humour comes couched so drolly that it slipped by audiences of the day and, as such, the film was barely released in the US.
Richard Lester shoots the film entirely outdoors in an amazing industrial wasteland filled with mockups of a half-submerged St Pauls Cathedral, escalators leading to nowhere and cars flying on the end of hot-air balloons. If one can take the lack of plot or the films aimless lack of direction, there is an undeniably appealing bizarreness to its sense of humour.
Director Richard Lester returned to genre material on several occasions with Mouse on the Moon (1963) wherein the worlds smallest country launches an expedition to The Moon; the gonzo Beatles fantasy Help! (1965); the surreal WWII black comedy How I Won the War (1967); and Superman II (1980) and Superman III (1983).
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