Hello, everyone, welcome back to Golden's office. It is a lovely day today, I'm James, actually. Yeah, it's pretty nice where we are, where you are, but we should, uh. I'm joined by my co-host, Duncan. Um, it's very important to note that he is subordinate to me. I am really the head honcho here. I do literally everything, especially the editing.
Um, on this podcast, we talk about films that came out 50 years ago this week. Exactly. So that would be the last week in January 1971 for anyone who's full of mass. This week, we are talking about the statue starring David Niven.
Charlie, you say he looks like a statue will contain something, something at you. And, you know, it's interesting you say that I'm subordinate, Jimmy, because I was as we discussed last week, I think after recording, I was looking back over the, uh, the episodes and episode one side of me saying hello, episode two, we said hello over each other. And then every single episode since then, you've been you've been increasing it.
Yeah, I just slowly take her very interesting.
Like, I do all my editing and, uh, the releasing and stuff that you seem to think that you're in charge, which is quite funny. It's it's just a joke. It's just a joke. Um, uh, right. Shall we talk about what was going on in 1971? Shall I start? Because I have it here.
Uh, I have well I have the day. I think it's nice if I do the day and then you do the lighter stuff. So if you go then twenty seventh of January 1971, uh, this is released in the US, then came out in the UK in April. And but we on this podcast, we go by random releases this year. So, uh, we'll go for that US premiere. So 20th of January 1871. Can you guess who was born, Jimmy.
Uh, no, I can't.
Who are a rapper. Oh, fifty year old rapper.
I don't know the perhaps you want to turn them down through.
I want to turn down for what? I don't know who did that.
It's Lil Jon, huh. Nice little job.
Well, John D did one of the did some of things I think. Great.
I'm really impressed that you think I would do that.
Uh, well, you are the same age as me in 2012 when lf if you were big I don't think that's unreasonable.
T didn't our family party rockers. Yeah exactly. Yes. I think there is some closure on uh our point anyway. Turned into for what I think is the main one.
I say that he I know I'm right. I need to look up now if he did. Oh shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, everybody.
You know that one. No, no. But, you know, there's a street in Aberdeen called Little John Street. And every time I go down, I think of John. Do you take shots every time? No, I don't. Well, that would be good. If you're on a pub crawl, if you get through it, managed to get down the street a few things. Anyway, little John was born and I realize I did this in the wrong order because the next thing is Holocaust Memorial Day, which is obviously not quite is not as much fun.
Make so many jokes today or any jokes, obviously. But obviously that that that is the 20th of January. And Q Can you guess which song was number five, jimminy US number five in the US?
Yeah, well the theme song to David Nevins, the statue, I wish it was as catch as it was Rose Garden song.
I don't sorry. It goes. I beg your pardon. Do they write you a Rose Garden.
You know I know it sounds awful, but that may just be. Oh no, I can't sing remember. And yeah. It's why you don't like. I like it I'm sure. And anyway, so that's my things. Eminem date as far as I know. Have you got a wider week like this week.
Everything that was interesting happened on Monday. Um, No. One, Charles Manson and his frequent followers were convicted of the Tate Love Bianca murders, saying know, sort of following up on last week when I think that happened or the trial started. Sorry. Uh, that's also fun.
Uh, there was a coup d'etat in Uganda under Idi Amin. Uh, he became a dictator, uh, the first Isaan. Our dollar was created. And what is that, Eisenhower, Eisenhower honor, I assume probably with would. I was kind of hoping, you know, and I wouldn't have to look it up, but I can post a dollar coin, OK? It's a dollar coin. That makes sense. Oh, OK. As a personal note, uh, and then also I would assume so if he's a selfish prick like that.
Also, Eisenhower wasn't president at this time, so that would make sense.
Oh, the first coin at that denomination issued, I guess. Yeah, I know. Right. So you go. And then the Ulster Unionist Council called for the resignation of James Chichester Clark, who was the Northern Irish prime minister at the time. So fun. Yep. Great. Uh, other than that, not a lot really happened this week. Uh, mostly pretty normal stuff. Uh, yeah, just sports. People were sort people and musicians were born, which happens all the time.
Isn't really that interesting. Uh, some more people died in Belfast. Why are you saying it's not interesting?
No, no, no, no, no. Just just you know. Oh, I'm sure he's mentioned on the site. I'm using all of check.
I should be famous birthdays to say it was twenty seven for his birthday. Yeah. The data is released. Yeah.
They only mention, uh, NHL defensemen and the soccer soccer player. He's the NFL defenseman, uh, Patrice Briese, NHL.
Also not given a big title, but, uh, the president of Guatemala was overthrown by the CIA and died. Uh, that's cool. Well, good ol CIA got the CIA. They do CIA. That's a good transition because they're in this film. I don't know if you're. Oh, yeah, they are. Yeah. I don't know if you're ready now. I'm ready to transition. Nothing else really happened. I think I planned this quite early.
I was about it.
This also is not really much of a transition because we're probably not going to mention CIA Street for a while. I didn't mean apart, but it does transition. As to the statue 1971 directed by Rod Atmel and starring David Nithin, John Cleese, Robert Vaughn and Vernon Lisi. Yes, right. Yeah, that was a little, uh, that was very nice. Like you prepared. It was very good. Yeah, that's right. That's why I was late, Jimmy, because I was writing all this.
I don't forgive you. Um, all right. So the statue and David Levine plays Alex Bolt. He has come up with a universal language. Uh, it's called Younus Speak. And it's like super easy to learn and everyone can use it to talk to each other. It's clearly inspired by Esperanto. Yeah.
Which worked. But when was this? Esperanto was made in 1887. So this was quite a while after that. Uh, but, you know. Right.
Esperanto is, from what I understand, uh, stupid. Yes. Yeah.
And it doesn't really work, but, uh, you know. I know.
And OK, so finally in the 1950s, the UN guaranteed support to astronaut as an international language. So, yeah, it's not super relevant, although I mean, it says that some people still speaking. So it's. Yeah, kind of things are not really I don't think it's going to become the international language, but maybe they'll prove me wrong. Um, I'm going to you know, there's not a lot of interesting stuff to talk about in this film.
So I'll just talk about this now. Uh, I'm not sure I would support having everyone speak the same language. I think the language is very inherently tied to culture is, I don't know, one percent sure skill to strive for, although maybe it's better than having everyone speak English all the time. Yeah, that's true. I think if you if you're saying that there has I mean the way it's presented I don't think is that you would force everyone to see this all the time.
It's more that it would be a good thing to learn, I think from that point of view. And it's well, they added they talk about how easy it is to and like like the 10 week course. Yeah. This fictional language. Whereas I assume Esperanto takes so long to learn any other language does.
Yeah, I think so. And I mean the point they make is it would make culture integration, et cetera. What we're a lot easier, which I think is probably a point there because I know a lot of, you know, rhetoric for focuses on language barriers and. Yeah. So there's potentially benefits to. I think I do think that, yeah, it's probably better than forcing everyone to learn English from a sort of colonialist point of view, I guess, but also I don't think it's very realistic because I mean, I think the thing with English is that enough people speak their first language, that it makes sense to learn as a second language, whereas I don't think you can really force everyone to learn a second language.
Well, I mean, I guess if everyone learning the same second language and I, I see the place for it. Oh, definitely. Definitely. Yeah, I know. And I see a place where I'm just not sure it's realistic. Yeah.
You know, well whatever. I mean that's the most interesting idea the film has and it's stolen from reality. So I hope you all got a kick out of that. Um, anyway, he's celebrated for this. He wins the Nobel Peace Prize, which they hand out just anybody, as we all know. Um, so he stopped saying and in this podcast, I was listening back to other episodes. I hate how often they say you this.
Give me your views, what with my. No.
With listening back to no, I don't listen back to the same episode again and again and again. Okay.
Do you do you listen to episodes, not full episodes.
I like I listen to like just like most or whatever viewers and. Exactly. And they sound like I've got them. I keep doing shit.
Silence is better. You try if you try and force yourself something and you can just do it more.
Well the thing is, if I try to stop myself from doing, I'm just gonna end up with a lot of dead errors because you're supposed to pause instead of making an interstitial noise, aren't you? That's true.
I think they say for job interviews, you should actually say and let me think about that. Yeah. Obviously not set for like two minutes thinking, but be like, can I just have a few seconds to think about that? I don't just sit in silence and say it and it looks a lot better and be like, oh, uh, excuse me. You know, so I think I think for a podcast and you can say and like, well, screw it for this time.
I'm not going from this time onwards. I'm not going to say this entire episode. I reserved the right to say, ah, or okay.
So Alex Bolt has been given the Nobel Peace Prize. He returns home in triumph. His wife has been commissioned by the US government who won the ambassador. The U.S. ambassador to England has been a very big patron of Alex's. When Jimmy said that wasn't the name, that was an error.
And I don't know what Jamie means.
England I but not that OK, but he sees it as a means of political expediency. It was it. Did you take a long pause there? It did make this gorgeous. I did take a very long pause.
OK, so Alex, why not give up his life? Alex's life has been commissioned by the US government to make a statue of Alex. But because Alex isn't around very often and hasn't been gratifying her sexually to the necessary extent, uh, she gives the statue big old dong, and that's where the hilarity that will fuel the next 86 minutes comes from. So bottle in buckaroos, because this is going to be a laugh riot. I would recommend this film to people who find penises really funny and particularly people who are embarrassed by penises.
Funny, I this saw a film for you. I read a review will get we won't get into the reviews there, but I read of you that said this is a perfect film for people that find like penis jokes funny. But unfortunately it's our rating means that there's no way the 12 year olds is the same for see it, which I think is a fairly, very fair description. Yeah. One of the weirder things. OK, well, basically no one is obsessed by whose penis this could be because it's not his.
Yeah. So he needs to find the man whose penis matches the one on the statue of his mythical Charlie, who he looks like a statue.
Yeah. OK, but since you say sing it, we'll talk about this. The the theme song now. Yes. How it's awful. How does it relate alongside your other favorite. OK, from this. Genuinely I would say my favorite theme song from this podcast was Crooked Man. Right. That was like a genuinely fun song. I like Sledge because it's cheesy and a little awkward.
Charlie feels a lot like a first draft of a song like it's a very. Really basic melody, it's like something you just sort of hum to yourself. You know, I mean, and the lyrics are both they don't really fit the film. They have a lot of awkward rhymes and lines that don't really mean anything.
So that's just yeah, it's not a good theme song, but the thing is that it's so repetitive and the film does use usually quite a lot. It does actually get called in your head.
It to Jimmy. I was about to disagree with you and say I like a theme song and purely because it's so catchy and so cheesy. That's true. Yeah, I think it's songs that repeat themselves again and again and again and again are quite catchy. Doesn't necessarily mean they're good. No, I know the three for the film. It's something. Oh, it was sung by the statuettes and I'm assuming that was a one time thing for the film.
Otherwise that would be a bit sad on our side just of it. I mean, I'll continue recounting the plot, as I said. So Alex goes around looking for excuses to look at men's penises, which gets them in all sorts of humorous situations where people think he's a pervert and they go, and that's because, oh, no, I'm so embarrassed and ill.
It's a lot of fun. There's he goes to he photographs himself with his pants down in a photo booth and they're all issues that man, I'm a flasher. And he goes, oh, no, I'm not a flasher. And then he goes to a showing of play where the actors are going to get his pants off and the other camera there and they're like, oh, is he want to get pictures of the ladies bits?
And he's like, no, I'm not. I'm just a nice feller. But eventually this gets attention from the CIA who don't want him discrediting the project through his rank exhibitionism. The American ambassador has presidential ambitions.
And he talks to the president an awful lot about purely on him, which is why the one thing I did like talking about that is I liked when he was he had the picture of the president behind him and he was talking about his presidential ambitions.
I that was quite nice framing in the film in a film that's pretty shit overall.
And not to spoil one thing, my reviews, I did quite like that.
That use of one joke that I think has aged quite well, although unintentionally, is that he deeply admires Richard Nixon and talked about how great he is. And obviously we are six months away from Watergate at this point. And so that'll be fun. Yeah. So that sort of creates a sense of irony, which would be too clever for this film otherwise. And even then, it's not that advanced or anything. But yet the CIA get involved so we get more scenes of the seat of him now with the CIA's backing and looking at people's genitals.
So a lot of fun then eventually.
Well, yeah, because the CIA are trying to see if he's a pervert. And then when the ambassador sees the statue, he realizes that the statue is going to reflect poorly on the on him, which is why then the CIA basically never goes or rather goes from having just himself being a pervert to the entire backing of the US CIA, military, et cetera, et cetera. Yes, exactly. Because the whole they can only raise resources into finding this guy's penis.
The only way they can stop the statue being unveiled is if they're able to file a lawsuit and they can't do that unless they know who the real model is yet. So he goes to Florence because he's got a big list of all the men whose wife had seen while he was away and the last ones there. And then he finds out that actually penis was from Michelangelo's David all along. Well, Mary, misunderstandings.
Did you work? That was going to be the ending.
I immediately assumed that it would probably not be a real person because, like, there needs to be something. It's not really a good.
And I was like Florence came up, was like I was probably that. Yeah. But the thing is, they talk a fair bit in the beginning of the film about how big the penis is, right. Yeah. One of the most famous features of Michelangelo's David is that the genitals are super small. Yes.
So it's a bit bizarre because how small, small, small then serious, you know.
Yeah. Um, you think.
Yeah, it's really small. I mean, yeah, that's a man that's been swimming in the sea and. Exactly. And, you know, just about to come up and whack a giant or two. Exactly.
So anyway, the understanding is resolved. He and his wife patched up their differences. She makes a statue of the US ambassador instead. And everyone has a good old laugh. Yeah, and that's the film. So probably the easiest part on I've ever done because very little happens. It's true. But so I'll just talk about some stuff I found interesting and I can see where we stand. So John Cleese is in this film, which is probably the most interesting thing about it.
Yeah. So what did you think of John Cleese in this film compared to the 80s? Compared to the 1990s? That was amazing. But anyway, yeah, still it is. I guess I forgot. Well, it's quite interesting because it feels I was going to say it feels like I'm confident. Performance from Cleese. Yeah. It's not quite as in the cadence is very different from as usual. Sounds quite a strange thing to say, and it's a role I think would be quite good for him.
But he doesn't partially interest parts of the script. It's probably partially the direction but doesn't quite lean into it as much. He plays a man who trained in psychiatry, but so you go into advertising and he hates the idea that he would ever be treated as a psychiatrist. He doesn't want to do any psychiatrist thing. He hates that Alex keeps using him for this. And I feel like in better circumstances, Cleese could actually do something quite good with that role.
The interesting thing is that that's a plot point that's revisited in the room. The room. Yeah, not the time. It was over the room, the room, the room and say Jonathan Ross now and mean when he told me, ask him for help, he.
Says, I don't want to be treated like a psychologist right now, but then when he does try and help them, he says, don't be a psychologist. And that's why I'm doing this film, because both tries, again to be a psychiatrist. He says no. And then when he is a psychiatrist says don't try and actively seek a psychiatrist only. So what cinematic parallels? I know. I just find it interesting.
But yeah, there's a couple of scenes that verge on being quite funny at realizes he started to psychiatrist. But again, he just doesn't he doesn't quite nail it. I think it's just it's a very it's quite a laid back performance for Cleese.
It's quite routine.
Some scenes I find funny, I think. Oh yeah. So the one I did find the photo booth sequence a bit funny. Mm hmm. And out of all the sort of ones where he's caught in awkward situations, I find out when the funniest by far fair. And and I also find the scene where they're, uh, they're walking through a Chrissie's like set and different rooms. And he goes Cleese goes through all the doors, but then Bill just walks round all the walls carrying his chair.
And I think they're quite funny because it seems like the psychiatrist chair that he was bringing in. Yeah, it was quite a good visual gag. And and then there's a funny by the end really stands the door and him and then just walks around. So, you know, as much as we're probably going to sit in this film, it does have funny moments.
Yeah. Like the thing it reminds me of the most and this is very, very natural, I think is carry on loving of the films we've done. Yeah. And they're both for the British comedies I think carry on loving, even though it wasn't a very good film either. I'd say just compared to carry on films in general, they tend to have a bit more of a sense of fun and momentum. And I watch this film really doesn't it doesn't the fact that the film, the plot never really develops, it sort of looks at being a farce a bit.
It doesn't quite commit the sort of entire US CIA sort of gets involved. You remember, it would be like a lot of comic escalation or whatever, but this doesn't really happen. Yeah, I think you're right. I think that's that's what's lacking. It doesn't go far enough.
You know, there's only really one enough anyway. Really, it's not funny enough. It's not obviously it's not terribly serious. It's not serious enough. It doesn't really try anything or do anything particularly.
It's just we never really get beyond the basic structure of never wants to see a man's penis, but he's too embarrassed to ask outright. So, you know, awkwardness. One of the weird things about this film and like a lot is that speech is quite a lot of nudity for something which revolves around sort of like Broadway level misunderstandings, if, you know. I mean, it does have nudity in it. It's given that the whole film revolves around never not being able to say the word penis.
It's a bit weird how unchaste it is, you know?
I mean, yeah, but certainly, you know, contributes to the issue that The New York Times identified with the target audience being a bit weird.
Yeah, I found the quote and Vincent Canby of The New York Times. The statue may have the distinction of being the first adolescent comedy about penis envy. Paradoxically, it is rated R, which will keep mostly 12 year olds who might be expected to find a good first mark. Yeah, which I think is very accurate. Something quite interesting I found in that New York Times article was that they talk about how it would offend members of the gay activist alliance and women's lib as though that would be a horrible thing to do, which obviously it would be.
But I'm just surprised that in 1970, particularly that The New York Times would be so openly supporting gay people as well as feminism, although obviously that was maybe a bit further along because this is still I think 1980 was when homosexuality was legalized in New York.
At least, I don't know, maybe, probably OK. I say I think I looked it up right. But I just thought that was an interesting stance for the paper to take, you know? Yeah. Well, I think it's always interesting to see how attitudes to these things were before. They were like universally accepted. I mean, yeah, yeah.
Like during the sort like developing as homosexuality was on its way to becoming socially acceptable, but not quite there yet. Uh, you know, obviously in society in general, it's just interesting to see, you know, what stances people were taking and. Yeah. So, yeah, I know. Well, thank you for that germaneness. Yes. I thought that was you know, if anyone wants to give me a Pulitzer Prize for that and I'll I'll look at it or a Nobel Peace Prize or Nobel Peace Prize, they hand those out to anybody, you know, including Alex Bell, who looks like a dismal.
He does look a bit like Walt Disney, so that's that's just David opinion. Yeah, yeah, true. I like David Nevin and I don't think he deserves to be in films like this.
I, I don't know if I've seen him. Oh, he was in the original. Yeah. He was a matter of life and death as a super famous one. Was in around the world in 80 days, so which I think I have seen along there, maybe know he was in a Pink Panther films as OK, yeah, this is The Phantom, the guy to the right. The weird thing is that he's not really in any of the Good Pink Panther films submitted, but, you know.
Yeah. So. So what else is there to talk about with this particular song? This is one of only four films Roger ever, ever walked out on. Yes. He did not enjoy this.
No, but it doesn't seem to have stayed very long, for he just sort of got to the reveal the dog joke and then there was no point to it and then left, which makes sense of the.
So both driver is from the Paraguayan jungle. Yeah. And apparently when you first arrived, you could hardly grunt, which feels to me like a little bit quite thing to say.
Yes, I'm going gonna go full racist. Yeah.
Pretty racist presentation. Uh, also, is that is that what the Paraguayan consul actually looks like, like a jungle temple in the middle of London, presumably? No, I didn't notice that.
But I completely believe like he because, you know, so they and he blames his driver. So, yeah, you're right. Both drivers is a peregrine power guy in Peregrine Park.
Let's go for that and then apologize if anyone catches us.
He's from his drivers in Paraguay. And when he arrived, he could hardly run. And he's been taught you speak, but now he's civili is one of the people the bull accuses of sleeping with his wife. The end to an altercation his wife hates the was supposed to get cold, is he? I don't remember the driver's name. I can remember it begins with a J anyway. And she hits her the head, a lamp and then he runs away.
He goes home. He goes to Paraguayan consulate. But the pogoing consulate is presented as this like a jungle temple building with big open windows and stuff in the middle of London, which I look at every day. And I don't see kids and it's not very sure that should be an embassy in London rather than a consulate.
No, it's not very progressive. Well, I suppose it's quite something quite interesting about it is those present when it interacts with youth culture in the various scenes of misunderstandings, I think it does present it as something that's sort of like scary and we are different. I mean, I don't think it was a film for the cool kids. It was a film for boomers of the time. Of the time, yes. Not boomers, because those were the cool kids.
That's really cool. But but that the boomers all the time.
Yeah, it's a silent generation, this generation. One of those. And yeah. Is definitely so the racist. The film is pretty sexist as well. Yes. And it's very of that.
Like I don't know if it's I don't know if it's horrendously sexist because they know it's like, you know, that humor where like every fucking stupid I'm not going to say an older joke is about how like your wife is like sleeping on sleeping with other men. You don't realize, you know, I mean, it's very that kind of humor, which I, I know I really like to myself. And I don't think it does reflect on women very well.
No, but yet Charlie's wife has a weird attitude throughout the film. I think the film sort of Duff's under the carpet does like she's an artist. So she's obviously she's passionate, but like the entire thing could have been resolved immediately if you just never explained that to him at all. So, yeah, I think the point is that she's so offended that he would even imply it. Yes, exactly. That's fine. But at the same time, she basically says that she has she drags, I guess.
Yeah, she's offended that he says it. So then she acts like, I don't know, it's kind of weird. It's I kind of give the reasoning that also is pretty weird at the same time. Yeah.
Well, Alex, also slightly strange character, Taryn, is that Alex realizes he's in the wrong halfway through the film, but then he gets erectile dysfunction. So he's back on the trail. Yeah. Which, you know, I realize you need something to like, break it up a bit with the constant misunderstandings and all that. But it's a weird interlude because it just sort of gets around in a circle. Yeah. One joke that stood out to me is not making sense, at least to me is at the end the CIA break into Alex and his wife's house to steal the penis at one point.
And they they're told to dump it and they leave on the side of the road and the package and then two smoking schoolkids find it. And then they apparently, without ever opening it, give it to their teacher as a birthday present. Yeah. As one does. And then she opens it and then she's like, wow, how thoughtful. And then that's. Sunny, did you? Just because of how bizarre it was, it's very straight, it's just there's a lot of logical connection between finding a mysterious package on the side of the road and going it to your teacher that from me scuppered it by.
I can see why someone else would make it much funnier. Yeah, I think it could have been done better, but I didn't think it was a bit funny. You know, there were moments in this film that were funny and just the whole the package as a whole then didn't do much for me, I think, for comedy.
And you really need a strong central joke. And this films is just so weak. Yeah. That it doesn't work. It's really the only thing to say. Yeah. And let's see what else I had written down here. Oh, there's a few um, nice match cuts in the film. Oh yeah. Yeah. There's uh I'm trying to think exactly what there's, there's a match cut where it's an ass to another ass and then no they're not particularly intelligent matched cuts, but they're quite nice visually.
And yeah, I can't bear any of the other ones. There is a few ones. Right. Well they've tried something there, so there's there's some fault behind parts of it and some artsy main parts of it for sure. But not not loads. Yeah. And let's see what else they've got written here and I can't even read. Do you want to say something? Yeah, yeah, I was just thinking I don't really have much else to say about the film, the press, me, really.
Oh, I know a bizarre because when when he gets on the boat with all the guys. Yeah, that's probably the most bizarre of his of his schemes where they'll play a fun, they'll play a fun game where they have to like try and remember the order. They put their spouses clothes on in the morning and he reveals it as like, you know, you don't really know your wife as well as you think, really. And it's like, yeah, I think of this, you know, thought experiment.
And then they're like, well, how are we going to verify if it's true? Yeah. And he says, well, we're just going to have to do it in practice in front of each other.
And then they'll say, OK, yeah.
So they were just really keen on the game clearly. Yeah. And the monk sequence is also bizarre. Yeah.
That's it's a real waste of location really because that bit could have been done anywhere if you know, I mean like if they just mean like he likes the painter likes to isolate himself on a cabin in the woods or something, then it would have worked just as well. Then they wouldn't have had the were the young monks want to see the boobs in a knee. Yes. Like I say, this film has boobs and it does one of Nevin's most of schemes.
There's one sex mad painter because we all know what painters are like that we artists like we know that they're out there, they're sleeping with our wives.
We can we can go into your house like your wife, specifically Dave Klein.
But, um, yeah, the stereotype is not particularly funny, but, you know, the monks delu.
And the other monks cover their eyes and take off the glasses, the titties are hanging from a helicopter.
We should stress the the a US military helicopter is, yes, carrying a couple of women with their breasts out to pick the painter up is bizarre. Very bizarre. Yeah. And yet very unimaginative. At the same time, there is one culprit where the they intercut the conversation. It was. Oh, oh yeah. They're seeing what he said basically. And yeah. And there's like three different people seeing what he said. I like when films do that.
They're old and I sort of think they're recounting the same anecdote. Yes.
Like the ambassador's friend says. And then he said that and then it cuts to a bow and he says, I wanted to do and then it cuts to someone else. I like that. That was fun and sort of fun bit in the film. Which brings me back to just bizarre that there's these like nice I guess every film is going to have some good bits generally. Yeah. Unless it's really, really awful. So I guess it does make sense, but it's just weird that they couldn't have done better.
Oh, I think your analysis is right. That is sort of the source. This is based on a play, by the way. Is it. Yeah. I wonder if that plays any good. I don't have to say no, probably not. I mean, I can see this working better as a play.
Yeah. I wasn't going. Oh well, you know, the scripts good shame is being wasted on this. Yeah. It's just yeah. It's almost the opposite. Yeah. Well I can't even find this play. Is it cheap. They simply called Chip Chip Chip by Alcorcon. See if we can find it anywhere. I've looked up to Chip, Chip and Chip. It's not. Well let's see if I can look up with his name. Uh, wow.
It's really not available to me. The guy the guy himself has a Wikipedia page right now showing born screenwriter, novelist and playwright who spent the majority his career in London, Hollywood, specializing in late thrillers, mysteries and sex comedies. I let you go. Oh, the fuck. What? Well, guess which film he wrote. This is insane. Is it like something ridiculously good or something? Yeah, like one of the best films ever made when it comes up on many lists of the best films ever made.
Definitely British presumably. No, no. OK, all right. All right. It's from 1958, first year British director, American film. Hitchcock thing. Yeah, Vertigo. Oh, shit.
Well, the writer of play that this is based on wrote Vertigo of Christ.
And so I we're seen vertigo. Well, still surprise, right? I can't find anything else. I can't find anything about this place. So I don't know how closely this is based on it. But I let you come alone with this. So there you go. You got the vertigo. This is based on I assume he didn't write this film and I can't even see he wrote it. Oh, I can. Oh, he did. Oh, and partially alongside someone else.
No excuses then. So sorry. There's a link that I was not expecting. I told him he believe it. I'm surprised. I know you. I know you just said you've not seen vertigo so.
No I am still nonetheless. I mean I guess people do shit you work sometimes or a bad day.
But this but this feels like if he were to play right and then also wrote, he must have thought this was good, you know, you wouldn't write the play and then say, OK, that play was rubbish. But I'm still going to do I guess if there was a lot of money, you might. Yeah, I don't know. That's that's interesting. I'm sure he liked it, but I guess so. I mean, people don't praise vertigo for a sense of humor.
No, but maybe it's just not. Yeah, yeah, yeah. But maybe he's just not a particularly funny man who thinks he is and that maybe oh Burtka was based on a novel as well.
So maybe he's converting, adapting other people's stuff. Maybe I don't know.
Or maybe maybe the statue is a pure adaptation of chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp.
If we ever saw it would change our lives, perhaps we would never feel the same again. Probably not familiar. You can smell it. Um, well, that I have anything else in my head I might know and. Oh no I don't think so.
No, I yeah, coach, I mean, once ratings, then I think it's going to be quite obvious, but we'll do it. Yeah, what you said I would write this up a high but pretty solid. Don't watch. Right.
I'm between. Don't watch much of it's on because I think it I don't think it's awful.
I think I think I'm going to say aggressively terrible. I can say watch if it's on because I think it has a few good moments. It's kind of entertaining enough if you're it's a low watch if you're on it. So watch if you're on, if it's on and you're you're ill, you're stuck in the top of your TV remotes at the other side of the room. This this film is free on frame. Yes. And so the films are tied to a lot of other films are too.
But in terms of the films we've watched, this is one of the few that has been not cost us anything and wouldn't cost you anything. So there is they already have prime if you're really struggling or if you want if you've got no money. But you want to enjoy the good experience of watching the film after listening to us, then this is your chance, I guess, but with great order to do things. And I'm still waiting and watch it.
It's on my watch. It's cool. Yeah, right.
Cool. Uh, so I got busy. Some very rough up here at next week's film will be Get Carter starring Michael Caine. So everyone's looking forward to that, starring Michael Caine.
We'll be doing the accent plenty. You don't get anything else you wanna bring up.
I don't think, uh, the only thing I want to bring up in my personal life is that I'm writing an essay today, and so I'm signing off, babe. Wow. Jimmy, this is terrible. You know, the past year, what you've been up to, they don't say I've been up to nothing more interesting. I was the spy who came in from the cold last night. It was fine. Oh, what did I watch? I watched I watched a film called Good Time.
Oh, that's the other first one, right? I don't know. Maybe it was really good, though. And it was from a couple of years ago. It's very good. Well said. I watch, I watch that. Twenty two July. Hmm. Uh, which is also a good film. It's about the Norwegian terrorist attack in 2011 called The Youth Camp. It was a good I have no I didn't play any games, so I'll let you make it back to his essay.
But I would recommend both those films. It's over and the statue, although this does have a nice future that we didn't get much.
But yeah, that's going to say how about, you know, the nice thing is going to be that you're going to sing that and then it's going to cut to our actual tune, which is why I'm speaking out to break up. OK, bye, everyone.