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  • SirSlim
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    Originally posted by pitch View Post
    The Pleasure Girls

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    Re-watched the Pleasure Girls over the weekend - most enjoyable but no Soho I'm afraid - my wife did say that most of the exteriors were filmed round the back streets of the old Biba store.

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  • babycart
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    Jeffrey Bernard?
    Even if it´s not what you´re after, his Spectator columns are vastly entertaining. My favourites are the one where he wakes up to find a paper clip in his pubic hair ("a three-pipe mystery") and one where icy weather stops the racing, forcing him and his betting mates to construct a racecourse for cats in one of their homes.

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  • SirSlim
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    B-movies of the period are always worth a watch for sequences like this one in "A Matter Of Choice"...




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  • eine
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    Oh sure, would love to see that Ian. Have got one of his other books on Soho - Sacred Monsters, and also a copy of his classic horror paperback Transplant:

    It began with an operation in a major London hospital. Dick Manley, cold and ruthless television personality, was near to dying when the chance off a heart transplant offered him new life.

    The unknown donor was Tom Claymore, a quiet ex-soldier battered almost to death in Highgate Cemetery. It was there his mutilated corpse was laid to rest.

    But a gang of amateur occultists start to practice their evil arts .... and the victim rises from his grave.

    Trapped in decomposing flesh, Claymore is doomed to the hopeless fate of the walking dead ... unless he can track down and destroy the man who now has his heart.

    It is then that the gruesome killings begin.
    Interesting fellow, as well as being a broadcaster, Soho drunk, friend of Bacon etc, was also Bram Stoker's (great?) grandson and published loads of books about horror.

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  • Ian Townsend
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    Originally posted by eine View Post
    The Daniel Farson documentary mentioned above, is 1960 and awesome. Not centred around Soho but has some London stuff in it, contains an interview with Duffy Powers and don't miss the Northampton youth club manager from 21:45 on. Living for Kicks baby!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvA1MSk3K2A
    That is indeed awesome. Every scene a gem. So many great faces and so many extraordinary statements from both interviewer and interviewees!

    I've not seen that before and I may have confused Farson having done a documentary on Soho with his book called Soho In The Fifties, which I bought when I was at college.

    It's a great book...highly recommended. I think I still have it somewhere Matt if you want it?

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  • eine
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    http://www.britishpathe.com/video/soho-at-night

    Lots more of Soho on Pathe site - but mostly 50s. This is a treat: http://www.britishpathe.com/video/clubs-galore

    The Daniel Farson documentary mentioned above, is 1960 and awesome. Not centred around Soho but has some London stuff in it, contains an interview with Duffy Powers and don't miss the Northampton youth club manager from 21:45 on. Living for Kicks baby!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvA1MSk3K2A

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  • Filthy Rich
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    Though come to think of it I've seen Permissive.

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  • alanmck
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    and if this wasn't made for the future-now VG+ audience, i don't know what was...

    http://www.britmovie.co.uk/2008/08/31/Permissive

    it's got prog, groupies and folk.

    and Comus. during a fight scene.
    Last edited by alanmck; 20-01-2014, 12:21 AM.

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  • alanmck
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    Pit of Darkness might foot the bill?

    certainly wouldn't head it.

    britmovie also shows this intriguing item:

    her private hell with a soundtrack by Johnny Scott.

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  • ginghamkitchen
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    Well, you could watch them after you've watched the five films or so that fit your draconian rules. Four, if you take away 'Performance', which has no connection to Soho.

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  • Filthy Rich
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    I will be stringent in ensuring that I don't watch them... in this context at least. I may watch them in another context though.
    I'm not sure what that means.

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  • ginghamkitchen
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    Then don't watch any of the films I have recommended that fall out of your time zone.

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  • Filthy Rich
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    Actually, now I come to think of it the thread was called Sixties Soho Culture Films so I kinda did.

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  • Filthy Rich
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    Oh yeah, so I didn't. I meant kinda late fifties early sixties but all suggestions welcome. I'm particularly interested in Bacon etc which I suppose was just slightly before all that swinging sixties/Carnaby St stuff but really all good. Thanks for hints chaps.

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  • Ian Townsend
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    Didn't Daniel Farson make a 50s soho film/ documentary or has it already been mentioned above? His Beat City about Liverpool before the Beatles sounds interesting...

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