Herb Shellenberger

Richard Lester's The Bed-Sitting Room (1969)
November 3, 2012
International House Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Part of Richard Lester at 80

Set in London on the anniversary of a nuclear war that lasted two minutes and twenty-eight seconds, The Bed-Sitting Room is Lester's most absurd film. Filled with surreal settings and yet another ensemble cast—Rita Tushingham, Dudley Moore, Spike Milligan and Peter Cook, billed in order of height—the film tells the story of the survivors of the war including a family continually riding a tube train, a man who spends all his time looking at old films without a projector and a single male nurse known as the "National Health Service."

The Bed-Sitting Room, Richard Lester, 1969, UK, 35mm, 90'