Not Rated | | Drama
An impassive young girl is taken from her suicidal London life, back to her home in North England, on a bizarre bus trip. Seen through the poetic eye of the camera, this is a commentary of doomed British morbidity.
This was originally intended as part of an anthology movie, in the manner of such multi-director continental movies as Boccaccio '70 (1962), which were very popular in the 1960s. Tony Richardson, Lindsay Anderson, and Peter Brook were each to direct a short movie for this compilation, which was announced as being titled "Red, White and Zero". Richardson's movie was called "Red and Blue", and starred Vanessa Redgrave and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.; Anderson's was "The White Bus"; Brook's (the shortest of the three) was called "The Ride of the Valkyries", and starred Zero Mostel. However, the movie was never released as the three-part entity originally intended. Richardson's contribution, which was a sort of mini-musical with songs by Bassiak, was press-shown in London, but got no cinema showings; Vanessa Redgrave did make a record of songs from the movie. Brook's was shown once, years later, on British television, and then disappeared. Anderson's movie actually got cinema showings in Britain and elsewhere, although not until late 1968, two years after it was made. It was released just before Anderson's biggest success in the cinema, If.... (1968).
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