18 June 2004 | Galina_movie_fan
Everyone is going through changes - No one knows what's going on. -And everybody changes places-But the world still carries on. (Alan Price)
Lindsay Anderson + Malcolm McDowell + Alan Price = O, Lucky Me!
What films do we include in our top lists? The ones that affected us in some very personal way or changed something not, maybe our lives but the way we watch movies.
"O Lucky Man!" (1973), directed by Lindsay Anderson (with Ralph Richardson, Malcolm McDowell and Helen Mirren) is a constant source of joy when I watch it again and again. Off I go with Mick Travis (McDowell) in his crazy surreal journey up and down, back and forth, "around the world in circles" along with the Alan Price's band that provide the music commentaries in the traditions of a Greek Chorus or Brecht's Theater (whichever you prefer). And in the end we find themselves in
. Well, can't tell you. You have to find out for yourself.
I saw it again yesterday, and it still stands as one of my favorite films. This time, though, I noticed that it was much darker than I remember. The good things and the bad things happen to our hero, Mick Travis, and I think that he really changed - he started to think more and smile less. The look on his face in the end of the move after asked to smile was not that charming, winning smile that he had in the beginning. It was pain, confusion, and anger.
Wonderful film - I am never tired of it. Even though, I know all the turns on the Mick's way to the top and back, it is still so interesting to watch him. I believe it was best McDowell's performance. I know that his most famous one was in Kubrick's Clockwork Orange but my favorite is the everyman Mick Travis who just wanted to succeed.
Young Helen Mirren was lovely as Patricia who traveled in her own crazy circles; the rest of the cast did great job, each of them playing more than one character.
Alan Price - I love his songs to the film very much. Possibly the best use of a rock soundtrack in a film. I am a proud CD owner and I listen to it constantly in my car. It is short, unfortunately.(sigh)
"O Lucky Man!" is one of the best unfairly forgotten films ever.
I remember when I saw it for the first time in the theater, I did not know anything about it I just liked the title. The girl who was next in line to the box office said to me, "You will like it it is a very cool movie, I saw it already." Where ever she is today I want to thank her.