The Bed Sitting Room (1969) - Comedy, Sci-Fi

Hohum Score

17

Watchable

Set in post-nuclear-holocaust England, where a handful of bizarre characters struggle on with their lives in the ruins, amongst endless heaps of ash, piles of broken crockery and brick, ...

IMDB: 6.2
Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Rita Tushingham, Ralph Richardson
Length: 90 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 4 out of 36 found boring (11.11%)

One-line Reviews (14)

This is a visually stunning, funny, brilliant, and extravagantly weird film that should best be compared to El Topo, Barbarella, Playtime, and the Cremaster series.

But I feel "the Bed Sitting Room" is much more enjoyable than the pretentious, self referential cremaster series.

it was a boring unfunny amateurish mess back then and it hasn't improved with age.

A legacy of a empty room if you will.

Through the miracle of the BBC, ie a newsreader whose job is to travel to the various locations and read the last available news bulletin via an empty television set we start to uncover the story.

Quirky and disjointed, cute and comforting in places, and increasingly demanding of the situation and it's ultimate conclusion.

To me, it all became very ponderous after a while.

The humor in the film is very dry.

If that was indeed the raison d'être for the film, it was completely lost on me and I have no idea what other viewers will make of this strange, dated yet oddly compelling pitch-black farce.

For all intense and purposes, the film may as well be dead too as it was blind luck that I caught it.

In fact, the first 10 minutes or so of "The Bed Sitting Room" was very enjoyable.

All the same, it is fascinating to observe it going about its business at a very particular juncture on the comic timeline.

Typically British and typically Milligan-ish, with a stunning visual sense.

I would still highly recommend it for anyone searching for dark humor, sort of Monty-Python style.