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Guilty Pleasures: “The Magic Christian”

The Magic Christian - movie poster

“The Magic Christian is: antiestablishmentarian, antibellum, antitrust, antiseptic, antibiotic, antisocial & antipasto.”

Badfinger, “Come and Get It” (with Paul McCartney) – from the album Magic Christian Music

Wikipedia: “The Magic Christian is a 1969 film directed by Joseph McGrath and starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr, with noteworthy appearances by John Cleese, Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Richard Attenborough and Roman Polanski. It was loosely adapted from the 1959 comic novel of the same name by U.S. author Terry Southern.”

Satirical ‘Magic Christian’:Terry Southern Novel Adapted to Screen Sellers and Ringo Star McGrath Directs:”The Magic Christian,” Terry Southern’s best book, is not so much a novel as collection of episodes in the life of the eccentric, incalculably wealthy Guy Grand, who constructs elaborate and immensely practical jokes designed to upset his fellow men and sometimes himself as well. His usual targets are greed and conventional values, but he also attacks good sportsmanship, good living and rudimentary business ethics. “The Magic Christian” is funny, uncomfortable and without an ounce of benevolence.

(via Movie Review – NYTimes.com.)

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If you haven’t seen it, a considerate person has posted the whole movie – in handy bite-sized chunks – on YouTube.

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.

 

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