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Trailers from Hell: Dan Ireland on Ken Russell's Drastically Cut and Uncut "The Boyfriend"

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood August 1, 2012 at 1:14PM

"Don't Knock the Music!" week continues at Trailers from Hell, today with director-producer Dan Ireland introducing Ken Russell's fantastic Twiggy-starrer "The Boyfriend."
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Twiggy in Ken Russell's "The Boyfriend"
Twiggy in Ken Russell's "The Boyfriend"

"Don't Knock the Music!" week continues at Trailers from Hell, today with director-producer Dan Ireland introducing Ken Russell's fantastic Twiggy-starrer "The Boyfriend."

Set on the French Riviera during the roaring 20's, Sandy Wilson's smash 1954 London musical production ran for 2,078 performances to great acclaim. Julie Andrews made her Broadway debut in the starring role the same year, but when Ken Russell mounted his 1971 film version he chose current pop culture icon Twiggy for the lead, and she gave an unexpectedly charming and delightful performance. However, notorious MGM honcho James Aubrey reduced the US running time from 136 to 109 minutes. In 1987 MGM/UA's Mike Schlesinger engineered a reissue of the uncut version, which is now available on DVD from Warner Archive.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.