NEW Modesty Blaise (DVD)
The studio system collapsed under the cost of extravagant extravaganzas set in legendary locales. The next reaction to the attraction of television was low budget kites in styles hitherto confined to art houses, to see what would fly. And so the blown Sixties gave us the flowers of Fellini, Bergman, MEDIUM COOL, THE YELLOW SUBMARINE, DOCTOR NO and the most costly disaster ever to befall Hollywood, EASY RIDER; studio copycats lost $illion$ trying to repeat the runaway box-office bonanza made with loose change. In the context of the opsy-artsy time, MODESTY BLAISE is a campy parody of them all thrown together in a frothy French bouillabaise rescued by Arab cavalry in the last reel.
Played by Monica Vitti, the Gallic comic stripper, Modesty Blaise is a liberated James Bond cum Sherlock Holmes engaged by the government to track down an effete, effeminate archcriminal genius played by Dirk Bogarde, with his boffo, psychopathic minions; Terence Stamp comes along as her too freely enterprising lover.
The exotic seenery will be savoured, scene by nostalgic scene, by connoiseurs of that polychrome period who still enjoy the vintage CASINO ROYALE, Uma Thurman's THE AVENGERS, and Derek Flint.