The Pleasure Garden 1953
This short film, made in 1953, is a lyrical, poetic depiction of a group of eccentrics living a seemingly idyllic life in the ruins, freely doing as they please. They cycle, run races, pose as statues and act out their true desires. Then a sombre figure, Colonel. Pall K. Gargoyle, a funeral director by all appearances, played by John Le Mesurier, and his equally censorious Aunt Minerva, arrive at the park and apply their deeply conservative moral code to all the liberal freedom around them, slapping up forbidding notices to stop all the fun, throwing people behind bars, forcing bland traditionalism to replace surreal liberalism and modernism.
The muse is released and freedom restored by the carefree Mrs. Albion, played by Mesurier's then wife Hattie Jacques, who uses her magic scarf to free minds and hearts.

DVD5 | PAL 4:3 | 00:36:33 | 4.05 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Genre: Short, Comedy

Director: James Broughton
Cast: Jean Anderson, Lindsay Anderson, Maxine Audley
Country: UK

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