Privilege (1967)

Stephen Shorter (Manfred Mann's Paul Jones) seems like the perfect pop star; he is, however, little more than the puppet and prisoner of a manipulating church and state. What seemed like outlandish speculation in 1967 - the control of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 28, 1967
DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is a bitter, uncompromising movie, and although it isn't quite successful it is fascinating and important.

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Variety Staff

Trouble with Privilege is that it cannot make up its mind whether it's a crusading film for the intelligentsia or a snide, 'with it' comedy.

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TV Guide

[Watkins] blends ironic comedy and social commentary to disconcerting effect, and Jones delivers an introverted, masochistic performance very different from the stereotyped image of the studly rock idol.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

There's no denying Watkins' ambition and intelligence in this satire of the rock world being used by the Establishment... but much of the acting is poor, while the tone is frequently far too hysterical for its own good.

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TIME Magazine

Ultimately, Privilege is less a picture than a frame.

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Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

It's filled with confidence, but little conviction.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Peter Watkins's hysterical vision of rock and roll fascism was timely in 1967, though it now seems too much a stern warning to youth to be taken seriously.

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Penelope Houston
The Spectator

One can imagine a good many ways it might have been done. What was not foreseeable is the didactic, self-absorbed and perilously self- indulgent tone the film actually takes.

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Fernando F. Croce

A raging and thoroughgoing satire of pop messiah-dom and media puppetry

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Robert C
I'm guessing this is probably one of the earliest examples of a "mocumentary", which is impressive. What is also impressive is how eerily… More
Walter M.
Made in 1967, "Privilege" at first seems to be little more than just a reaction against Beatlemania as it starts with a ticker tape parade for rock… More