James Broughton

Pleasure Garden, The (1953) 16mm, black and white, 38 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Music, queer_bi_trans

A joyous musical fantasy celebrating Love in the Park and the victory of the pleasure principle over all prudes and killjoys. THE PLEASURE GARDEN was made in London with a professional cast and shot in the ruined gardens of the Crystal Palace. "In Chaplin, Rene Clair, Buster Keaton, Jacques Tati we enjoy on a big scale the fruits of the poetic turned comic. Broughton is of their kind, except that he holds more strongly to feeling, makes short cuts they daren't, sees and sings out of himself, and never dilutes a joke or a movement. THE PLEASURE GARDEN thus combines the pleasure of Keystone with the love lyric. It springs like the lark, and mingles oddity, grace, satire, and laughter without a dead moment." -- Sight and Sound "It's on the side of the angels. It's a great testimony for Love." -- Allen Ginsberg

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