Melody 1971 ***

An early, rather charming effort from Alan Parker (Angel Heart, Midnight Express), this slight British movie from 1972 is a simple tale of a schoolboy and girl who challenge authority by running away together. Scored to a melodic selection of Bee Gees songs, long before their name because synonymous with disco funk, Melody is an engaging time capsule of UK life, likable simple and tinged with the same bittersweet melancholy for lost innocence that charged Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.


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