Set against a backdrop of emerging teen culture and rising racial tension in late 50s London, Colin Maclnnes' cult novel is brought to the screen in Julien Temple's lavish musical adaptation. Struggling young photographer Colin sees his ambitious, fame-seeking girlfriend Crepe Suzette slipping away as she ruthlessly pursues a career in fashion. To win her back he'll need to compromise his idealism and do whatever it takes to make the big time himself.
best soundtrack of the 80s
- Absolute Beginners review by Cf
We last saw this film when it came out but bought the soundtrack - on cassette! - and listened to it for years. We were keen to see how it had aged and the verdict was 'well'. It still looks stylish. How could it not with both David Bowie and Sade in it. Top points (still) for soundtrack and choreography. The sets, from a pre CGI era, are witty and inventive. In fact the reason we went to see it in the cinema when if came out was because our neighbour was involved in the special effects. The acting is wooden and some of the editing stilted but it gets by on sheer exuberence.