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Published on November 12, 2011, by in Netflix.

Looking for something to watch?  I know that for many people Halloween weekend means cheap horror flicks and childhood classics, but since I’ve already memorized most of the dialogue from Hocus Pocus, I happened to wander across this gem.  Absolute Beginners is a low budget new wave musical based on the 1959 novel of the same name.  Not well received at the time of it’s release, due partially to the rather light treatment of a very serious act in London’s history, when taken out of context Absolute Beginners is very enjoyable piece of 80?s pop covering 50?s charm.

Directed by Julien Temple, it is a logical precursor to Earth Girls Are Easy, one of his most famous movies.  David Bowie wrote the opening number and also appears in the film, but I will keep any other spoilers to myself.  Instead, here is a quick taste of the neon-musical romp within:

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David Bowie’s big number, featuring a giant typewriter.

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Ray Davies of the Kinks ladies and gentlemen.

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Yes, that is Sade.

The original novel, Absolute Beginners was part of a trilogy by Colin MacInnes was itself a hugely important commentary on the 1958 Notting Hill Race Riots.  Considering recent events in London, this may end up at the top on my reading list.  Let me know what you think!

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