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Nothing But the Best (1964)

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Social mobility was a 60s theme and a number of films took the baton and ran with it. This black comedy starring Alan Bates as an estate agent on the make who eventually makes a killing – literally – is very much of its era with an eye on ‘A-type ladies in E-type Jags’ as our feckless hero James Brewster espouses. A sharp picture of the time adapted by Frederic Raphael from Stanley Ellin’s story The Best of Everything. Co-star Denholm Elliott is the con who trains Brewster up; Millicent Martin is the lady he squires and she was a veteran of TV satire That Was The Week That Was (Willie Rushton can also be seen in the ensemble – and look fast for Patti Boyd). Wonderful title sequence (by James Baker) and it’s  shot by Nicolas Roeg who would of course direct Elliott 16 years later in his masterpiece, Bad Timing. Terrific.

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