Clark Collis
August 01, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Privilege

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
103 minutes
performer
Jean Shrimpton, Paul Jones
director
Peter Watkins
author
Norman Bogner

We gave it a C+

Near-future authoritarian forces use Jones’ pop star to keep the masses down in the ’60s Brit curio Privilege. The movie was stylistically influenced by both the rather engrossing 1962 Paul Anka documentary Lonely Boy — which is included among the EXTRAS — and the infamous 1935 Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will. But Privilege is a lot more tedious than that makes it sound. More interesting is press-wary director Peter Watkins’ self-interview in the accompanying booklet, during which he appears to become a tad irked by his own questions. C+

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