The Committee

(1968)
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The Committee, starring Paul Jones of Manfred Mann fame, is a unique document of Britain in the 1960s. After a very successful run in London’s West End in 1968, viewings of this controversial movie have been few and far between. Stunning black and white camera work by Ian Wilson brings to life this “chilling fable” by Max Steuer, a lecturer (now Reader Emeritus) at the London School of Economics. Avoiding easy answers, The Committee uses a surreal murder to explore the tension and conflict between bureaucracy on one side, and individual freedom on the other. Many films, such as Total Recall, Fahrenheit 451 and Camus’ The Stranger, see the state as ignorant and repressive, and pass over the inevitable weaknesses lying deep in individuals. Drawing on the ideas of R.D. Laing, a psychologically hip state faces an all too human protagonist.

  1. Peter Sykes

    Director, Writer

  2. Max Steuer

    Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Arthur Brown

    Arthur Brown

    Himself

  2. Jimmy Gardner

    Jimmy Gardner

    Boss

  3. Paul Jones

    Paul Jones

    Central figure

  4. Tom Kempinski

    Victim

  5. Robert Langdon Lloyd

    Committee Director

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Status Released

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  • May 31, 1968
    Theatrical

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Original Language English

Runtime 0h 58m

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