French & Saunders: The Ingenue Years

French & Saunders: The Ingenue Years

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Director: Kevin Bishop

Cast: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Simon Brint

     
 

The comedy team of Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French spoof all manner of popular entertainment on French & Saunders: The Ingenue Years, released on DVD from Warner Home Video. This collection of skits from the 1987 season of the BBC sketch comedy series is presented with a standard full-frame transfer and a Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo soundtrack in English. ClosedSee more details below

Overview

The comedy team of Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French spoof all manner of popular entertainment on French & Saunders: The Ingenue Years, released on DVD from Warner Home Video. This collection of skits from the 1987 season of the BBC sketch comedy series is presented with a standard full-frame transfer and a Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo soundtrack in English. Closed captions are accessible. There are no special features to speak of, but this is still an excellent DVD release of a TV show that never aired in the U.S.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Viewers with a voracious appetite for the pop culture send-ups of British comedy team Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders have plenty of other video collections to savor, most notably French & Saunders: At the Movies. Those who prefer the duo's delicious predilection for skewering every segment of British society will find French & Saunders: The Ingenue Years more to their liking. As performers, Saunders and French can nail the accent, the attitude, and the facial tics of all sorts of characters, but as writers, they're often best when poking fun at broad types rather than at specific characters from film or TV. As a result, these early sketches, from before the show became an endless parade of movie spoofs, rank among the duo's freshest. Children's telly, mischievous schoolgirls, uppity maids, and pretentious ballerinas are just a few of the subjects that get the French & Saunders treatment. When the gags do take aim at pop culture, it's usually at people -- from Katharine Hepburn to Liza Minnelli -- rather than at specific works of art; at moments such as these, the humor is as likely to fail as it is to succeed. But when the women stick to such hilarious original characters as a pair of society matrons who like to wear their fur freshly killed, French & Saunders: The Ingenue Years generates as many belly laughs as any other compendium of the duo's material -- maybe more.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2003
UPC:
0794051180728
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bbc Warner
Time:
1:25:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Celebrate christmas with a full-length French & Saunders special featuring a cast of Dickensian damsels, boarding school preppies, Shakespearean actors, and a couple of lecherous lads

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dawn French Actor
Jennifer Saunders Actor
Simon Brint Actor
Rowland Rivron Actor
Joan Bakewell Actor
Robbie Coltrane Actor
Adrian Edmondson Actor
Lenny Henry Actor
Steve Rider Actor
Samantha Carr Actor
Terrance Conder Actor
Cary Forecast Actor
Annabel Hampson Actor
Chris Ifill Actor
Ian Knowles Actor
Colin Layne Actor
Crispin Letts Actor
Christine Mackie Actor
Terry Molloy Actor
Paul Neaum Actor
Paul Nigel Actor
Dawn Reddall Actor
Louisa Rix Actor
Samantha Spencer Lane Actor
Marcia Tucker Actor

Technical Credits
Kevin Bishop Director
Simon Brint Score Composer
Lynda Featherstone Editor
David Firman Score Composer
Dawn French Screenwriter
Ray Gould Production Manager
Frances Hannon Makeup
Nicky Hinkley Choreography
Colin Jones Editor
Barbara Jones Production Manager
Peter Laskie Production Manager
Sharon Lewis Costumes/Costume Designer
Carrie Mallen Production Manager
Juliette Mayer Makeup
Dorka Nieradzik Makeup
Jacqueline Parry Costumes/Costume Designer
Mykola Pawluk Editor
Geoffrey Posner Producer
Rowland Rivron Score Composer
Jennifer Saunders Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Ingénue Years
2. Leg Bones
3. The Fifties
4. Hamburgers
5. The Sixties
6. Merle Oberon
7. The Seventies
8. Men
9. Ballet
10. School
11. So Cute!
12. Costume Ladies
13. It's Great!
14. Fur
15. Give it to Her
16. Sports Report
17. Arts Review
18. Chambermaids
19. Pet Shop Boys
20. Field Trip
21. Fred and Friends
22. Begging for It
23. An Informal Evening
24. Dinner
25. The Twenties
26. Contraception
27. Folk Dance
28. A Fine Woman
29. The Eighties
30. That's Hollywood!

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