Billy Liar (1970)
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Billy Liar 1970

Billy Liar: A young British clerk in a gloomy North Country undertakers office, Billy is bombarded daily by the propaganda of the media that all things are for the asking. This transparently false doctrine, coupled with the humdrum job and his wild imagination, leads him on frequent flights to Ambrosia, a mythical kingdom where he is crowned king, general, lover or any idealized hero the real situation of the moment makes him desire. His vacillating commitment and post-adolescent immaturity have created situations which make Ambrosia all the more attractive. Hes succeeded in becoming engaged to two different girls, simultaneously, while in love with a third, Liz. Hes in hot water with his employer, having spent a rather large sum of postage money on his personal frivolities. And last, but not least, his dream of becoming a highly-paid, famous scriptwriter in London seems doomed to failure. The only person in his life capable of bringing him down to earth is Liz, and shes having a difficult time of it. Finally, he gets his life sufficiently in order to leave for London with his true love. Billy still hasnt come to grips with the real world by the end of the film. He leaves the train to buy milk from a vending machine and watches the train slowly pull out for London with Liz aboard. He returns to the more comfortable shelter of his parents home, Ambrosia and his imagination.

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1960s Ambrosia Apartment Building Aphrodisiac Army Officer Arrest Bagpipes Band Based On Novel Based On Play Bed Bicycle Big Ben London Birthday Blackface Book Breakfast Broken Marriage Engagement Brother Sister Relationship Bugle Cafe Calendar Cannon Cannon Salute Catfight Cemetery Chapel Character Name In Title Choir Cigarette Smoking Clothes Closet Coffin Comedian Compulsive Liar Conga Line Coughing Councilor Cross Dance Hall Dancer Dancing Daydream Daydreamer Death Of Grandmother Death Of Mother Demolition Diner Disc Jockey Doctor Dog Double Exposure Effects Drink Drinking Drum Major Drummer Electric Razor Embezzlement Engagement Ring Expose Failure Family Relationships Fantasy Sequence Fantasy World Father Son Relationship Fiancee Fight Fingernail Flashback Flowers Follow Spot Food Friend Friendship Funeral Funeral Parlor Funeral Procession Gag Writer Generation Gap Grand Opening Grandmother Grandson Relationship Gravestone Graveyard Ground Fill Hearse Hero Horse Jumping Horse Riding Hospital Hotel Husband Wife Relationship Imaginary Country Imagination Immaturity Independent Film Infirmary Insecurity Interrogation Iron Lung Jail Jewelry Store Key Kiss Kitchen Kitchen Sink Realism Lateness Letter Liar Lie Lily Pond Limousine Limp Liquor Cabinet London England London Times Loss Of Right Arm Loudspeaker Love Triangle Machine Gun Marching Band Marriage Engagement Melodrama Memory Microphone Military Parade Military Police Milk Monkey Wrench Monocle Mother Son Relationship Motorcycle Mp Mythical Country Newsreel Footage Newsreel In Plot Nightclub Northern England Novelist Office Clerk Parade Park Passion Pill Penicillin Peter Pan Complex Phonograph Photo Booth Piano Piano Player Plastic Plastic Coffin Playground Police Policeman Prison Prison Warden Provincial Life Quitting Job Radio Announcer Radio Broadcasting Radio Request Radio Station Radio Studio Radium Railway Station Raincoat Record Player Recording Reel To Reel Tape Recorder Reference To Lady Of The Lamp Reference To Nell Gwyn Reference To Winston Churchill Release From Prison Restaurant Reviewing Stand Ribbon Cutting Ring Royalty Rugby Salute Scissors Scriptwriter Scriptwriting Shaving Shopping Cart Shot In The Back Singer Singing Song Speech Spotlight Stadium Stealing Store Opening Storyteller Storytelling Suburb Suitcase Supermarket Tape Recorder Tea Teasing Telephone Call Telephone Operator The Twist Theft Thief Toilet Train Train Ticket TV Star Twist The Dance Typewriter Uncle Nephew Relationship Undertaker Undertakers Assistant Vase Vending Machine Violin Violinist Voice Over Narration Waitress Walkie Talkie War Hero Warrant Watching TV Water Closet Wc Womens Liberation Wrecking Building Writer Writing Yorkshire England

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