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Bedazzled

Released 1967
Distributor 20th Century Fox

The New Yorker called Stanley Donen’s Python-esque take on the Faust story “the intellectual’s Hellzapoppin'”.‚ Of course that was back when people were actually familiar with Olsen & Johnson’s‚ brilliantly Brechtian, now sadly obscure‚ comedy. Boldly funny, dryly understated‚ and defiantly offbeat, ‚ it’s rumored that this was remade in 2000 but no one we’ve contacted seems to remember seeing it.

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.