Sunday 29 September 2013

1968, Film: Wonderwall

On 17 May 1968 the British film “Wonderwall” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. George Harrison, his wife Pattie, Ringo Starr, his wife Maureen, and the cast members of the film attended the premiere. The premiere in London was on 12 January 1969.

Wonderwall is directed by Joe Massot, it starred Jack MacGowran, Jane Birkin, Richard Wattis, Irene Handl, and Iain Quarrier. The soundtrack is composed by Beatle George Harrison with The Remo Four and Eric Clapton.
Jack MacGowran as Prof. Oscar Collins
Jane Birkin as Penny Lane
The elderly scientist Oscar Collins (Jack MacGowran) lives an overcontroled life. Once his carefully organised day ends at work, he goes home to his grey London flat. His only company is a pet praying mantis and his cleaning lady Mrs. Peurofoy (Irene Handl). All the monotony is about to change when a small hole in the wall projects an image of the next door flat onto a wall, an image of his neighbour, model Penny Lane (Jane Birkin). Oscar becomes obsessed by the image and the model's life. When the hole is blocked, he creates many more holes in his 'Wonderwall', so he can become part of the model's life and world...
Jane Birkin & Jack MacGowran
Jane Birkin as Penny Lane
Jack MacGowran & Jane Birkin
Main Cast
  • Jack MacGowran as Prof. Oscar Collins
  • Jane Birkin as Penny Lane
  • Irene Handl as Mrs. Peurofoy
  • Richard Wattis as Perkins
  • Iain Quarrier as Young Man
  • Beatrix Lehmann as Mother
  • Brian Walsh as Photographer
  • Sean Lynch as Riley
  • Bee Duffell as Mrs. Charmer
  • Noel Trevarthen as Policeman
  • Suki Potier as Girl at party
  • Anita Pallenberg as Girl at Party
Wonderwall Premiere


Tuesday 10 September 2013

1967, Cars: Ford (Taunus) P7a

In July 1967 an all new German Ford (Taunus) 17M/20M (internal P7a) was introduced. The P7a inherited its wheelbase from the previous model (P5) but the new body was longer and wider. The engine was front-mounted and drove the rear wheels. The new car offered four engines: a 1498 cc V4 engine, a 1699 cc V4, a 1998 cc V6, and a V6 2293 cc unit.

The car was offered as a two and four-door saloon, a three and five door “Turnier” station wagon, a three-door “Turnier” panel van, and a 2-door coupé.
Predecessor: Ford Taunus P5
Ford (Taunus) P7a 17m 2d
Ford Taunus) P7a 20m 4d
Ford (Taunus) P7a 20m coupé
Ford P7a 17m Turnier 3d
The P7a was produced only for one year from July 1967 until July 1968. During this period 155,780 P7a's rolled off the production line. European car buyers did not fall for its squared American looks. Ford Germany replaced it one year after its introduction with the much more European styled P7b.

Successor: Ford Taunus P7b
Brochure Ford (Taunus) 17m (1967, Norway)
Brochure Ford (Taunus) 20m (1967, Norway)