The Secret Life of Edward James

On Friday 9th March, I presented a short lecture on Edward James (surrealist art patron, poet, aristocrat, world-class eccentric) and British follies. The centre-piece of the evening (part of our ongoing series of films about Life Abroad) was the film above, The Secret Life of Edward James from 1978. Presented by George Melly (jazz musician and art historian, as well as James’ auto-biography amanuensis), it’s a brilliant film that acts as an act of admiration and exploration of one eccentric’s life by another of their clan. It is worth every minute of your time.


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