Call Me Genius


1h 45m 1961

Brief Synopsis

Anthony Hancock gives up his office job to become an abstract artist. He has a lot of enthusiasm, but little talent, and critics scorn his work. Nevertheless, he impresses an emerging very talented artist.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Rebel
Release Date
Jan 1961
Premiere Information
New York opening: 16 Oct 1961
Production Company
Associated British Productions, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Continental Distributing, Inc.
Country
United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Synopsis

Bored with the dull routine of his office job and yearning to be an artist, Anthony Hancock leaves London and moves to Paris. He becomes friendly with a young painter from England, Paul, and the two share a garret studio on the Left Bank. Though Anthony's colossal sculptures and infantile paintings are totally lacking in merit, a bogus intellectual set adopts him and proclaims him a genius. Paul, who cannot comprehend his friend's "theories," becomes disheartened and returns to London, leaving his paintings behind. Paul's paintings are seen by Sir Charles Brouard, an art connoisseur who mistakes them for Anthony's and promotes a highly successful exhibit. As his fame increases, Anthony is commissioned by a Greek shipping magnate, Aristotle Carreras, to immortalize his wife in stone. The finished product, however, is a disaster, and Anthony flees to London. He discovers that Paul has adopted his "infantile" technique and has done numerous paintings. Brouard arranges a showing, and Anthony is once more hailed a genius. Realizing how completely he has hoodwinked the art world, Anthony confesses at the exhibition that the paintings are Paul's. He then returns to his former flat to continue painting and sculpting, confident that someday his talent will be recognized.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Rebel
Release Date
Jan 1961
Premiere Information
New York opening: 16 Oct 1961
Production Company
Associated British Productions, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Continental Distributing, Inc.
Country
United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Quotes

It's a self portrait.
- Hancock
Who of?
- Landlady

Trivia

Notes

Released in Great Britain in 1961 as The Rebel.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall October 16, 1961

Released in United States Fall October 16, 1961