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  Billy Liar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Billy Liar (1959) is a novel by Keith Waterhouse that was later adapted into a play, film, musical and TV series.
Billy lies compulsively to everyone he comes across, whether it's the claim that his father lost the chance to become "world champion" after a leg-amputation or telling his parents that his friend's mother is pregnant.
"Billy Liar" is also the title of the second track off of Her Majesty The Decemberists by The Decemberists and the first track of a CD single of the same name.
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 Billy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Billy (Billy and Mandy), a TV show character.
Billy Elliot, a film about a boy aspiring to be a ballet dancer.
Jacques de Billy (abbot) (or Jacques de Billy de Prunay) (1535-1581), the French patristic scholar, theologian, jurist, linguist, and Benedictine abbot.
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 Images - Billy Liar
As the title states, Billy is a proficient liar, a skill he’s developed partly as a result of juggling three separate "girlfriends." He’s engaged to Barbara (Helen Fraser), a bucked tooth goodie-goodie who incessantly refers to him as "pet" and who is determined to save her virginity for her wedding day.
Billy has also proposed to Rita (Gwendolyn Watts), a different sort of girl altogether, a harpy with an acid tongue and frosted hair who stalks Billy relentlessly in search of the elusive diamond ring he’s promised her.
Billy spends much of the movie trying to avoid both, and there’s a nice extended sequence in which he tries to drug Barbara in order to steal her ring to give to Rita.
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 Essay: Billy Liar - Interactions between characters and the build up of tension. - Coursework.Info
Billy Lair, originally a play by Keith Waterhouse published in 1960, was later adapted as a film and play script with the aid of Willis Hall; an experienced play write.
Billy Liar focuses, not surprisingly, on Billy Fisher; a well educated highly imaginative 19 year old living in the 1950s who simply cannot stop himself from lying.
His lies to him are his fantasies and lives them out in graphic detail, a device that is difficult to recreate on stage with no narrator or ability to make each fantasy a reality as in the film or with the use of a passive voice in the novel.
www.coursework.info /GCSE/Media_Studies/Film/Billy_Liar_Interactions_between_characters_and_the_build_L2823.html   (319 words)

 Compare Prices and Read Reviews on Billy Liar at Epinions.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
She really lights up the screen (not to mention Billy) in "Billy Liar." On the commentary track she explains her aversion to screen glamour and joy that she was able to play the romantic lead without elaborate coiffing and couturing.
The adults are not monsters (though Billy's father comes close) and though one is invited to sympathize with Billy, it is easy to see why he makes those around him impatient as well as why he feels frustrated by his position and by the two fiancées.
Billy is entirely heterosexual and the time he spends with women is mostly focused on trying to persuade them to have sex.
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 Billy Liar (1963)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Plot Summary: Billy, a young man with a dreary life, spends most of his time daydreaming about a land where he is a hero...
"Billy Liar!" impressed me more than many other admirable British pictures of this era, like "Room at the Top", "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" and "This Sporting Life".
One can understand Billy's frustrations with his respectively prudish and plain (Barbara) and ignorant (Rita) girlfriends, and his anger at his family, although some sympathy is correctly reserved for them.
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 screenonline: Billy Liar (1963)
Billy is an undertaker's clerk with an overactive fantasy life, to compensate for his dull provincial life.
Like Harold Steptoe, Billy is a fantasist determined to transcend his everyday humdrum existence but unable to actually leave it in reality.
At the end of the film, rather than face the chance of a new life and happiness with Liz, Billy prefers to wallow in the comfort of his fantasy life.
www.screenonline.org.uk /film/id/440678   (393 words)

 Photobooth.net | Photobooths in Movies & TV : Billy Liar
His character, nicknamed "Billy Liar" because of his inability to tell the truth and the flights of imaginative fancy that occupy his days, is a young man working in a funeral home in Bradford, England.
Billy meets Liz (Julie Christie) at the Locarno dance club one night, attempting to avoid the two women he's engaged to who are also out dancing.
Billy pretends to hurl a grenade at the Shadracks' table after leaving the photo booth, visible behind and to the left.
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 screenonline: Billy Liar (1963) Synopsis
Billy Fisher is a young Yorkshireman living at home with his parents and Grandmother.
Although Billy stops her meeting his parents a family row ensues in which Billy shouts at his grandmother.
Billy goes home to pack but finds that his Grandmother is seriously ill and has been taken to hospital.
www.screenonline.org.uk /film/id/440678/synopsis.html   (575 words)

 DVD Verdict Review - Billy Liar: Criterion Collection
Billy Fisher is a young man living in a northern British city.
The allusions to this are scattered clearly throughout Billy Liar from the demolition and construction scenes to the two owners of the funeral company for which Billy works (old timer Duxbury and modernist Shadrack) even to the contrasting love interests in Billy's life (straight-laced Barbara versus the liberated Liz).
She offered Billy a clear route of escape from his drab existence, even if was hard to understand how she could really be interested in him.
www.dvdverdict.com /reviews/billyliar.php   (1557 words)

 Essay: Billy Liar - In this play how is Billy presented? - Coursework.Info
We can see he should have had the benefit from a good education at a grammar school but he wasted it by not working hard, being unresponsive and disrespectful to the teachers and ultimately failing in his exams.
Billy has very mixed relations with his family and friends, and we see this change throughout the play.
His family is quite dysfunctional and Billy would seem to be the cause of most of the problems within that family.
www.coursework.info /GCSE/English_Literature/Plays/Billy_Liar_In_this_play_how_is_Billy_L27285.html   (310 words)

 The Criterion Collection: Billy Liar
Billy Liar is one of the great movies of the 1960s, but it has been, in this country at least, maddeningly elusive.
Billy Liar, adapted by Willis Hall and Keith Waterhouse from their play (which was based on Mr.
She’s crazy.” Billy, for all his wild imaginings, may be too afraid to escape from the drab reality that imprisons him.
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 Billy Liar   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Billy is a misunderstood slacker; today he could be almost any sensitive young male, with a penchant for non-penetrative organic banking and the merits of recycling.
The symbolism of the scene where Billy throws a sheaf of calendars to the wind points to a theme that is now entirely conventional, that one’s destiny is in the sway of forces well beyond one’s own control.
The message is clear, and bleak: weak, aimless and rooted in an imaginary past, Billy invites sympathy to the extent that others identify their own impotence with his.
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 john schlesinger's billy liar (1963) - Arts and Faith
She holds the key to Billy's problem, because she seems to have the balance that Billy lacks: She knows and loves that same world of fantasy and daydreaming, and yet at the same time she has her feet firmly planted in the real world.
As for Billy's contentment to pass up the London opportunity, I think the clue is in the maternal imagery of that shot at the station when Billy clutches the two cartons of milk to his chest: The poor lad can't leave his mother.
However, when the emcee announces to the crowd that Billy's just got a job in London with Boon, there is no doubt from the way Liz rolls her eyes and shakes her head that she is well aware it is just another of Billy's fantasies.
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 Billy Liar (1963)
In order to stay afloat, Billy has been forced to lie, but the lies have begun to accumulate and could slap him in the face at any moment.
Billy also dreams of being a script writer for a famous comedian in London, but no one really believes him because he has been caught in his lies too many times.
Billy Liar is an exceptionally fascinating story that is depicted with clever thoughtfulness, which leaves the audience with an extraordinary cinematic happening.
cinematica1.tripod.com /archives/b/billy_liar.htm   (190 words)

 BILLY LIAR - Complete Notes including Cast, Production Credits, Biographies, and Novel, Play & Movie Notes.
Billy Liar began life as a novel by 30-year-old newspaperman Keith Waterhouse.
Billy's opening weeks in the West End's Cambridge Theatre were less than brilliant, failing to fill the 1200-seat "barnlike" house.
Billy Liar had its U.S. premiere (at the Coronet Theatre, 59th and 3rd Ave.) less than a month after Kennedy's assassination and two months before The Beatles' arrival on these shores - hardly good timing for a British comedy.
www.filmforum.org /archivedfilms/billyliarpress.html   (4582 words)

 Billy Liar (1963)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Billy Fisher (Tom Courtenay), is an ambitious but ultimately lazy young Yorkshire slacker with a dreary occupation working as a clerk at Shadrach and Duxbury's funeral directors.
He spends most of his time daydreaming of Ambrosia, a fantasyland where he is a hero but a number of minor indiscretions cause Billy to lie in order to avoid the penalties.
Billy's lies land him in increasingly hot water as he find himself simultaneously engaged to free spirit Liz (Julie Christie), the homely Barbara (Helen Fraser) and raunchy Rita (Gwendolyn Watts).
www.britmovie.co.uk /genres/comedy/filmography/007.html   (202 words)

 MMI Movie Review: Billy Liar (1963)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Billy Fisher hides from the truth as if it were his own private hired assassin.
Most of us with a pulse have imaginations as vivid as Billy's: they comfort us when life is a drag & remind us of what we can lose when we reach for fantasies we really don't want to grab.
That's why "Billy Liar" carried such resonance in the summer of 1963 & is still meaningful to contemporary viewers.
www.shoestring.org /mmi_revs/billy-liar.html   (504 words)

 The Insider by Ken Mandelbaum: CDs: Some of Us Belong to the Stars, - Broadway.com Buzz
In between the TV series and the sequel book, Billy Liar became Billy, an elaborate West End musical that opened at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane (where The Producers is now playing) on May 1, 1974.
Billy was a brassy, Broadway-style musical, and it took advantage of the services of top-notch American choreographer Onna White.
Following the opening night of Billy, The Daily Mail wrote, "There is no magic quite like being right there when a star is born," and that was typical of the raves Crawford received.
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 Billy Liar (1963)
His wit and imagination earned him a scholarship at a local grammar school, but brains are not enough to effect his escape from his caste, and so he retreats into an imaginary world, Ambrosia, where he is lord, master and general of all he surveys.
     The truth is, we're all to a lesser or greater extent guilty of Billy's crimes of denial or fantasy.
Billy's final act of self-denial, and the way he covers it up is a moving exhortation to all of us to buckle up and seize the day.
www.michaeldvd.com.au /Reviews/Reviews.asp?ID=4251   (1188 words)

 Amazon.com: Billy Liar (1963) : Video   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
"Billy Liar" was made in 1963 three years after my birth and I can just remember Britian being like this; but it is not just a nostalgia trip.
The central problem Billy faces is one that most if not all young people experience at some time; the desire to do something great and become important and the feeling that they are being constrained and inhibited by the older generation's lack of vision.
Tom Courtenay is Billy, a perpetual liar; he's trapped in his own drab, stifling northern England surroundings, and his only escape is a fantasy world he's concocted.
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 Billy Liar - DVD Movie Central
Such is the underlying paradox of Billy Liar, a smart British comedy made by John Schlesinger in 1963, a few years before his Midnight Cowboy and Marathon Man heyday.
Billy's real world involve unsympathetic and unsupportive parents (Pickles and Washbourne), a dull job at a funeral home where the boss muses plastic coffins as the future, and a love life entirely overcomplicated by his own doing.
The escapist world of Billy Liar is a nice place to spend an hour and a half, though it drives the point home that no fantasy, however elaborate, can completely replace reality, for better or for worse.
www.dvdmoviecentral.com /ReviewsText/billy_liar.htm   (835 words)

 JR.com: Billy Liar (1963) - DVD in Movies: Dramas:
BILLY LIAR was an immediate sensation as first a novel, then a hit play--both written by Keith Waterhouse, who also served as screenwriter on the film.
A young Englishman named Billy Fisher (Tom Courtenay) dreams of escaping from his dull working-class family and his dead-end job as an undertaker's assistant.
In constant conflict with his parents and with the many women with whom he is romantically involved (he is engaged to two), Billy regularly escapes into a rich fantasy world.
www.jr.com /xs-billy-liar-dvd-in-movies-dramas--pi!3777290.html   (305 words)

 Billy Liar   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Billy Fisher is less than dedicated to his job of undertaker's clerk, bored with his North Country family background,
For Billy, an energetic imagination makes life tolerable - wellnigh intolerable for all around him.
He lies his way in and out of every situation, producing any explanation and making any promise that will extricate him from his present predicament.
www.bartontheatre.freeuk.com /billy.htm   (131 words)

 BILLY LIAR previously at Film Forum in New York City
BILLY LIAR previously at Film Forum in New York City
Of course they're both Tom Courtenay as Billy Fisher in Schlesinger's adaptation of the smash-hit West End play (from Keith Waterhouse's cult novel), a feckless aspiring comedy writer in a Yorkshire town with an endlessly nagging family, stuffy boss (Kubrick fave Leonard Rossiter's Biblically named Mr.
Seldom, if ever, seen here since the 60s - and even then not in its original CinemaScope - Billy Liar is a "warm, witty, sensitive film: whatever happened later, something stirred in British cinema in the 60s." - Time Out (London).
www.filmforum.org /archivedfilms/billyliar.html   (257 words)

 MRC FilmFinder-Full Record: Billy Liar
Billy Fisher has a neat trick for escaping the more dreary and troubling aspects of his daily life -- he withdraws into an imaginary world quite different from the working class rut he actually lives in.
Billy Liar can't use his imagination to do anything but dream, not do.
His Billy is an interestingly conceived character portrayal.
www.lib.unc.edu /house/mrc/films/full.php?film_id=650   (195 words)

 Billy Liar (1963)
Tom Courtenay stars as Billy Fisher, an ambitious but ultimately lazy young man with a dreary life who spends most of his time daydreaming about a land where he is a hero.
Finally, when his life is a total mess, and nobody believes a word he says, an opportunity to run away from everyone presents itself.
Billy's lies land him in increasingly hot water as he finds himself simultaneously engaged to free spirit Liz (Julie Christie), the oranges obsessed and homely Barbara (Helen Fraser) and raunchy Rita (Gwendolyn Watts).
www.michaeldvd.com.au /Discs/Disc.asp?ID=8707   (146 words)

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