1963 black & white British film
starring Tom Courtenay
and Julie Christie
, directed by John Schlesinger
. Billy Fisher (Courtenay) is a young man stuck in a dead-end career
(he's an undertaker
's assistant) who would rather dream
. While being berated by his father
for being lazy
, Billy dreams of a great military victory. He always has his head in the clouds, which often causes him to tell little white lies
to cover his tracks, until he meets Liz (Christie), a very strong, free-spirited woman who gives him the opportunity to run away from his dreary life.
This is an interesting film about internal redemption. It's probably best known in the indie world because of the Yo La Tengo song, "Tom Courtenay" which is both about the actor and this film.