June 27 - July 10,  2002

American Cinematheque Presents...

Mods & Rockers: More Fab Flicks From the Shag-A-Delic Sixties!

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Last Year's Festival: Mods & Rockers 2001

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Festival Produced by Dennis Bartok and Martin Lewis, with the special assistance of Chris D. and Gwen Deglise.

Special Thanks to: Murray Lerner; Michael Schlesinger & Grover Crisp/COLUMBIA PICTURES REPERTORY; Cathye Clark/PARAMOUNT PICTURES REPERTORY; Fritz Herzog/ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS & SCIENCES – Film Archive; Jere Guldin; Jeff Joseph; Joe Massot; David Shultz/VITAGRAPH FILMS; Marilee Womack/WARNER BROS. CLASSICS; John Kirk & Latanya Taylor/MGM-UA; Rhino Home Video; Jeff Stein; Stuart Lisell; First Run Features; Anthony Timpson; Ray Regis/UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA – Film Archive; Paul Ginsburg/UNIVERSAL FOCUS; Baird Bryant, Johanna Demetrakas & Pablo Bryant; Robert Amram; Roger Corman.

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"Are you a Mod or a Rocker?" a female reporter quizzed Beatle Ringo Starr in A HARD DAY’S NIGHT. His famous response – "I’m a Mocker" – neatly summed up the cocky, carefree spirit of the 1960’s, when every teenager with pegged pants and a shag (haircut, that is) started his weekend with "Ready, Steady, Go!", and droves of dollybirds in Twiggy/Suzy Kendall gear roamed the swinging streets of London. Our 4th Annual Mod Fest kicks off with the L.A. Premiere of the new concert film BLUE WILD ANGEL: JIMI HENDRIX LIVE AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT, featuring never-before-seen footage of Hendrix’s legendary performance at the British music festival in 1970. This year’s Festival features cinematic celebrations of the Beatles and the Who on successive nights: we’ve gathered together the first major solo movie projects by Beatles John, Paul, George and Ringo, followed by a trio of Who movies (to toast the band’s Hollywood Bowl concert the following night), including their landmark rock operas TOMMY.

Another highlight will be a five film mini-tribute to one of the icons of 1960’s culture, actor Michael Caine, who practically defined British cool in films like ALFIE, THE ITALIAN JOB and THE IPCRESS FILE. Other rare treats of Mod 2002 include a Cast and Crew Reunion with THE BUTTERCUP CHAIN and director Jerzy Skolimowski in-person with the unnerving DEEP END.

As our calendar goes to press we’re very saddened to learn of the passing of a great friend of the Cinematheque, director Joe Massot, whose psychedelic classic WONDERWALL epitomized the spirit of the Mods & Rockers Festival. As a tribute to Joe, and to the late George Harrison, we’ll be screening WONDERWALL, along with Joe’s celebrated Led Zeppelin concert film THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME.

 

 

Thursday, June 27 – 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Author Stephen Roby will sign copies of his new book BLACK GOLD: THE LOST ARCHIVES OF JIMI HENDRIX. The book will be on sale in the lobby of the Egyptian Theatre for $19.95 + tax.

Thursday, June 27 – 7:30 PM

MODS & ROCKERS

L.A. Premiere!! BLUE WILD ANGEL: JIMI HENDRIX LIVE AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT, 2001 (shot 1970), 102 min. Dir. Murray Lerner. An awesome document of Jimi Hendrix at the height of his powers, BLUE WILD ANGEL captures the guitarist roaring through "All Along The Watchtower", "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" and a unique medley of "God Save The Queen" and "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band." Band members Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox and others recount the electric atmosphere at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, which also featured The Who, the Doors and Miles Davis. The story behind BLUE WILD ANGEL is almost as interesting: the festival promoters agreed to let filmmaker Murray Lerner document their landmark event. However, financial and other difficulties prevented the movie from being completed for over 25 years. Lerner finally secured the funds to complete his film, and he incorporated the performances and backstage shenanigans into the acclaimed documentary MESSAGE TO LOVE. BLUE WILD ANGEL focuses solely on Hendrix’s performance at the Festival, including much never-before seen footage.

 

Friday, June 28 – 7:00 PM

MODS & ROCKERS

Cast and Crew Reunion! Brand New 35 mm. Print!

THE BUTTERCUP CHAIN, 1970, Columbia, 95 min. A lovely, melancholy little gem about lost love and fleeting friendships from director Robert Ellis Miller (THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER), THE BUTTERCUP CHAIN stars 60’s icon Jane Asher and Hywel Bennett (from THE FAMILY WAY) as a pair of cousins in Swinging London who ensnare American free spirit Leigh Taylor-Young (at her Mod best) and Scandinavian hunk Sven-Bertil Taube into their rondelay of bed-hopping. Barely released in the U.S. in 1970, and unseen for over 30 years (until now), THE BUTTERCUP CHAIN is a wistful, pastel-colored and patchouli-scented time capsule of an era when Love Was All Around … Discussion following with actress Leigh Taylor-Young, director Robert Ellis Miller and producers Philip Waddilove and John Whitney.

 

Friday, June 28 – 9:45 PM

MODS & ROCKERS

The Mod Who Would Be Caine! A Tribute To Michael Caine:

THE ITALIAN JOB, 1969, Paramount, 101 min. Dir. Peter Collinson. A rollicking heist caper with imprisoned criminal genius Noel Coward enlisting Michael Caine and his band of Mini Minor-driving thieves to create a gigantic traffic jam in Turin, Italy so they can make off with a busload of gold. The very funny open-ended finale has to be seen to be believed, and serves to redefine the term "cliffhanger!" With Benny Hill.

ALFIE, 1966, Paramount, 114 min. Dir. Lewis Gilbert. "Me life’s me own – to do what I like with," observes Cockney loverboy Michael Caine as he bounces from one gorgeous bird to the next, including Vivien Merchant, Jane Asher and Shirley Anne Field, always trying to stay one step ahead of true feeling or commitment. A brilliant comic portrait of the high cost of loving, 1960’s style, based on Bill Naughton’s play, with a superb score by jazz giant Sonny Rollins. With Shelley Winters.

 

Saturday, June 29 – 5:00 PM

MODS & ROCKERS

Act Naturally! Solo Beatles Ringo and George:

THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN, 1969, Paramount, 93 min. Dir. Joseph McGrath. Eccentric millionaire, Guy Grand (Peter Sellers) knows that most folks will do anything for money and sets out to prove it with the help of adopted hobo son, Ringo Starr, in this riotously funny satire written by Terry Southern and director McGrath, from Southern’s novel. Anarchy reigns with hilarious cameos along the way by John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Christopher Lee, Roman Polanski and Raquel Welch. (Beatle Paul penned the theme song, "Come And Get It.")

WONDERWALL, 1969, 76 min. As a tribute to the late, great George Harrison, who composed WONDERWALL’s shimmering, sitar-laced score, and to director Joe Massot, who sadly passed away recently, we bring back one of the Mod Fest’s most popular offerings, a gloriously meaningless, headtripping fantasy about an eccentric scientist (Jack MacGowran) who discovers a secret window into the endless sex life of gorgeous nymph Jane Birkin (Serge Gainsbourg’s main squeeze and co-moaner of "Je t’aime moi non plus"!) The restored version of the film features a long-lost theme song produced by Harrison during the film’s scoring sessions, which had been lying forgotten for nearly 30 years in his personal vaults. Plus, Massot’s short film "Reflections On Love", 1965, 13 min., an exuberant Cinemascope portrait of Swinging London featuring Patti Boyd’s sister Jenny (and a cameo by the Fab Four!)

 

Saturday, June 29 – 9:00 PM

MODS & ROCKERS

Act Naturally! Solo Beatles John and Paul:

HOW I WON THE WAR, 1967, MGM/UA, 110 min. Maverick A HARD DAY’S NIGHT and HELP! director Richard Lester recruited John Lennon (in his first solo acting gig) for this wildly surreal satire on war movies, featuring Michael Crawford (THE KNACK) as a blissfully unaware idiot charged with building a cricket pitch behind enemy lines during World War II. Although set in the 1940’s, HOW I WON THE WAR couldn’t be more 60’s in tone, featuring abrupt time shifts, jump cutting and Lester’s patented brand of biting slapstick humor. With Jack MacGowran.

THE FAMILY WAY, 1966, Warner Bros., 114 min. Dir. Roy Boulting. Beautiful, bittersweet story of newlyweds Hayley Mills (in her first adult role) and Hywel Bennett (THE BUTTERCUP CHAIN) who are unable to consummate their marriage because of a cancelled honeymoon and too-close-for-comfort in-laws. Featuring terrific supporting performances by Hayley’s real-life father, John Mills, and the wonderful Marjorie Rhodes. Best known for its fine, Paul McCartney-penned score, and for Hayley’s brief flashes of nudity (and her scandalous off-screen romance with director Roy Boulting, 33 years her senior!), THE FAMILY WAY deserves to be re-discovered as an overlooked gem of 1960’s comedy.

 

Sunday, June 30 – 2:30 PM

Won’t Get Filmed Again! An All-Day Who Movie Celebration Dedicated to John Entwistle:

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, 1978, New World, 101 min. Dir. Jeff Stein. This legendary documentary on the Who features a wealth of ultra-rare footage, including quintessential 60’s moments and killer live performances in the 70’s from the anarchic Mod quartet, along with interviews with individual members Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle and Keith Moon. Discussion following with THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT director Jeff Stein.

 

Sunday, June 30 – 5:30 PM

MODS & ROCKERS

Won’t Get Filmed Again! An All-Day Who Movie Celebration:

LA Premiere of Ultra-Rare Quintaphonic (5-Channel) Stereo Mix! Presented in SDDS! TOMMY, 1975, Columbia, 111 min. Having already brought an outlandish, hellzapoppin quality to such films as THE DEVILS, director Ken Russell was the perfect choice to helm the Who’s landmark rock opera TOMMY, transforming it into a stream-of-consciousness catalog of wild performances from the likes of Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Tina Turner, Elton John, Keith Moon, Jack Nicholson and others.

LISTENING TO YOU: THE WHO AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL, 1996 (shot 1970), 85 min. Drawing on the same wealth of concert footage that produced MESSAGE TO LOVE and BLUE WILD ANGEL, director Murray Lerner fashioned one of the finest portraits of the Who on stage, performing classics like "My Generation," "Magic Bus" and "I Can’t Explain" along with a dozen songs from the rock opera "Tommy."

 

Virgin CD Giveaway at Mods & Rockers Events July 3-10 while supply lasts!

Wednesday, July 3 – 7:30 PM

MODS & ROCKERS

Double Feature:

DARLING, 1965, Avco Embassy, 122 min. Dir. John Schlesinger. Julie Christie sets off fireworks in her Academy Award-winning performance as a common girl in swinging London who achieves model stardom while breaking the hearts of intellectual writer Dirk Bogarde and decadent cad Laurence Harvey. The costume design and Frederic Raphael’s incisive script also won Oscars.

Plus, "The White Bus," 1967, MGM/UA, 46 min. Prior to IF …, director Lindsay Anderson made this striking, stream-of-consciousness short about a suicidal young secretary who experiences a hallucinatory tour of London.

 

Friday, July 5 – 7:00 PM

MODS & ROCKERS

LORD LOVE A DUCK, 1966, MGM/UA, 104 min. Dir. George Axelrod. One of the most-requested titles from our 1st Mod Fest is back!! Overgrown teenage outcast Roddy McDowall becomes fast friends and protector of cheerleader Tuesday Weld in this jaw-dropping, incredibly subversive black comedy. Lola Albright is Weld’s alcoholic cocktail-waitress mom, Harvey Korman the puffed-up high school principal, Martin Gabel the Sam Arkoff-inspired exploitation auteur – and Ruth Gordon the poisonously-sarcastic mother-in-law addicted to yogurt and Stingers. Features one of the grooviest 1960’s soundtracks ever, courtesy of the legendary Neal Hefti. Plus, a special 30-minute "Mods & Rockers Trailer Show" featuring Swinging 60’s trailers from the collection of Sabucat Productions!

 

Friday, July 5 – 10:00 PM

MODS & ROCKERS

Swinging 60’s Sexploitation Double Header:

CAMILLE 2000, 1969, First Run Features, 115 min. Amazingly groovy Euro-trash classic from erotic maestro Radley Metzger. Daniele Gaubert stars as a tragically beautiful aristocrat who can’t seem to have fun no matter how much sex she has (don’t you hate it when that happens??) Featuring a terrific Euro-lounge score by Piero Piccioni, and probably our favorite psychedelic S&M orgy scene, ever!

COOL IT CAROL!, 1970, 101 min. Dir. Peter Walker. Insanely rare, low-budget Mod sleazefest from Britain’s answer to Russ Meyer, director Peter Walker, helmer of underground oddities like SCHOOL FOR SEX, STRIP POKER and HOUSE OF WHIPCORD. Charming Janet Lynn and Robin Askwith star as innocent young lovers who journey to big city London to pursue their dreams – and instead get sucked into a depraved whirlpool of all-night parties, anonymous sexual encounters and rock & roll. Guaranteed 100% sordid!!

 

Saturday, July 6 – 5:00 PM

MODS & ROCKERS

Special Ticket Offer!! The "Secret Agent Spy-Pass" is available for Sat., July 6th – buy tickets to any 2 of the Michael Caine/Harry Palmer spy films and get a ticket to the 3rd film free!!

THE IPCRESS FILE, 1965, Universal, 108 min. Dir. Sidney J. Furie. The first of three movies featuring the marvelous Michael Caine as author Len Deighton’s low-key, irresistibly sexy thief-turned-spy, Harry Palmer. In THE IPCRESS FILE, Palmer is introduced to the hilariously inscrutable bureaucracy of the British Secret Service, while trying to find out who is behind a "brain drain" of top scientists. Features one of composer John Barry’s most weirdly beautiful scores. With Guy Doleman, Sue Lloyd, Nigel Green.

 

Saturday, July 6 – 7:30 PM

MODS & ROCKERS

The Mod Who Would Be Caine! A Tribute to Michael Caine:

FUNERAL IN BERLIN, 1966, Paramount, 102 min. Dir. Guy Hamilton. Nazi war criminals and Israeli agents complicate matters for Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) when he’s assigned to help cantankerous Russian officer Oscar Homolka defect from East Berlin. Beautiful location work, another great score and the sultry Eva Renzi make the labyrinthine plot a pleasure to follow. With Paul Hubschmid, Guy Doleman.

 

Saturday, July 6 – 10:00 PM

MODS & ROCKERS

BILLION DOLLAR BRAIN, 1967, MGM/UA, 111 min. For BILLION DOLLAR BRAIN, producer Harry Saltzman turned to up-and-coming British director Ken Russell – and wound up with the most wildly surreal, and strangely poetic, film in the Harry Palmer series. Michael Caine finds himself wrapped in fur, roaming around the Scandinavian tundra with gorgeous, enigmatic Francoise Dorleac (Catherine Deneuve’s sister, who died at a tragically young age), while they try to foil the megalomaniac plans of American general Ed Begley (giving one of the most deranged performances of the decade.)

 

Sunday, July 7 – 5:00 PM

MODS & ROCKERS

Directors Baird Bryant and Johanna Demetrakas In Person!!

CELEBRATION AT BIG SUR, 1971, 20th Century Fox, 82 min. Dirs. Baird Bryant and Johanna Demetrakas. Classic documentary of the 1969 hippie fest at Big Sur, featuring stellar performances from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, John Sebastian, Joan Baez, Mimi Farina and others. A beautiful time capsule of a lost era in California counter-culture. Discussion following with directors Baird Bryant and Johanna Demetrakas.

 

Sunday, July 7 – 7:45 PM

MODS & ROCKERS

Director Robert Amram In Person!

THE MINI MOB, 1968, 84 min. From Oscar-winning documentarian Robert Amram (who claims with a rueful grin that this movie ruined his feature film career!), THE MINI MOB is one of those only-in-in-the-Swinging 60’s throwaways about a quartet of Mod princesses who are so desperate for boyfriends that they’re forced to kidnap them. (Does this plot sound suspiciously like THE TOUCHABLES?!) Their quarries include a pirate radio deejay and pop singer Georgie Fame (who abruptly departed in the middle of shooting to promote a new record release in America – and forgot to return!) Featuring the Bee Gees’ first-ever movie score. Plus the short "Dollybirds", 1966, 24 min., Amram’s amazingly-Mod paean to the lovely girls of London (complete with insane discotheque sequences and Carnaby Street fashion tips!) Discussion following with director Robert Amram & actress Lucille Soong. (The post-mortem will then continue next door at the Pig & Whistle – where rare memories of the 60’s will flow for the modest price of a pint of bitter!)

 

Wednesday, July 10 – 7:00 PM

MODS & ROCKERS

Director Jerzy Skolimowski In Person!!

DEEP END, 1970, Paramount, 88 min. One of the great lost films of the late 1960’s, from Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, DEEP END captures the sense of impending dread and spiritual breakdown at the end of the decade like no other movie. John Moulder-Brown stars as a teenage psychopath working in a public bathhouse who becomes obsessed with doe-eyed Jane Asher, with shocking results. Terrific score by krautrock greats Can and British songwriter Cat Stevens. Discussion following with director Jerzy Skolimowski.

 

Wednesday, July 10 – 9:45 PM

MODS & ROCKERS

THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME, 1976, Warner Bros., 136 min. As a tribute to director Joe Massot, we’re bringing back his head-banging portrait of Led Zeppelin on tour (and at home) in 1973, stomping their way through "Stairway To Heaven," "Dazed And Confused," "Whole Lotta Love," and others – interspersed with wildly-bizarre fantasy segments featuring Plant, Page, Bonham and Jones in their acting debuts … Plus, the ultra-rare short film "Hallelujah! The Portsmouth Sinfonia At The Royal Albert Hall," 1974, Springtime!, 24 min. Dir. Rex Pyke. The "World’s Worst Orchestra" massacres Beethoven, Bach and many other composers in their first (and last!) Albert Hall concert. The Portsmouth Sinfonia (whose members included Brian Eno and Michael Nyman) were cult heroes in the U.K. for their gloriously amateurish approach to playing classical music. The "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel’s "Messiah" – with a choir of 350 of the World’s Worst Singers – is a fitting finale…