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<<< August 8 - 17,, 2005 >>>

Mods & Rockers: The Return of Groovy Movies From The Shagadelic '60s!

 

This series also screens at the Aero Theatre (July 8 - 10, 2005).

 

"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. After a one-year hiatus – which gave us time to dig up even MORE swinging classics and rarities -- our Mods & Rockers Film Festival is back in all its day-glo glory for its 6th edition!! This year’s Fest features a mini-tribute to author Jacqueline Susann with a brand-new print of VALLEY OF THE DOLLS plus the rarely-screened THE LOVE MACHINE. Other highlights include the Director’s Cut of the landmark concert doc WOODSTOCK, Richard Lester’s bittersweet San Francisco-in-the-Summer-of-Love drama PETULIA, and a bevy of groovy 60’s nuggets that haven’t seen a projector in many years, including ANGEL ANGEL DOWN WE GO and the wonderfully-titled Anthony Newley magnum opus CAN HIERONYMUS MERKIN EVER FORGET MERCY HUMPPE AND FIND TRUE HAPPINESS?

For more information on the Festival: www.modsandrockers.com

 

 

Tuesday July 5 - 8:00 PM

FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT!
A SALUTE TO THE PIONEERS OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MOVIES

SPECIAL DOUBLE-FEATURE!!

TWO CLASSIC BILL HALEY & THE COMETS FILMS

IN-PERSON APPEARANCE BY THE COMETS!

ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK, 1956, Columbia, 77 min. Dir. Fred Sears. This was the first-ever rock ‘n’ roll feature film. It was a true quickie! It was shot in January 1956 – and premiered six weeks later in March 1956! – preceding "The Girl Can’t Help It" by 9 months. The film was very loosely inspired by the story of Bill Haley & The Comets – who starred as themselves. Also featuring The Platters. The soundtrack featured full or partial renditions of 10 songs by Haley & the original Comets. Teenage audiences throughout the world – and especially in Britain – RIOTED when watching this movie! Firstly out of excitement at hearing the raucous rock ‘n’ roll. And then again at the end of the movie when the Haley & The Comets musical finale was interrupted by a cheesy love scene!

Legendary B-Movie producer Sam Katzman produced no less than 239 movies in his 40-year career from 1934-1974. An average of 6 films per year! By the time he produced "Rock Around The Clock" he already had 190 of them under his belt. So movie #191 rolled off the assembly line with ease – and unwittingly invented an entire genre. Made for a paltry $300,000 - the film grossed an astonishing (for 1956) $4 million in the US and another $3 million overseas where the film was a virtual phenomenon.

Incidentally - this was just one of NINE films that director Fred Sears helmed in 1956 alone! He also cranked out 2 movies in 1949, 3 in 1950, 5 in 1951, 6 in 1952, 7 in 1953, 5 in 1954, a mere 4 in 1955 and 5 more in 1957 before for some strange reason dropping dead in November 1957 of a heart attack at the age of just 44! Even that didn’t stop the prolific Sears - as no less than 5 more films he directed just before his death were released in 1958! His career total as a director was 51 films shot in just 9 years. If only he’d lived as long as Billy Wilder…

DON’T KNOCK THE ROCK, 1956, Columbia, 84 min. Dir. Fred Sears. The first-ever rock ‘n’ roll movie sequel! After the runaway success of the first Haley & The Comets film – veteran B-movie producer Sam Katzman sensed he was onto a good thing and less than 9 months later had rushed out a second movie starring Bill Haley & The Comets. It co-starred Little Richard and respected R&B group The Treniers who in 1953 had recorded Bill Haley’s composition "Rock-A-Beatin’ Boogie." Katzman even felt confident enough to make this film 7 minutes longer that its predecessor – an entire 84 minutes! The soundtrack features full or partial renditions of 6 songs by Haley & the Comets.

The film was very nearly the second-ever rock ‘n’ roll movie to be released – but 20th Century Fox rushed out "The Girl Can’t Help It" starring Fats Domino just 2 weeks earlier. Interestingly both films featured the same supporting cast – Little Richard and The Treniers. And for good measure "The Girl Can’t Help It" also included The Platters who had just been seen in "Rock Around The Clock"! Clearly neither the producer nor the studios expected the craze for rock ‘n’ roll to last – so duplicating casts was not seen as particularly worrying.

It was very early days in the rock ‘n’ roll movie world and this is one of the movies that inspired all the hundreds of look-alike, sound-alike, plot-alike jukebox musicals that followed. All the "That-evil-rock-and-roll-will-corrupt-our-kids-we-have-to-stamp-it-out" clichés started here!

Interestingly the working titles for the film included "Hi Fi" and "Rhythm and Blues." The studio marketing department wasted no time in exploiting the controversy generated by the new teenage rage. The campaign promised movie-goers "The Real Story Behind The World-Wide Rock 'N Roll Headlines!"

The evening will feature a Q&A with all 5 surviving members of The Comets – and Mrs. Bill "Cuppy" Haley (married to Bill Haley 1952-1960).

 

 

Friday, July 8 – 7:30 PM

John Phillip Law Double-Feature -- Ultra-Rare 35 mm. Print!!

DANGER: DIABOLIK, 1967, Paramount, 100 min. Dir. Mario Bava. "Diabolik – out for all he can take, seduce or get away with …!" Is there a groovier 60’s flick than this??! From sexy, cat-suited super-thief John Phillip Law to gorgeous gal-pal Marisa Mell, to Ennio Morricone’s psychedelic paradise of a score (including "Deep Deep Down," one of the greatest spy-themes ever) … this is as Mod as it gets, baby!! It’s been nearly 10 years since a 35 mm. print of this was screened in L.A. (we know – we showed it last time!), so don’t miss this rarer-than-rare showing!!

BARBARELLA, 1968, Paramount, 98 min. Jane Fonda, the final word in comic-strip space heroines, trips the light fantastic in director Roger Vadim's delightfully whacked-out romp in the 41st century, an acid-trip lightshow of a universe populated by blind birdman John Phillip Law, one-eyed dominatrix Anita Pallenberg (Keith Richards' one-time girlfriend!) and galaxy dictator Duran Duran (Milo O'Shea) and his orgasm machine. Ultra-groovy soft-psych soundtrack by Bob Crewe and the Glitterhouse. With David Hemmings, Marcel Marceau – to be confirmed.

An Egyptian Exclusive!

 

Saturday, July 9 – 4:30 PM

To celebrate the glorious 60's-themed movies in the "Mods & Rockers Film Festival" there will be a free concert in the courtyard of the Egyptian Theater open to all the public - by one of Hollywood's top 60's revival bands - The Gear. The fourpiece band specializes in playing the best songs by top British Invasion artists of the 60's including songs by The Beatles, Stones, Animals, Dave Clark Five, Herman's Hermits and many more. The concert is free, but only members may attend the mixer listed below.

Members May Join Us For An American Cinematheque Members Only "FilmMingler" In Honor of Ringo Starr's 65th Birthday with Beatles scholar Martin Lewis!

All members who purchase tickets to tonight's program (7/9) are invited to attend this free reception with one guest. Mix and mingle with fellow members, chat up Martin about your fave Beatles movie, or just enjoy drinks before the movies!! Reception begins at 4:30 PM.

RSVP to members@americancinematheque.com

 

 

Saturday, July 9 – 6:00 PM

Special Screening – Celebrating Ringo Starr’s 65th Birthday!!

A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, 1964, Miramax, 85 min. Director Richard Lester's brilliant, carefree comedy set the tone for the rest of the 1960's and captured The Beatles at their best, clowning (as one respected reviewer said) like the new Marx Bros. From Lester's restless, handheld camerawork to writer Alun Owen's surreal day-in-the-life script and George Martin's sprightly score (both Oscar-nominated) to the Beatles themselves - exuberantly singing "Can't Buy Me Love," "She Loves You" and ten other Beatles classics -- this is the essence of the Sixties.

Preceded by the short: "Things They Said Today..." 2002, Miramax, 35 min. A documentary on the making of the classic film. Directed by Beatles scholar (and Mods & Rockers Fest producer!) Martin Lewis, who also produced the film’s DVD edition.

>> Also screening at the Aero on July 8.

 

 

Saturday, July 9 – 8:45 PM

"Golden Girl" Shirley Eaton Double Feature:

GOLDFINGER, 1964, MGM/UA, 111 min. Dir. Guy Hamilton. "Do you expect me to talk, Goldfinger?" "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die …" cackles homicidal villain Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe), as he prepares to re-arrange 007’s secret equipment with a laser beam, in what is widely considered to be the best of the classic Sean Connery Bond pictures and high point in 60’s pop culture (dig the Aston Martin! the Shirley Bassey-sung theme song!) Co-starring the saucy Honor Blackman as Bond’s nemesis-turned-partner Pussy Galore, with Shirley Eaton as the gold-painted girl, Harold Sakata as mute assassin Oddjob, and the venerable home office team of Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell and Desmond Llewelyn. Terrific production design by series veteran Ken Adam. The film’s mod zeitgeist credentials are underscored by Bond’s priceless observation: "Drinking Dom Perignon ’53 above a temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit? That’s as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs …"

>> Also screening at the Aero on July 10.

THE MILLION EYES OF SUMURU, 1967, MGM/UA, 95 min. Dir. Lindsay Shonteff. In answer to the ultimate trivia question – What movie stars both Frankie Avalon and Klaus Kinski? – it’s THE MILLION EYES OF SUMURU!! Golden girl Shirley Eaton plays the diabolical leader of a worldwide Amazon sect intent on ending the world’s male domination. Loosely based on Fu Manchu-creator Sax Rohmer’s Sumuru character, this is an amusing example of 1960’s pulpy pop culture at its most bizarre. Beehive hairdos, beautiful wicked women in skintight costumes, clueless secret agents and exotic locales (it was filmed largely at the Shaw Bros. Hong Kong studio) punctuate this campy, Saturday matinee-style thriller.

An Egyptian Exclusive!

 

Sunday, July 10 – 5:00 PM

Double Feature:

THE LOVED ONE, 1965, MGM (Warners), 121 min. The movie with something to offend everyone! Judged unfilmable for over a decade (Luis Buñuel was trying to set it up for years), writer Evelyn Waugh’s spot-on satire of Southern California - specifically the funeral business – was finally brought to the screen in the mid-Sixties by director Tony Richardson (TOM JONES) with a screenplay by Terry Southern (CANDY, EASY RIDER) and Christopher Isherwood (!). Robert Morse, a British youth visiting his uncle (John Gielgud) in Los Angeles encounters the weird world of tinseltown’s mortuary subculture, embodied by twins Henry and Reverend Wilbur Glenworthy (Jonathan Winters in a dual role), embalmer Mr. Joyboy (Rod Steiger) and his beautiful apprentice, Aimee Thanatogenous (Anjanette Comer). Marketed as "the motion picture with something to offend everyone!", this is an achingly funny pitch black comedy that could only have been released in the anything-goes era of the 1960s. With Liberace, Paul Williams, Dana Andrews.

LORD LOVE A DUCK, 1966, MGM/UA, 104 min. Dir. George Axelrod. Roddy McDowall, an overgrown teenage outcast, becomes fast friends and protector of cheerleader Tuesday Weld in one of the funniest and most underrated sixties black comedies. 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. Belly-laughs galore, and so many bizarre touches one wonders how director Axelrod ever convinced a major studio to let him get away with this much on-target brilliance!! Be sure to listen for legendary "Batman" composer Neil Hefti’s super-swinging score, with an astounding theme song by The Wild Ones - !

An Egyptian Exclusive!

 

Thursday, July 14 – 7:30 PM

Mondo-A-Go-Go 60’s Rarities!!

New 35 mm. Print! ANGEL, ANGEL, DOWN WE GO (a.k.a. CULT OF THE DAMNED), 1969, MGM/UA, 103 min. Robert Thom (writer of WILD IN THE STREETS) scripted and directed this jawdropping hymn to purple prose and psychedelic nihilism. Washed-up star Astrid (Jennifer Jones), her jaded millionaire spouse (Charles Aidman) and their searching-for-meaning daughter (Holly Near) all have the misfortune to meet Machiavellian popstar, Bogart Peter Stuyvesant (Jordan Christopher) who worms his way into the household with his band, The Rabbit Habit (!) in tow. While occasionally belting out catchy songs by Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil (more WILD IN THE STREETS alumni), and with the help of plenty of LSD, he alternately charms and intimidates everyone in this dysfunctional family. Imagine a remake of Pasolini's TEOREMA done in the American International, drive-in mindset, and you’ll get some idea of what to expect. An absurdly tasteless vision of the evil flipside of the late 1960’s counterculture. Be sure to look for Roddy McDowall and Lou Rawls in Jordan Christopher’s spaced-out entourage! NOT ON VIDEO!

MARYJANE, 1968, MGM/UA, 104 min. Director Maury Dexter (THE MINI-SKIRT MOB) takes on the pot problem with Fabian (can you dig it??) as a hip high school teacher trying to investigate campus marijuana use. Caught between uptight faculty and distrustful kids, he’s framed for possession and is soon jumping through hoops to not only clear his name but also help troubled youth Jerry (Michael Margotta) before the ruthless teen drug dealers can get the upper hand. Although a little dated, a surprisingly credible B picture looking at the mushrooming use of grass in 1960’s Southern California high schools. With Diane McBain, Kevin Coughlin and a teenage Patty McCormack (THE BAD SEED). [Please note that this, the only surviving print of MARYJANE, is faded.] NOT ON VIDEO!

Actress Patty McCormack (MARY JANE) will introduce MARY JANE right before the screening.

An Egyptian Exclusive!

 

Friday, July 15 – 7:30 PM

WOODSTOCK (The Director’s Cut), 1970, Warner Bros., 228 min. Dir. Michael Wadleigh. In THE OMEGA MAN, it’s no wonder that Charlton Heston, sole survivor of the human race, spends his days endlessly watching WOODSTOCK, the ultimate time capsule of the Love Generation. If any film captured the heady idealism, the free-form partying, drug-taking and love-making, and above all, the great music of the late 1960’s, this is it. The Who, Crosby Stills & Nash, Sly & The Family Stone, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, Carlos Santana – need we say more? We’ll be screening the much-extended Director’s Cut of the film, featuring many songs and performers not included in the original release version.

An Egyptian Exclusive!

 

 

Saturday, July 16 – 7:30 PM

Jacqueline Susann Night – New 35 mm. Prints!!

VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, 1967, 20th Century Fox, 123 min. Dir. Mark Robson. "You know it’s bad to take liquor with those pills," warns small-town-girl turned super-model Anne (Barbara Parkins) to Broadway diva/train wreck Neely (Patty Duke). Neely’s answer: "They work faster." If you want to see the great, bitchy, booze/angst/sex/drugs-fueled godmother to "Desperate Housewives" – you’ve come to the right place!! Based on author Jacqueline Susann’s runaway best-seller – which practically created a cottage industry in glossy, sex-drenched soap operas on page and screen – VALLEY also co-stars the tragically beautiful Sharon Tate as B-movie queen Jennifer. Our enormous thanks to our friends at 20th Century Fox for striking a new print of this 60’s classic!!

THE LOVE MACHINE, 1971, Columbia, 108 min. Dir. Jack Haley Jr. Mind-numbingly entertaining, guilty-pleasure fun and another unapologetically trashy ride from the pen of author Jacqueline Susann. John Phillip Law is Robin Stone, an unscrupulous TV executive who will figuratively and literally screw anyone he has to in order to rise to the top. He becomes entangled in liaisons with various beauties, and has to contend with Dyan Cannon, Jody Wexler and petulant gay photographer, Jerry Nelson (a memorable performance by David Hemmings), as he realizes his ambitions. But the precarious balancing act soon causes his ego-driven empire to begin to crumble. With a supporting cast that includes Robert Ryan, Jackie Cooper. Dionne Warwick sings the opening theme "He’s Moving On." NOT ON VIDEO!

>>THE LOVE MACHINE is An Egyptian Exclusive!

 

Sunday, July 17 – 5:00 PM

Double Feature:

PETULIA, 1968, Warner Bros., 105 min. Dir. Richard Lester. Truly one of the great overlooked films of the late 60’s, PETULIA stars George C. Scott as a middle-aged physician who finds himself drawn into the mad, idealistic and desperately sad whirlwind life of unhappily married Julie Christie at the height of San Francisco’s Summer of Love. Beautifully photographed by the great Nicolas Roeg, and featuring brief, ultra-rare appearances in their prime by Janis Joplin (with Big Brother & The Holding Company) and The Grateful Dead, PETULIA captures both the sunshine optimism of the 60’s and the melancholy afterglow soon to come when the Summer of Love faded away … Introduction to the screening by producer Ray Wagner.

Uncut Full-Length Version!! CAN HIERONYMUS MERKIN EVER FORGET MERCY HUMPPE AND FIND TRUE HAPPINESS?, 1969, Universal, 107 min. It’s hard to believe, but this movie merkin.jpg (34004 bytes)actually exists! In the late-1960’s, Anthony Newley was on a seemingly unstoppable roll as an actor (SWEET NOVEMBER, DR. DOLITTLE) and composer (WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, STOP THE WORLD I WANT TO GET OFF) – and HIERONYMUS MERKIN was meant to be his magnum opus, his answer to Fellini’s 8-1/2. And it is – sort of. Newley (who also directed and wrote the script) stars as a man watching a film of his own life unspool before his eyes. Joan Collins (who was Newley’s wife at the time) co-stars as a temptress named (are you ready for this?) "Polyester Poontang," with comic great Milton Berle 5053_00030web.jpg (33345 bytes)as the Mephistopheles-like "Goodtime Eddie Filth" who leads poor Hieronymus astray time after time. Will he ever recapture the bliss of his lost love, Mercy Humppe? Come and find out for yourself …!! [Note: we’ll be screening the uncut version of the film, which was Rated "X" on original release. No One Under 17 Will Be Admitted to this Screening.] NOT ON VIDEO!

Introduction to HIERONYMOUS MERKIN by actress Joyce Blair (her brother Lionel Blair choreographed this film as well as A HARD DAY'S NIGHT). Moderated by Martin Lewis.

Celebrate the end of a great Mods & Rockers Festival at the Knitting Factory after HIRONYMOUS MERKIN.

An Egyptian Exclusive!