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Films in this series will also play at the Egyptian Theatre July 13 - August 17!
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Mod-der and Rock-ier than ever!
We started this festival in 1999 a throwaway, last-ditch
clutching of 1960s straws as the bright new millennium threatened to render all vestiges
of mid-20th century culture obsolete. Seven years on and the festival is now a
thriving, eagerly-awaited annual celebration of the exuberant optimism of that halcyon era
and is especially beloved by those not yet born in that era. Its less about
nostalgia and more about reinvigorating our "now" with inspiration from
"then." This years festival is even bigger (more movies & events),
longer (spanning July and August) and definitely more uncut - as it expands to include
celebrations of Fifties and Seventies pop culture alongside its swingin' Sixties heart.
And a new strand saluting films of recent years that capture the SPIRIT of Mods &
Rockers including a few that slipped through the cracks on first release.
Highlights in the July half of the festival at the Egyptian include
kitsch 60s counter-culture flix such as THE TRIP and WILD IN THE STREETS
rubbing paisley shoulders with classics such as BEDAZZLED and THE KNACK;
rarities including THE BED SITTING ROOM, PRIVILEGE, DUFFY, A MAN COULD GET
KILLED, KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM DIE, and THREE IN THE ATTIC, and spiritual
heirs to the genre, STILL CRAZY and THE COMMITMENTS. And at the Aero such
gems as PERFORMANCE, BARBARELLA, DANGER: DIABOLIK and A HARD DAYS NIGHT!
This year's live events include a wild Tiki party at the Egyptian
that will bring sixties-style South Seas revelry to Hollywood - and a series of
free-admission spoken-word comedy performances about "sixties", drugs and rock
n roll! The festival continues next month with celluloid salutes to Elvis
Presley and surf n sex teen culture.
Our newly-expanded Mods & Rockers Film Festival continues into
the middle of August at the Egyptian (and till the end of August at the Aero Theatre in
Santa Monica). Just like the pop film genre and the rock culture that inspired its
creation in 1999, the Mods & Rockers festival has reinvented itself this year
and now embraces a wider range of films and a fuller definition of its title. Our festival
is a celebration of the entire rock n roll film culture and the fresh
attitudes that emerged from rocks primeval beginnings in 1956 all the way to
the present day. It is now about the spirit of the film and accompanying music
rather than just the era in which the film was made or the time-period depicted on
the screen. It rocks therefore it is
The festivals August selections
draw on its 1960s roots in presenting a series of surf movies, including THE
GIRLS ON THE BEACH (with The Beach Boys), a tribute to Lou Adler (with his ultra-rare LADIES
AND GENTLEMEN, THE FABULOUS STAINS) and also offers a week-long celluloid
salute to Elvis Presley (with such gems as JAILHOUSE ROCK, KING CREOLE, VIVA LAS VEGAS
and offbeat Elvis documentaries). From 1956s LOVE ME TENDER to 2006s
brand-spanking new documentary about The Police, EVERYONE STARES with the
ultra-rare Frank Zappa movie, BABY SNAKES, to cap the season Mods &
Rockers is reborn! Celebrating 50 Years Of Movies That Rock
FULL FESTIVAL DETAILS: www.ModsAndRockers.com
Friday, July 14 - 7:30 PM
PERFORMANCE, 1970, Warner Bros., 105
min. Dirs. Nicolas Roeg & Donald Cammell. Perhaps the wildest, most deeply
layered psychedelic movie ever made -- gangster James Fox goes on the lam, hiding
out in reclusive pop-star Mick Jaggers decaying townhouse in the hippie
London ghetto. Jagger and polysexual girlfriend Anita Pallenberg put Fox through
his paces with mind games and large doses of psylocibin mushrooms -- all climaxing in the
mind-blowing "Memo For Turner" production number. Brutal beatings, sexual
identity crises and prodigious drug-taking is punctuated by one of Jack Nitzsches
best scores (highlighted by Ry Cooders incredible bottleneck guitar work). NOT ON DVD!
Saturday, July 15 - 7:30 PM
A HARD DAYS NIGHT,
1964, Miramax, 85 min. Director Richard Lesters brilliant, carefree comedy
set the tone for the rest of the 1960s, and captured the Beatles at their
best, clowning (as one respected reviewer said) like the musical Marx Bros. From
Lesters restless, handheld camerawork to writer Alun Owens surreal
Day-in-the-Life script, to the Beatles themselves -- exuberantly singing "Cant
Buy Me Love," "If I Fell" and many others, -- this is the essence of the
Sunday, July 16 - 7:30 PM
John Phillip Law Double Feature:
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
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 60s flick than this surreal Euro thriller
based on the popular Italian comic strip anti-hero??! From sexy, cat-suited super-thief John
Phillip Law to gorgeous gal-pal Marisa Mell, to Ennio Morricones
psychedelic paradise of a score (including "Deep Deep Down," one of the greatest
this is as Mod as it gets, baby!!
Wednesday, July 19 - 7:30 PM
PRIVILEGE, 1967, Universal, 101 min.
From Peter Watkins, director of THE WAR GAME and PUNISHMENT PARK, an uncannily
prescient and hypnotically sinister look at the media-controlled future -- where pretty
young pop-star Paul Jones (former lead singer for Manfred Mann) is manipulated by
Church and State to influence his legions of adoring fans. Sixties supermodel/icon Jean
Shrimpton (in her only major film role) plays Jones disillusioned girlfriend,
who finally convinces him to rebel against the forces controlling their lives. NOT ON DVD! Also playing
at The Egyptian, July 15.
Wednesday, August 2 - 7:30 PM
Ultra-Rare Screening! THE PIED PIPER,
1972, Paramount, 90 min. This rarely-screened cult, pop musical from French new wave
director Jacques Demy (THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG) is not a childrens film,
but a dark fairy tale about science, religion, disease and classicism. Pop singer Donavan
delivers as the pied piper hired by a baron Donald Pleasence to rid the town of
rats in a truthful depiction of the medieval era. Features an unforgettable banquet scene.
Also stars Jack Wild and John Hurt. "Come children of the universe,
let Donovan take you away, far far away."
Saturday, August 19 - 7:30 PM
Surf And Sand Double Feature:
BEACH PARTY, 1963, MGM Repertory, 101 min. Dir. William
Asher. The film responsible (some might say "guilty") of starting the whole
beach movie cycle had this bizarre tagline: "The perfect summer when the urge
meets the surge!" We suppose they meant the ocean waves as "the surge",
but whatever could they have meant by "the urge"? Answering that question are
hot-to-trot sand-and-surf-loving teens, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, John Ashley,
Jody McCrea. Reluctantly saddled with chaperoning the lovable kids are traumatized
grown-ups Bob Cummings, Dorothy Malone and Morey Amsterdam ("The Dick
Van Dyke Show"). With Harvey Lembeck in his first appearance as madman biker,
Eric Von Zipper. Dick Dale and The Del Tones supply the music! >> Also
showing at the Egyptian Theatre, August 5.
THE GIRLS ON THE BEACH, 1965, Paramount, 80 min.
Dir. William Witney. "The jet action surf-set hits the beaches and captures
a love-load of bikini beauties!" The girls from Alpha Beta need to raise a
staggering amount to save their sorority house, so they plan a beauty contest and other
fundraising activities. When three guys appear claiming to know The Beatles, the girls
decide a benefit concert with the moptops would be the best bet at saving their sinking
fortunes. Little do they know these bragging boys are full of hot air. Who will step in to
save the day? Why, The Beach Boys (singing "Little Honda" and
"Lonely Sea"), Leslie Gore and the post-Buddy Holly Crickets.
Starring Martin West (LORD LOVE-A-DUCK), Noreen Corcoran, Ahna Capri
(PAYDAY), Mary Mitchel (SPIDER BABY, DEMENTIA 13), Lana Wood (Natalies
sister) and Dick Miller as a grouchy bartender! NOT ON
DVD! >> Also showing at the Egyptian Theatre, August 5.
Sunday, August 20 - 7:30 PM
Elvis Double Feature:
VIVA LAS VEGAS, 1964, Warner Bros, 84 min. George
Sidney (PAL JOEY, BYE BYE BIRDIE) directs what is certifiably one of
Elvis better middle-period pictures. A great deal of the credit for its
exhilirating verve can also be laid at the feet of fiery leading lady, Ann-Margret,
who is more than up to the challenge of going head-to-head with The King. Elvis
arrives in Vegas trying to get his car ready for The Las Vegas Grand Prix. In the
meantime, he does some courting of his distinctly hard-to-get co-star. Formula and fluff
are the order of the day, but whenever these two are together, you dont mind. They
are that good as a pair, especially at the knock-out finale where they perform the title
tune, Elvis singing and Ann-Margret shimmying for all shes worth. The closest Elvis
got to really rockin in mid-sixties cinema. Elvis also sings Ray Charles
"Whatd I Say," "Come On Everybody" and more. Ann-Margret smokes
on the smoldering "Appreciation." >> Also showing at the Egyptian
Theatre, August 16.
KING CREOLE, 1958, Paramount, 116 min. Director Michael
Curtiz (CASABLANCA) directs yet one more of The Kings better films. Although the
studio and The Colonel toned things down a bit, this adaptation of Harold Robbins
bestseller A Stone For Danny Fisher remains surprisingly good. Young New Orleans
punk and high school dropout, Danny (Elvis) quits his busboy job and wrangles his
way into performing a song in front of duly-stunned patrons. Before long, he is in demand
and being pressured by mobster club owner, Maxie Fields (Walter Matthau) to sign an
exclusive contract. Elvis once again receives grand support from such pros as Carolyn
Jones, Dolores Hart (his leading lady in LOVING YOU and a future real-life nun!), Dean
Jagger, Vic Morrow and Paul Stewart. Songs include the title ditty as well as
"Hard Headed Woman," "Trouble" and more! >> Also showing at
the Egyptian Theatre, August 12.
MODS AND ROCKERS PRESENTS - A CELEBRATION OF ROCK DOCUMENTARIES
From the 1960s through the present, a prodigious, steady stream of documentaries
dedicated to all things rock has flowed into the public eye and ear. Pioneering,
award-winning efforts such as D. A. Pennebakers chronicle of Bob Dylans
mid-sixties British tour, DONT LOOK BACK and his record of the Monterey Pop
and Jazz Festival, MONTEREY POP, set the bar pretty darn high. Were excited
to present these two masterpieces as well as the Maysles Brothers GIMME SHELTER,
Frank Zappas long-out-of-circulation BABY SNAKES (!), Martin Scorseses
acclaimed PBS Dylan documentary, NO DIRECTION HOME, Jim Browns solid gold
glimpse at folk combo, The Weavers, ISNT THIS TIME? and, last but not least,
an essential staple in any rock-lovers diet, the extended directors cut
version of Michael Wadleighs WOODSTOCK.
Wednesday, August 23 - 7:30 PM
Los Angeles Premiere! Salute To Harry Nilsson!
WHO IS HARRY NILSSON (And Why Is Everybody
Talkin About Him?), 2006, LSL Productions, 118 min. Dir. John Scheinfeld.
This brand-new documentary by the team behind the award-winning Brian Wilson film
BEAUTIFUL DREAMER and the forthcoming THE U.S. VS. JOHN LENNON is a portrait of the
enigmatic and beloved singer-songwriter, the late Harry Nilsson - who the Beatles once
proclaimed as their "favorite group." The film traces Nilssons rise and
his turbulent life seen through the perspective of his many illustrious friends
including Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight,
Brian Wilson, Randy Newman, Richard Perry and Robin Williams. Nilsson hits,
unreleased recordings, home movies, archival footage and rare performance clips are
combined to deftly answer the question posed in the title - with humor, heart and tender
poignancy. Discussion following with filmmakers John
Scheinfeld and David Leaf and several of Nilssons celebrated pals.
Thursday, August 24 - 7:30 PM
Brand New Print! DONT LOOK BACK, 1967, Pennebaker Hegedus
Films, 96 min. The young Bob Dylan -- scathingly brilliant, arrogant, rude, witty -
is followed by doc filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker on his triumphant concert tour of
England in 1965, accompanied by legendary manager, Albert Grossman, folk singer Joan
Baez, various groupies, journalists and hangers-on in a no-holds-barred, thrilling,
landmark of a documentary. With Donovan, John Mayall, Alan Price, Allen Ginsburg,
Marianne Faithfull, Bobby Neuwirth.
Friday, August 25 - 7:30 PM
MONTEREY POP, 1968, Pennebaker Hegedus Films, 78
min. Dir. D.A. Pennebaker. Widely considered the high-water mark of the 1960s
West Coast music scene, the Monterey Pop Festival was the brainchild of the Mamas &
Papas John Phillips and Michelle Phillips and producer Lou Adler, and featured
stunning performances by Jefferson Airplane, the Who, Simon & Garfunkel, Otis
Redding, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Country Joe & The Fish and Ravi Shankar.
Standout moments: Jimi Hendrixs epochal "Wild Thing," and Janis
Joplins take-no-prisoners "Ball & Chain." The 1969 Woodstock
Festival and subsequent movie were directly inspired by this pioneering event and its
groundbreaking film - both now belatedly enjoying their rightful places in rock history.
GIMME SHELTER, 1971, Janus Films, 91 min.
Dir. Albert and David Maysles. What was conceived initially as just a Rolling
Stones concert film became, by unhappy circumstance, a riveting eyewitness document of
the Day The Music Died (again.). It captured on celluloid the ugly events that transpired
when the Prague Spring of the free-love sixties crashed into the ugly,
unreconstructed reality that lay beneath the surface. The Rolling Stones free
concert at the Altamont Speedway in December 1969 was the Dionysian downer that sneered
at, and ultimately destroyed, the Apollonian highs of 1967s Monterey Festival and
the 3-day love-fest held at Woodstock just 5 months prior to Altamont - in July of 1969.
It was the wake-up call that told the hippie generation that their Dream was over. An
astonishing insight into a tragic turning point in the burgeoning counter-culture. It was
the baby-boomers own "JFK" moment and the Maysles film is the
Zapruder footage of that tragedy. Amidst the searing footage is a classic performance by
the Stones at their most dangerous and Jagger at his most demonic. "No angel born
in hell - could break that Satan's spell
" Also including performances by The
Jefferson Airplane and The Flying Burrito Brothers.
Saturday, August 26 - 7:30 PM
WOODSTOCK (The Directors Cut), 1970, Warner Bros.,
228 min. Dir. Michael Wadleigh. In THE OMEGA MAN, its 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
1960s, this is it. The Who, Crosby Stills & Nash, Sly & The Family Stone,
Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, Carlos Santana - need we say more? Well be
screening the much-extended Directors Cut of the film, featuring many songs and
performers not included in the original release version.
Sunday, August 27 - 7:30 PM
Los Angeles Theatrical Premiere! NO DIRECTION HOME: BOB DYLAN, 2005,
Paramount Home Video, 201 min. Do not miss the first Los Angeles theatrical screening of
NO DIRECTION HOME, Martin Scorceses captivating portrait of the
protean Bob Dylans transformation from self-described Woody Guthrie
"jukebox" to anthem-penning protest singer to fiercely independent, surrealist
rock and roll star at the center of a musical and pop cultural revolution. The
200-plus-minute documentary is rich with little-seen and unseen footage of Dylan in his
salad days, 1961 to 1966, including the historic 66 acoustic/electric U.K tour that
crowned this period of unbridled and explosive creativity. Little pleasures abound,
including a strange, wonderful scene of Dylan on a deserted British street corner one
morning improvising off the odd wording on a shop window sign; the moment offers a glimpse
into his Joycean linguistic genius. Also delightful are recent interviews with Joan
Baez (her Dylan impression will make you laugh out loud) and the man himself (he gives
the camera a coy remark and a Mona Lisa smile when a question touches on his love life).
In addition to classic concert footage, Scorsese was able to access previously unseen film
from the Dylan archives, including press conferences and recording sessions. He also uses
interviews with Dylan's friends, ex-friends and fellow artists to provide a portrait as
enlightening, eccentric, contradictory, and ultimately irreducible as its subject.
Wednesday, August 30 - 7:30 PM
Los Angeles Premiere! ISNT THIS TIME! A TRIBUTE CONCERT TO HAROLD
LEVENTHAL, 2004, Seventh Arts Releasing, 90 min. In 1981, director Jim Browns
critically acclaimed documentary WASNT THAT A TIME took a winsome look at the
seemingly last reunion of the legendary folk group The Weavers revealing how
their authentic roots music and fearless social activism changed American culture. Nearly
two decades later, The Weavers are suddenly and surprisingly back on film now well
into their 70s and 80s, yet as outspoken and inspirational as ever. This time
its to take part in an extraordinary evening at Carnegie Hall organized by Arlo
Guthrie, and featuring many of folk musics leading lights, to honor an unsung
American hero: music impresario Harold Leventhal, without whom The Weavers and many
other icons of folk and protest would never have emerged into the mainstream. Jim Brown is
back, too, capturing the nights unexpected performances. Brown also forges a new
story from this magical evening of music: that of a deeply united, multi-generational
family of artists who have stuck together through tumultuous times never stymied by
hardship, censorship or even generation gaps -- to bring songs of simple and powerful
humanity to the world. The result is an intoxicating, heart-stirring brew of American
history, political chronicles and powerful music. "We never would have thought in
our wildest imaginations that we would make another film with The Weavers after
WASNT THAT A TIME, but when we heard that this concert was happening, it was just
too phenomenal to let it pass unrecorded... I saw this as one last incredible gathering of
people who really stood for something and forged a legacy of using music to achieve
positive change and that is something that deserved to be captured." - Jim
Thursday, August 31 - 7:30 PM
Ultra-Rare Screening: Frank Zappas Original
Directors Cut Of His Lost Masterpiece From 1979!
Only Surviving 35mm Print!
BABY SNAKES, 1979, Intercontinental Absurdities, 164 min.
Dir. Frank Zappa. In 1977, Frank Zappa gave a major concert in New York that gave
full rein to the astonishing range of his talents. As a composer, musician, band-leader,
conductor, satirist and ringmaster. Orchestrating the band, the event and the audience
the concert was a triumphant celebration of the breadth of his uniquely
idiosyncratic vision. Zappa filmed the concert and spent the next two years editing,
polishing and adding sequences to the film including ground-breaking claymation. As usual,
Zappa was far ahead of his time and the film did not enjoy wide distribution on
release. Frank Zappas widow Gail is currently restoring the entire Zappa film and
video archive and this screening is just a flavor of what is planned for a full-scale
Zappa film retrospective in next years Mods & Rockers Festival. Discussion with Gail Zappa following the screening.