November 14, 2000
WONDERWALL, BRINGS SWINGIN' '60s LONDON TO LOS ANGELES FROM "AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS"/ VITAGRAPH PICTURES '60s Psychadelic Fantasy Film Featuring Soundtrack by Ex-Beatle George Harrison Hollywood, November 20, 2000 Like its present-day counterpart Austin Powers, the head-tripping, surreal madness of Joe Massotıs 1969 film WONDERWALL (1968) celebrates all that was groovy about the '60s. Following its November 24th New York re-release, WONDERWALL opens for midnight screenings in Los Angeles starting December 1st at the Sunset Laemmle 5 (corner of Crescent Heights and Sunset Blvd., 323.848.3500) and at the New Beverly (7165 Beverly Blvd., 323.938-4038) on Dec. 6th & 7th at 7:30 PM on a double bill with BLOW UP (also featuring Jane Birkin). The film is released through "American Cinematheque Presents..."/Vitagraph distribution. WONDERWALL tells the tale of an eccentric scientist (Jack MacGowran) who stumbles upon a secret window into the sex life of gorgeous nymph Jane Birkin. Overflowing with psychedelic flashbacks, dream sequences and plenty of free love, the classic film features a shimmering, sitar-laced instrumental soundtrack by former Beatle George Harrison. The film is directed by Joe Massot who also directed the Led Zeppelin documentary THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME. In addition to the sitar-laced instrumental score by George Harrison, this new print also includes a lost and previously unused "Blue Jay Way"-like theme song which was recently discovered in Harrisonıs vaults. An outrageous journey back to the Age of Altered Consciousness, the screening will also include Joe Massot's short film about Swinging London, REFLECTIONS ON LOVE,as a special bonus for audiences. Another interesting note is that Roman Polanski was originally set to direct this film. This film previously played in the Cinematheque's popular MODS & ROCKERS series in June of 1999 and again in 2000. WONDERWALL is available on tape for PRESS SCREENINGS from Vitagraph Films, 310.390.1916. Art is available by e-mail from Vitagraph. For more information please see: www.egyptiantheatre.com.
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