|Mods & Rockers: The Return
of Groovy Movies From The Shagadelic 60's!
This series is also at the Egyptian
July 5 - 17, 2005.
"Are you a Mod or a Rocker?" a female reporter
quizzed Beatle Ringo Starr in A HARD DAYS NIGHT. His famous response "Im
a Mocker" neatly summed up the cocky, carefree spirit of the 1960s,
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 Annual Mods & Rockers Film
Festival is back in all its day-glo glory for its 6th edition!! This
years Fest features a three-film mini-tribute to one of the mod-est actors of the
60s, John Phillip Law, kicking off with Mario Bavas irresistible DANGER:
DIABOLIK in an ultra-rare 35 mm. print, and continuing with screenings of the sci-fi
classic BARBARELLA and THE LOVE MACHINE (which also shows as part of our
tribute to author Jacqueline Susann, along with a brand-new print of THE VALLEY
OF THE DOLLS.) Other highlights include a special "Ringos 65th
Birthday" screening of perhaps the single greatest Mods & Rockers movie, A
HARD DAYS NIGHT starring The Beatles, plus the James Bond/007 classic GOLDFINGER,
the Directors Cut of the landmark concert doc WOODSTOCK, and a bevy of groovy
60s nuggets that havent seen a projector in many years, including THE
MILLION EYES OF SUMURU, ANGEL ANGEL DOWN WE GO and the wonderfully-titled Anthony
Newley magnum opus CAN HIERONYMUS MERKIN EVER FORGET MERCY HUMPPE AND FIND TRUE
Friday, July 8 7:30 PM
Special Screening Celebrating Ringo
Starrs 65th Birthday!!
A HARD DAYS 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.
>> Also screening at the Egyptian on July 9.
Saturday, July 9 6:00 PM
New 35 mm. Print! VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, 1967, 20th Century
Fox, 123 min. Dir. Mark Robson. "You know its 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). Neelys answer: "They
work faster." If you want to see the great, bitchy, booze/angst/sex/drugs-fueled
godmother to "Desperate Housewives" youve come to the right place!!
Based on author Jacqueline Susanns 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 60s classic!! >> Also screening at the
Egyptian on July 16.
BLOW UP, 1966, MGM (Warners), 111 min.
Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni. In-demand fashion photographer David Hemmings
shags half the models in London before running into enigmatic beauty Vanessa
Redgrave, who only wants a certain roll of film from him. A riddle within a riddle,
Antonionis most famous film has often been imitated (De Palmas BLOW-OUT,
Greenaways THE DRAUGHTSMANS CONTRACT) but never equaled. Look for a
young Jane Birkin in one of her first film appearances and for The
Yardbirds mimicking the Whos penchant for auto-destruction in the films
frenzied nightclub scene!!
An Aero Exclusive!
Sunday, July 10 6:00 PM
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 007s 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 60s pop culture (dig the Aston Martin! the Shirley Bassey-sung
theme song!) Co-starring the saucy Honor Blackman as Bonds
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
films mod zeitgeist credentials are underscored by Bonds priceless
observation: "Drinking Dom Perignon 53 above a temperature of 38 degrees
Fahrenheit? Thats as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs
>> Also showing at the Egyptian on July 8.