June 25 - July 4, 1999

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American Cinematheque presents...



The Egyptian's Spielberg Theatre is inaugarated with a Special Live Mod Performance!

Saturday, June 26 - 9:00 PM & Saturday, July 3 - 9:00 PM in the Spielberg Theatre

"Pick of the Week: True wit ... A bloody good time!" -- L.A. WEEKLY.

"A very captivating raconteur" -- LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE.

"Warm, charming and funny as hell" -- NIGHTLIFE MAGAZINE.

"Intelligently funny ..." -- PAPER MAGAZINE (NY).

Live Mockery!!! GREAT EXPLOITATIONS! An Audience With Martin Lewis

Live Show, 75 min. Complementing our MODS + ROCKERS Festival, we’re proud to present two live performances by humorist Martin Lewis of his acclaimed one-man show "Great Exploitations!" -- an autobiographical tale of teenage life in Swingin’ London and beyond ... (His "gospel-true" story includes the claim that, at the age of 14, he kissed his first girl, wrote 4 songs recorded by the Beatles -- and murdered his Latin teacher!) This is the inaugural live event in our new 78-seat Steven Spielberg Theatre. Special

Special Price: $10 general/$7 Cinematheque members.

For more information about this show call 323/654-4244 or for more on the show as well as additional background on the films in this festival, see the website:   www.martinlewis.com


Festival Produced by Martin Lewis, Dennis Bartok, Chris D. and Gwen Deglise.

Special Thanks To: John Kirk/MGM-UA; John Herron and Dominique Brunet/CANAL + IMAGE; Julie Pearce/NATIONAL FILM THEATRE (B.F.I.); Joe Massot; Jan Bilson/20TH CENTURY FOX; Donna Ross/UCLA FILM & TV ARCHIVE; Ed Zeier/UNIVERSAL PICTURES; Walter Shenson; Michael Winner; Linda Evans-Smith/WARNER BROS. CLASSICS; Leslie Fenady/WARNER BROS.; Russ Meyer; Arny Schorr/RHINO HOME VIDEO; Mike Schlesinger/COLUMBIA PICTURES REPERTORY; Bernie Watters/BLUE DOLPHIN FILMS; Anne Goodman/CRITERION PICTURES; Bryan Thomas/DEL-FI RECORDS; Gary Balaban; Bill Lustig/ ANCHOR BAY; Sherman Torgan/NEW BEVERLY THEATER.

All programs are subject to change.


Archive Index






"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. Filmmakers on both sides of the Atlantic rushed to capture this kinetic energy on film -- from young Brits John Boorman (CATCH US IF YOU CAN), Peter Yates (SUMMER HOLIDAY), Michael Winner (THE JOKERS) and Yank-in-exile Richard Lester (HELP!), to psychedelicized Americans Bob Rafelson (HEAD), Russ Meyer (BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS) and Richard Rush (PSYCH-OUT). The decade had its darker side, too -- reflected brilliantly, bleakly in Mod masterpieces like Antonioni’s BLOW-UP and Peter Watkins’ rarely-seen PRIVILEGE.

What all of these films do is remind us of a mad decade that, at its best, revolutionized music, fashion and the arts -- and at its silliest, still put you in the mood for a good shag. And as we struggle to overcome Pre-Millenium Stress -- that’s a ‘Knack’ we could all use...

Friday, June 25 - 7:00 PM

BEDAZZLED, 1967, 20th Century Fox (Criterion), 107 min. Dir. Stanley Donen. BEDAZZLED is the definitive Mod Comedy, filled with leaping lesbian nuns, bottles of Froony Green Eyewash and Raquel Welch as Lillian Lust (the Babe with the Bust). Peter Cook wrote the screenplay and stars as the deliciously hip Devil, merrily ripping the last page out of Agatha Christie novels. Dudley Moore co-stars as the hapless hamburger chef who trades his soul for seven chances to bed the luscious Eleanor Bron. Plus, rare British TV clips of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Eleanor Bron in-person!

 Friday, June 25 - 9:30 PM

Los Angeles Premiere! TONITE LET’S ALL MAKE LOVE IN LONDON, 1967, Blue Dolphin Films, 70 min. Subtitled "A Pop Concerto For Film," director Peter Whitehead’s kaleidoscopic documentary of mid-60’s London features a Who’s Who of the Mod Scene -- including Michael Caine, Vanessa Redgrave (singing songs for Fidel Castro!), Julie Christie, David Hockney, the Rolling Stones and manager Andrew Loog Oldham. Never seen in America (it screened once at the N.Y. Film Festival in 1967), TONITE LET’S ALL MAKE LOVE also features music by Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd and the Small Faces. Plus the short, "Mods & Rockers" 1964, 25 min. Dir. Kenneth Hume. This insanely-rare Mod gem was produced by Troggs/Kinks manager Larry Parnes to cash in on the Beat-music boom -- and features the ornate "Beatles ballet" sequence and an 18-year old Mick Fleetwood with his first band.

Saturday, June 26 - 4:00 PM

Mod Children’s Matinee -- In Super-Marionation CinemaScope!!

THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO! 1968, MGM/UA, 94 min. Dir. David Lane. Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s hit TV-series "Thunderbirds Are Go!" virtually defined the Mod/Sci-Fi look -- with its sleek silver space-craft and cheeky dialogue ("That’s F-A-B!"). This -- the first of two stunning THUNDERBIRDS features shot in WideScreen -- features our heroic puppets blasting off into space, where they collide with marionettes of Cliff Richard & The Shadows singing the hit title song!!

 Saturday, June 26 - 6:00 PM

Producer Walter Shenson In-Person!!

HELP! 1965, 90 min. Dir. Richard Lester. "We were guest stars in our own movie," John Lennon once quipped about HELP! -- an elaborate, hilariously-irreverent color fantasia in which the Beatles go up against Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron (from BEDAZZLED) and their Indian legions of Kali-inspired killers. Featuring some of the boys’ most amazing pop creations (the title song, "You’re Going to Lose That Girl," "Ticket To Ride"), HELP! looks (and sounds) better and better each year. Discussion following with producer Walter Shenson and Eleanor Bron.

Saturday, June 26 - 8:15 PM

U.S. Premiere - Restored Director’s Cut! Director Joe Massot In-Person!!

WONDERWALL, 1969, 94 min. Dir. Joe Massot. Absolutely glorious/meaningless headtripping madness, WONDERWALL is a virtually plotless fantasy about a doddering old professor (Jack MacGowran) who discovers a secret window into the endless sex-life of gorgeous nymph Jane Birkin (Serge Gainsbourg’s main squeeze and co-singer of "Je t’aime moi non plus"-!) Awash in swirling oranges, golds and reds (and featuring a shimmering, sitar-laced score by Beatle George Harrison, plus the film's lost (and previously unused) theme song newly discovered in Harrison's vaults), WONDERWALL is a surreal journey back to the Age of Altered Consciousness -- lap it up. Plus the short "Reflections On Love," 1965, 13 min. Exuberant CinemaScope portrait of Swinging London from WONDERWALL director Joe Massot (who later shot the Led Zeppelin doc THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME). Featuring definitive London "dollybird" Jenny Boyd (sister of Beatle George Harrison's model wife Patti Boyd).  Discussion following with director Joe Massot.

 Sunday, June 27 - 4:00 PM

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, Antonioni’ s most famous film has often been imitated (De Palma’s BLOW-OUT, Greenaway’s DRAUGHTSMAN’S CONTRACT) -- but never equaled. (Music-buffs -- watch for the scene where Hemmings fights to grab a piece of Yardbird Jeff Beck’s smashed guitar at an out-of-control gig.)

Sunday, June 27 - 6:30 PM

Double-Feature!! THE JOKERS, 1967, Universal, 94 min. Director Michael Winner’s dazzling (but rarely-screened) satire of Young London, features Michael Crawford (pre-Phantom of the Opera) and Oliver Reed as a pair of rich, freewheeling brothers making the rounds of posh parties. Their anarchic spirit gets the better of them -- and a string of increasingly elaborate pranks results in their making off with the Crown Jewels.

PRIVILEGE, 1967, Universal, 101 min. From Peter Watkins, director of THE WAR GAME, PRIVILEGE is a hypnotic, sinister look at the media-controlled future -- where pretty young pop-star Paul Jones (once 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.

Thursday, July 1 - 7:00 PM

PERFORMANCE, 1970 Warner Bros., 105 min. Dir. 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 Jagger’s decaying townhouse in the hippie London ghetto. Jagger and poly-sexual pal 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 Nitzsche’s best scores (highlighted by Ry Cooder’s incredible bottleneck guitar work).



Thursday, July 1 - 9:15 PM

A.I.P. Freak-Out Double-Feature!

PSYCH-OUT 1968, AIP (MGM/UA), 82 min. Exploitation action-expert Richard Rush (HELL’S ANGELS ON WHEELS, THE STUNTMAN) delved into the psychedelic scene here, as deaf runaway Susan Strasberg hitches to San Francisco to find missing psycho-sibling Bruce Dern. She’s taken under the wing of well-meaning longhair musician Jack Nicholson -- who gives her a guided tour of the Haight-Ashbury scene in the Summer of Love. With music by The Seeds and Strawberry Alarm Clock. Director Richard Rush in-person!

RIOT ON SUNSET STRIP, 1967, AIP (MGM/UA), 85 min. Dir. Arthur Dreifuss. L.A. bad-girl Mimsy Farmer gets involved with a gang of drugged-out hippie scum -- much to the annoyance of her policeman father Aldo Ray! Inspired by the real-life Sunset Strip riots, this is A.I.P. at its pulp-filled, headline-grabbing best -- with a rocket-fueled soundtrack by local garage kings The Standells-!!

 Friday, July 2 - 7:00 PM

Director Russ Meyer in Person!!

BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS 1970, 20th Century Fox, 109 min. Dir. Russ Meyer. Girl-group madness from the director of FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL! Dolly Reed, Marcia McBroom and the incredibly foxy Cynthia Myers journey from hicksville to Hollywood, hoping to make it with their rock trio The Carrie Nations. They fall prey to the "business" as well as their own inflated ambitions -- in what is arguably Meyer’s most purely entertaining, pop-culture sex-fest (co-written by film critic Roger Ebert.) With additional tunes by The Strawberry Alarm Clock. Discussion following with Russ Meyer.

Friday, July 2 - 9:30 PM

Double-Feature! Brand-New 35 mm. Print!! 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!!

THE KNACK, AND HOW TO GET IT, 1965, MGM/UA, 84 min. A How-to Manual in the art of Swinging Seduction -- from the enormously-talented director of A HARD DAY’S NIGHT and HELP, Richard Lester. Michael Crawford and Ray Brooks star as teacher and student, learning the fine points of pursuing girls -- including TASTE OF HONEY star Rita Tushingham and a young Charlotte Rampling and Jacqueline Bisset. With music by John Barry.

Saturday, July 3 - 4:00 PM

Mickey Dolenz In-Person!!

HEAD, 1968, Rhino Video, 86 min. With Mickey Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, Davy Jones. America’s most successful pop-group The Monkees fractured their cheeky TV-image (and anticipated much of MTV Music Television) with this insane collage of surreal sketches and visual jokes. Co-written by director Bob Rafelson and later FIVE EASY PIECES star Jack Nicholson, HEAD features a mind-blowing gallery of Sixties icons -- including Annette Funicello, Timothy Carey, Sonny Liston and Frank Zappa! Discussion following with actor/musician Mickey Dolenz.

Saturday, July 3 - 6:15 PM

Psychedelic Sexualis!! Only Surviving 35 mm. Print!

THE TOUCHABLES, 1968, 20th Century Fox, 95 min. Absolutely the rarest (and wildest) of Mod Artifacts, THE TOUCHABLES stars Judy Huxtable, Esther Anderson, Marilyn Rickard and Kathy Simmonds as a quartet of Pop-Art princesses who kidnap rock-star Christian (David Anthony) and imprison him in their plastic, see-through Bubble House. Gay wrestler Ricki Starr gets jealous, and tries to (literally) muscle his way into the action. Directed by Beatles-photographer Robert Freeman (who shot the cover for Rubber Soul), and featuring music by long-lost British flower-pop group Nirvana.

Saturday, July 3 - 8:15 PM

U.S. Premiere!! GONKS GO BEAT, 1965, Canal + Image, 92 min. Dir. Robert Hartford-Davis. With Kenneth Connor, Frank Thornton, Barbara Brown. "GONKS GO BEAT is the epitome of Swinging 60’s silliness which, while supposedly being a Science-Fiction Comedy, is really just an excuse for lots of daft jokes made by comedians in bizarre costumes -- interspersed with music numbers from such luminaries as Lulu, The Nashville Teens, The Trolls and The Graham Bond Organization." -- National Film Theatre, B.F.I. Also featuring a pre-Cream Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker.

U.S. Premiere! GHOST GOES GEAR, 1966, Canal + Image/Anchor Bay, 80 min. Dir. Hugh Gladwish. With Nicholas Parsons, Joan Ingram. "A 24-carat piece of 60’s pop trivia, made as a fictional showcase for the popular British blues-soul band The Spencer Davis Group. Following the familiar formula of: "band in wacky situations, mingling with a range of British comic performers," THE GHOST GOES GEAR also throws in the attractions of a stately home spook and the stagings of a pop festival. Not surprisingly, The Spencer Davis Group perform (featuring a very young Steve Winwood in fine vocal form), together with other numbers from the M6, Dave ‘The Crying Game’ Berry and even Acker "Stranger on the Shore" Bilk!" -- National Film Theatre, B.F.I.

 See right side column for July 4th  special event!

 Sunday, July 4 - 12:00 PM

Fourth of July Double-Header!

SUMMER HOLIDAY, 1963, Canal + Image, 107 min. With Ron Moody, David Kossoff. Hard to believe -- but the director of BULLITT, Peter Yates, started his career with this carefree CinemaScope musical starring British pop icons Cliff Richard and The Shadows. Cliff and pals convert a London double-decker bus into a mobile youth hostel and take a test-spin across Europe. Trouble ensues.

HAVING A WILD WEEKEND (aka CATCH US IF YOU CAN), 1965, Warner Bros., 91 min. Hoping to cash in on the success of A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, producer David Deutsch hired first-timer John Boorman (who later directed POINT BLANK and DELIVERANCE) to bang out a quick pop confection starring Britain’s hugely-successful Dave Clark Five. Instead, Boorman delivered this provocative Anti-Pop Film about the pressures of Mod stardom -- where drummer Clark and model Barbara Ferris try to disappear for a few days, and find themselves pursued by a rabid caravan of press agents, managers, reporters and the rest.

Special Fourth of July Event!

Sunday, July 4th 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Celebrate July 4th the British way at our Mods & Rockers English Tea Party & Movie!!!

Great British food & drink! Live '60s music by a the Shag-a-delics!

Surprise 60’s pop star guests! Mods & Rockers fashion show . Costume contest. Veddy British fun! . Classic 60’s Brit-pop movie !

Relive the British Invasion (1960’s style) at 4 pm with....

GO GO MANIA, 1965, Canal + Image, 70 min. Dir. Fred Goodde. A British equivalent of THE T.A.M.I. SHOW, this wild, candy-colored music revue features the cream of the English beat scene -- including performances by the Beatles (doing "Twist & Shout" and "She Loves You"), The Animals, Peter & Gordon, Herman’s Hermits, the Nashville Teens, Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, and the Honeycombs!! Shot by d.p. Geoffrey Unsworth (who later photographed Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY), GO GO MANIA was a once-in-a-lifetime document of screaming teens and long-haired rockers -- hosted by manic British deejay Jimmy Savile. Discussion following with 60’s British pop guests, including Gordon Waller (of Peter & Gordon).

Then enjoy a Mod Tea Party immediately following!

Price for this event only: $15 Members. General $20. (Members can purchase one or two tickets at the member price, depending on their membership level; additional tickets will be at the general price.) - includes food (Bangers & Mash, vegetarian Cornish pastry and more), drink, music, movie & unlimited fun! Advance reservations are required for this event only. No tickets will be available at the door unless there are cancellations. General public and members, must advance order, by faxing your Visa or MasterCard number to 323/461-9737 or by calling 323/461-2020, x-3. There is a $1 per ticket handling charge for faxed or phoned orders. You will receive a confirmation number by telephone. Advance tickets can be purchased at the box office, (no handling charge), beginning June 4th. The deadline for ordering is: Wednesday, June 30th at 5pm. For all other events you must order separately and follow our regular procedures, which are on the ticket ordering page.