|Hot Hot Summer: The Erotic
in association with The Erotic Museum,
Since the earliest days of moviemaking, Sex and Cinema have gone
together like, well,
you supply the suitably saucy metaphor! The infamously
restrictive Hays Code (1930 1968) obliged American filmmakers to avoid most of the
juicier topics on film, insisting (and we quote) "Excessive and lustful kissing,
lustful embraces, suggestive postures and gestures are not to be shown." and "In
general, passion should so be treated that these scenes do not stimulate the lower and
baser element." But the sexual, cultural and economic revolutions in America and
overseas in the late 50s and 60s inevitably opened up a whole new range of
subject matter to filmmakers and audiences and ushered in what might be called The
Golden Age of Eroticism, one that was politically liberal, sexually explicit, and most
often just downright kinky!!
It is in this context that most of the films for this series were
selected. Were thrilled to kick off with SEX IN THE 70s: BLUE MOVIE
BRITAIN, a deliriously- entertaining new documentary produced by Fenton Bailey and
Randy Barbarto (INSIDE DEEP THROAT), double-billed with a brand-new print of director Val
Guests slapstick sex comedy CONFESSIONS OF A WINDOW CLEANER. Weve
picked from a broad selection of American and international filmmakers, from Italian
softcore maestro Tinto Brass (THE KEY) to the landmark underground trilogy of Paul
Morrissey (FLESH, TRASH and HEAT). From France, weve included
musician & director Serge Gainsbourgs notorious arthouse sleaze classic JE
TAIME MOI NON PLUS. Well also be premiering a superb new documentary, THE
WRITER OF O, that unravels the nearly fifty-years old mystery surrounding the identity
of the author behind the scandalous erotic novel The Story Of O and much
more! An Egyptian Exclusive!
Wednesday, June 15 7:30 PM
Also part of Outfest Wednesdays:
JE TAIME MOI NON PLUS (I LOVE
YOU NO MORE), 1976, Connaisance Du Cinema, 90 min. Director/singer/actor Serge
Gainsbourg and his wife, actress Jane Birkin were the prime proponents of a
bohemian, hedonistic lifestyle in Europe during the seventies, extolling the virtues of
everything from free love and bi-sexuality to bacchanalian drinking and drugging. Here
Gainsbourg helms one of his most infamous pictures, relating the funny, irreverent,
sometimes tender, sometimes brutal tale of two freewheeling gay garbagemen in the French
countryside and what happens when one of them falls for a boyish-looking truck stop
waitress. Krassky (Joe Dallesandro) finding himself suddenly obsessed with the
androgynous waif, Johnny (Jane Birkin), alienates his lover/co-worker, Padovan (Hugues
Quester) and love triangle pyrotechnics as well as scorching eroticism follows. Be sure to
keep your eyes peeled for Gerard Depardieu in a cameo as a very odd country bumpkin with a
thing for his horse. One of the legendary touchstones of transgressive seventies
Euro-cinema! [Note: the film was released in both French- and English-language versions;
well be screening the English one tonight, imported from France just for this
show!!] An Egyptian Exclusive!
Discussion Following with Actor Joe
Join us after the film (9:30 PM to midnight) at the Erotic Museum (6741 Hollywood Blvd.) for a
tour with Curator Eric Singley, wine, music and mingling. www.theeroticmuseum.com Bring your ticket stub.
Suggested donation $10.
Thursday, June 16 7:30 PM
U.S. Premiere! SEX IN THE 70s: BLUE MOVIE BRITAIN, 2005, World
of Wonder, 45 min. Dir. Jacques Peretti. The latest from the enfants terribles of
documentaries, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbatos (INSIDE DEEP THROAT)
SEX IN THE 70s is a deliciously wicked and sinfully entertaining trip back to the
good old days of British softcore, when sex was, well, not particularly sexy, and Robin
Askwiths bare bum was everywhere! By the late 1960s, the British film industry
was in the pits and the only thing that saved it was a series of low-budget,
high-grossing comedies with workaday titles like CONFESSIONS OF A WINDOW CLEANER and
ADVENTURES OF A TAXI DRIVER, that featured Benny Hill-type slapstick spiced with liberal
amounts of T&A. BLUE MOVIE BRITAIN looks at the strange, wonderfully tacky and
short-lived glory days of the British sex films, featuring interviews with many of the key
writers, directors and producers including future James Bond/007 director Martin
(GOLDENEYE) Campbell, whose surreal ESKIMO NELL is revealed to be the RASHOMON of its day!
"The most tragic episode in British cinema, but also, weirdly, the most memorable.
In a world saturated in high-street sex, these strange little films look oddly fresh. Not
just a bizarre historical capsule from the 1970s, but a missive from a land where
casual sexism, racism, pathetic humor and fumbled sex were turned into an unwitting
art-form." The Guardian, U.K.
New 35 mm. Print!!
CONFESSIONS OF A WINDOW CLEANER, 1974, Columbia, 90
min. The movie that turned Robin Askwith into the most unlikely sex symbol of the
1970s, CONFESSIONS was based on a series of pseudo- autobiographical novels
recounting the exploits of a virginal young lad, Timmy, who goes to work for his
philandering brother-in-law Sid, whose window cleaning business has the memorable tagline "We
rub it better for you." Helmed with surefire comic timing by legendary director Val
Guest (EXPRESSO BONGO, THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE), CONFESSIONS became the
top-grossing British film of 1974 and launched a series of sequels (CONFESSIONS OF A POP
PERFORMER, CONFESSIONS OF A DRIVING INSTRUCTOR et al.) It also features Askwiths
immortal quip, after finally losing his virginity in a soap suds-filled romp: "Jacqui
had certainly taught me how to come clean!" An Egyptian Exclusive!
Discussion following with legendary British
director Val Guest and SEX IN THE 70s producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. Val
Guest will also appear from 6:30 7:30 prior to the screening in the Lobby to sign
copies of his acclaimed autobiography So You Want To Be In Pictures.
Friday, June 17 7:30 PM
FLESH, 1968, Paul Morrissey Films, 105 min.
Director Paul Morrissey emerges from the New York independent film scene with the
first of his hypnotic, often misunderstood trilogy featuring the charismatic Joe
Dallesandro. Morrisseys script and direction are so unobtrusive that we feel, at
times, were a fly on the wall in a deliciously funny, often poignant cinema verité
documentary. Joe, to support his child and lesbian wife, goes out to turn tricks in the
asphalt jungle and encounters a rogues gallery of urban denizens that could exist only in
the Big Apple each one connecting in some way to his "flesh." The
continually surprising, charming supporting cast includes Geraldine Smith, Patti
DArbanville, Louis Waldron, Geri Miller and, last but not least, transgender
legends, Candy Darling and Jackie Curtis. An Egyptian Exclusive!
Actor Joe Dallessandro will introduce the film.
Friday, June 17 10:00 PM
Uncut NC-17 Version!!
SHOWGIRLS, 1995, MGM/UA, 131 min. "Im
getting a little too old for that whorey look," moans lead showgirl Cristal
Connors (Gina Gershon), as she tries to protect her turf from up-and-coming dancer
Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley) in director Paul Verhoeven (ROBOCOP) and
writer Joe Eszterhass (FATAL ATTRACTION) unforgettable ode to the glitz and glamour
of the Vegas Strip, and quite possibly the sleaziest movie ever made in Hollywood.
Lambasted by critics on its initial release (people who obviously had no sense of humor,
or appreciation for Truly Bad Taste), SHOWGIRLS has only grown in stature over the years
lines like "Im erect, why arent you erect?" and "I
used to love Doggy Chow, too!" must be seen and heard on the big screen for full
effect, especially in this uncensored, uncut NC-17 print!! An Egyptian Exclusive!
Saturday, June 18 6:00 PM
Los Angeles Premiere!!
THE WRITER OF O, 2004, Zeitgeist,
80 min. The Story Of O, the S&M novel that shocked France in the 1950s
had been written by a mysterious lady known only as "Pauline Reage," a pseudonym
for an author who remained in the shadows for more then four decades. In this brilliant
documentary, director Pola Rapaport reveals the search for the real identity of the
author a woman who secretly composed the novel for her longtime lover, and who
willingly chose to conceal her authorship of the book for personal reasons. This
illuminating and sensitive film not only describes the poignant depth of character of a
European intellectual, but also examines literary attitudes towards sex in the 1940s
and 50s, and how the publication of The Story Of O literally changed the
world almost overnight. [In French with English subtitles] An Egyptian Exclusive!
Saturday, June 18 8:00 PM
TRASH, 1970, Paul Morrissey Films, 110 min. Joe
Dallesandro returns, playing a character that could easily be the same Joe from the
earlier FLESH, in one of director Paul Morrissey best films, and the most well
known and critically-lauded of the trilogy. This time Joes a junkie whom a lot of
women would like to have sex with but, ironically, the drug has made him impotent.
Living in a one room, unheated cold water flat with his eccentric, ragpicker girlfriend (Holly
Woodlawn, in an astounding performance), Joe hustles through the mean streets of NYC
doing what he can to raise money for his next fix. Something that gives Morrissey the
perfect opportunity to zero in with his mercilessly satirical eye on the counterculture,
upper-middle-class values, the welfare system - you name it. A simultaneously hilarious,
wistful, truthful slice-of-life masterpiece. With another great supporting cast, including
Andrea Feldman, Geri Miller, Jane Forth and Michael Sklar as the welfare investigator from
HEAT, 1972, Paul Morrissey Films, 102 min.
The last in director Paul Morrisseys trilogy heads out west to Hollywood and
creates a pitch perfect parody of SUNSET BOULEVARD. Joe Dallesandro is
down-on-his-luck ex-child star, Joey Davis, reduced to using his body to help him get by
with his landlady (the incredibly funny Pat Ast). He soon zeroes in on seducing washed-up
TV star, Sally Todd (the always-amazing Sylvia Miles), hoping she can help him
jumpstart his stalled career. Arguably the funniest of the trilogy, with another helping
of Morrisseys trenchant, unpretentious observations on sex & morals, pop culture
and people in general. Look for Andrea Feldman in a deliciously unhinged performace as
Sallys bratty, lesbian daughter. An Egyptian Exclusive! Discussion
with actor Joe Dallessandro in between films.
Sunday, June 19 5:00 PM
Classic Eurotica Double Feature:
Legendary Underground Japanese S&M
DUE TO PROBLEMS WITH THE PRINT OF THE KEY IT WILL
NOT BE SHOW TONIGHT. IN ITS PLACE IS THE BEAST. IF YOU PURCHASED TICKETS IN ADVANCE YOU
MUST ASK FOR A REFUND PRIOR TO THE START OF THE SHOW:
Rediscovered Euro Sex/Fantasy Classic! New 35 mm. Print!!
THE BEAST (LA BETE), 1975, 104 min. Polish
director Walerian Borowczyk's infamous piece of erotic fantasia was one of the most
notorious underground movies of the 1970s. Loosely inspired by "The Beauty and
the Beast", LA BETE tells the story of an American heiress, Lucy Broadhurst, whose
arranged marriage to a French nobleman is disturbed by troubling rumors of a massive,
sexually voracious creature (with a VERY unique phallus) who prowls the corridors of her
husbands sprawling mansion. With Sirpa Lane, Lisbeth Hummel. No One Under
18 Will Be Admitted To This Screening. Subtitled.
THIS FILM WILL NOT BE SHOWN. THE KEY (LA CHIAVE), 1983, Cult Epics, 116 min. Inspired by the
novel by Japanese writer Junichirô Tanizaki, Italian softcore maestro Tinto Brass
recast his story in Venice during the period of Fascism just before WWII. A husband and a
wife communicate their sexual desires and intentions through a secret diary. The man (Frank
Finlay), much older than his young, beautiful wife (Stefania Sandrelli from THE
CONFORMIST), allows her to enjoy the advances of Lasko (Franco Branciaroli) in a
game of seduction and extreme and elegant eroticism. One of director Brasss major
achievements, THE KEY captures the essence of lust and surrounds it with socio-cultural
awareness, setting the events in a time and place where political repression ruled. Also
starring Barbara Cupisti, Armando Marra and Maria Grazia Bon. Original music by Ennio
Morricone. [In Italian with English subtitles]
THE SCHOOL OF THE HOLY BEASTS
(SEI JU GAKUEN), 1974, Cult Epics, 91 min. Sexploitation guru Norifumi Suzuki
plunges us into a maelstrom of secret masochistic desires and blasphemous rites as Yumi
Takigawa takes religious vows to find out what terrible things happened to her mother
inside the Sacred Heart Convent. She finds out with the help of lecherous
archbishops, a lesbian mother superior and a line-up of fellow nuns ready to whip her (in
the film's most deliriously over-the-top scene) with a gauntlet of rose-thorns. A
shocking, subversive masterpiece Dario Argento meets the Marquis de Sade. [In
Japanese with English subtitles]