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Series Compiled by: Festival produced by Martin Lewis and Chris D. With assistance from Gwen Deglise, Andrew Crane, Margot Gerber and Nancy Winters.
Special Thanks to: Caitlin Robertson/20th CENTURY FOX; Cary Haber/CRITERION FILMS; Michael Schlesinger & Susanne Jacobson/SONY REPERTORY; Paul Ginsburg/UNIVERSAL; Marilee Womack/WARNER BROTHERS; Emily Horn/PARAMOUNT; MIRAMAX; Ryan Werner/IFC FILMS; Fredell Pogodin. Ryan Werner/IFC FILMS; Stewart Copeland; Derek Power; Marilee Womack/WARNER BROTHERS; Amy Lewin/MGM REPERTORY; Emily Horn & Barry Allen/PARAMOUNT; Mike Schlesinger & Susanne Jacobson/SONY REPERTORY; Grover Crisp & Helena Brissenden/SONY FILM SERVICES; BCI Eclipse; Ilene Kahn-Power; CBS; Little Steven’s Underground Garage; Caitlin Robertson & Schawn Belston/20th CENTURY FOX /Jayce & Tiffany Bartok; Gail Zappa; Stuart Goldman; Lou Adler; Dick Clement & Ian LaFrenais.

 

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Mods & Rockers 2006, Plus Sand, Surf and A Salute to Elvis!

 

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Some films in this series will also be shown at the Aero Theatre July 14 - 19 and in August!

The Rock doesn't stop here. Check out Rock Docs & Can't Stop the Musicals at the Aero in July & August.

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Mod-der and Rock-ier than ever!

We started this festival in 1999 – a throwaway, last-ditch clutching of 1960’s 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 who were not yet born in that era. It’s less about nostalgia – and more about reinvigorating our "now" with inspiration from "then." This year’s 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 60’s counter-culture flix such as THE TRIP and WILD IN THE STREETS rubbing paisley shoulders with classics such as BEDAZZLED, EASY RIDER and THE KNACK; rarities including THE BED SITTING ROOM, PRIVILEGE, STARDUST, 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 DAY’S 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 rock’s 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 festival’s August selections draw on its 1960’s roots in presenting a series of surf movies, including THE GIRLS ON THE BEACH (with The Beach Boys), tongue-in-cheek action (PULP, SOME GIRLS DO), a tribute to Lou Adler (with his ultra-rare LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE FABULOUS STAINS and UP IN SMOKE) – 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 1956’s LOVE ME TENDER to 2006’s brand-spanking new documentary about The Police, EVERYONE STARES – with a sneak preview of the new BROTHERS OF THE HEAD to start off and a screening of the ultra-rare Frank Zappa movie, BABY SNAKES, to cap the season – Mods & Rockers is reborn! Celebrating 50 Years Of Movies That Rock…! Plus keep your eyes (and ears!) peeled for The Mods & Rockers Celebration Of Rock Documentaries, including DON’T LOOK BACK, GIMME SHELTER and more, all exclusively at the Aero Theatre!

FULL FESTIVAL DETAILS: www.ModsAndRockers.com

 

Tuesday, July 4 - 4:00 PM

An appetizer for this month’s Mods & Rockers Festival! Double-Feature with Technicolor 35mm Prints! A celebration of England’s Mid-Sixties Supremacy In Soccer & Pop!

GO-GO MANIA! 1965, 70 min. Dir. Fred Goode. This wild, candy-colored music revue features the cream of the British Invasion bands — including performances by The Beatles, The Animals, Spencer Davis Group, Peter & Gordon, Herman’s Hermits, the Nashville Teens, Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas and The Honeycombs!! Shot in mind-blowing widescreen Technicolor by the cinematographer who later filmed Kubrick's 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY – GO-GO MANIA! is a priceless time capsule of Britain’s sixties rock ‘n’ roll royalty holding court in sets that are more kitsch than rich…

GOAL! WORLD CUP 1966, 1966, Sony Repertory, 107 min. Dir. Ross Devenish & Abidine Dino. Another curtain-raiser for this year’s Mods & Rockers is this ultra-rare British Academy Award-winning Technicolor movie documenting the 1966 soccer World Cup. The tournament was held in the summer of 1966 at the height of Swingin’ London as the Beatles’ Revolver was released. Though nominally a sports documentary (and an acclaimed one at that) the film also captured the fans and surrounding milieu – and therefore unwittingly documented the finest hours of mid-Sixties Britain. England eventually won the World Cup beating Germany in a nail-biting final. Which 40 years on gives the Brits something to celebrate on the 4th of July! Followed by a veddy British 4th of July English Tea Party! These films are being shown as part of the "InterFootball Day!" July 4th English Tea Party – a special fund-raiser for the Cinematheque. Ticket prices: $40 General, $30 Seniors/Students and $25 Members. The ticket includes food, beer, live 60’s band featuring SPENCER DAVIS • DENNY LAINE • STEPHEN BISHOP • GORDON WALLER and more!Sponsored by Bass Pale Ale.

Full details: www.InterFootballDay.com

 

 

Thursday, July 13 – 7:30 PM

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore Salute - Double Feature:

Brand New 35mm Print! BEDAZZLED, 1967, 20th Century Fox, 107 min. Dir. Stanley Donen. 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.

THE BED SITTING ROOM, 1969, Sony Repertory, 91 min. Dir. Richard Lester. An ultra-rare lost classic, this surreal dark satire anticipated and influenced Monty Python and blended DR. STRANGELOVE-style apocalyptic barbs with Salvador Dali-meets-FELLINI’S SATYRICON visual brilliance. Lester and British comedic guru/Goon Spike Milligan (who co-authored) concoct a post-nuclear-holocaust Britain as a device to savage every last sacred cow - utilizing absurd characters drawn from a who’s who of British comedy (Milligan, fellow Goon Harry Secombe, Marty Feldman, Roy Kinnear, Arthur Lowe, Peter Cook & Dudley Moore) and leading thespians (Ralph Richardson, Rita Tushingham, Michael Hordern, Mona Washbourne). The film defies capsule descriptions but is universally hailed as the Holy Grail of black comedy by those lucky enough to have seen it. Check out the raves on IMDB. File under "un-miss-able!" NOT ON DVD!

 

 

Friday, July 14 – 7:30 PM

Dennis Hopper/Peter Fonda Double Feature:

EASY RIDER, 1969, Sony Repertory, 94 min. Dennis Hopper’s directorial debut is a simultaneous celebration of and elegy to the counterculture. Two lone wolf bikers (Peter Fonda, Hopper) make a killing on a drug deal and, to commemorate their new financial independence, decide to roll cross-country on a southwestern tour of America. What they find are exhilarating open spaces, free love communes and people living off the land. But they also find bad acid trips and a mortally dangerous climate of prejudice. Jack Nicholson shot to stardom (as well as received numerous awards, including a Supporting Actor Oscar nomination) for his funny, irreverent turn as a misfit alcoholic lawyer in a small, Southern town. The collaborative script was by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper & Terry Southern. With great music by Steppenwolf, Roger McGuinn, Jimi Hendrix and more!

THE TRIP, 1967, Sony Repertory, 85 min. Dir. Roger Corman. Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern and Susan Strasberg star in this Jack Nicholson-scripted story of a burned-out TV commercial director who takes the ultimate acid trip. American International Pictures changed the ending without Corman’s approval to suggest a more anti-drug stance; still, the film captures the Sunset Strip at the height of its lurid, frenzied glory. Music by The Electric Flag. Cinematographer Lazlo Kovacs (EASY RIDER) will speak between films.

 

Live Theatre Event! GREAT EXPLOITATIONS! An Audience With Martin Lewis. App. 60 min. Described as a "veteran hipster" (New York Press) humorist Martin Lewis’ critically-acclaimed one-man show sprinkles hilarious tales from his life in rock’s fast lane - working with The Beatles, The Who, Sex Pistols, Rutles, Monkees, Wham!, Sting, Townshend, Daltrey, McCartney, Clapton, Jeff Beck, Phil Collins, Bob Geldof, Eric Burdon, Donovan, George Michael, Bryan Ferry, Chrissie Hynde, Cat Stevens, Slash and other rock luminaries. "The ultra-high-energy Lewis... a machine-gun style delivery of sardonic observations sweetened by an irrepressible exuberance... the sort of wit I call unimpeachable." - L.A. Weekly "A treat! Incites and inspires with his witticisms." - Village Voice"A very captivating raconteur." - Los Angeles Magazine"He reminds me of my mother..." – Slash. FREE ADMISSION!

Saturday, July 15 - 6:00 PM

Sunday, July 16 - 6:00 PM

Saturday, July 22 - 6:00 PM

Sunday, July 23 - 6:00 PM

Saturday, July 29 - 6:00 PM

Sunday, July 30 - 6:00 PM

Saturday, July 15 – 7:30 PM

 

 

Ultra-Rare! ‘It’s-A-Drag-Being-A-Rock-Star’ Double Feature:

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 Aero, July 19

STARDUST, 1974, Sony Repertory, 111 min. "Show me a boy who never wanted to become a rock star and I'll show you a liar." Director Michael Apted’s follow-up to the cult sleeper THAT’LL BE THE DAY follows rock star Jim MacLaine (David Essex) on his rise to the top with his band, "The Stray Cats." Adam Faith is his manager and his group includes Dave Edmunds, Paul Nicholas and Keith Moon. Once the boys hit the big time, Machievellian Larry Hagman materializes to worm his way into the moneymaking pop machine. Great music with an unusually realistic look at the darker side of the business. "It's a…cynical film, but a brutally honest one, showing in no uncertain terms what really lay behind the sex, drugs and rock'n'roll mirage." – Michael Brooke, BFI Screen Online. (Print is faded.) NOT ON DVD!

 

 

Sunday, July 16 – 7:30 PM

Ultra-Rare Double Feature:

A MAN COULD GET KILLED, 1966, Universal, 97 min. Director Ronald Neame’s very engaging action comedy is filled with a wealth of sixties style and remains one of the most likeable (and most unseen) pure entertainments from that swinging decade. James Garner is a bewildered American businessman arriving at the Lisbon airport who is mistaken for a top British agent searching for missing diamonds. No sooner has he been introduced to the British Embassy’s Robert Coote, than his car is blown up. A gangster’s amorous widow (delicious Melina Mercouri), as well as Portuguese conman Tony Franciosa and innocent, young Sandra Dee enter the picture, and the stage is set for infectious, expertly-timed fun and intrigue. NOT ON DVD!

IB Technicolor Print! KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM DIE, 1966, Sony Repertory, 106 min. Dir. Henry Levin, Arduino Maiuri (uncredited). Producer Dino DeLaurentis made several similar tongue-in-cheek action movies in the mid-sixties (i.e. Mario Bava’s DANGER: DIABOLIK), and this is one of the most diverting. Secret agent Mike Connors (TV’s "Mannix") careens around gorgeous Rio locations tracking the henchmen of evil Mr. Ardonian (Raf Vallone), a tycoon hoping to introduce the world’s female population to an extreme form of birth control with his own sterility-inducing satellite! Helping and hindering Connors is affluent spy Dorothy Provine, chauffeured around by her assistant, Terry Thomas. Loads of eye-popping action as well as a stunning bevy of European and American starlets (Margaret Lee, Nicoletta Machiavelli, Marilu Tolo, Beverly Adams) in supporting roles. NOT ON DVD!

 

Friday, July 21 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

THE KNACK…AND HOW TO GET IT, 1965, Sony Repertory, 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, Jacqueline Bisset and a young Charlotte Rampling. With music by John Barry.

WORK IS A FOUR LETTER WORD, 1967, Universal, 93 min. Another true pop rarity, from stage director turned filmmaker Sir Peter Hall (A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM). David Warner and songstress/Beatle pal Cilla Black star in this delightfully-absurd account of a young man on a mission – to grow giant psychedelic mushrooms to promote happiness for Britain's overworked masses!! Based on the play Eh? NOT ON DVD!

 

 

Saturday, July 22 – 7:30 PM

Ultra-Rare Double Feature:

DUFFY, 1968, Sony Repertory, 101 min. Director Robert Parrish helmed this film of a screenplay by Donald Cammell (PERFORMANCE) about two spoiled, swinging brothers (James Fox, John Alderton) who enlist expatriate American bad boy, James Coburn, to help them relieve their super-rich father (James Mason) of his fortune. Spanish and Mediterranean locations highlight this hip, underrated and captivating caper comedy. NOT ON DVD

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. Scripted by Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais (THE COMMITMENTS & STILL CRAZY). NOT ON DVD.

 

 

Sunday, July 23 – ENCHANTED TIKI LUAU NIGHT AND ELVIS!

Join us in the Egyptian Courtyard for a Royal Southern Californian-style Luau between a double feature of island adventures exotic musical entertainment from King Kukelele and his Friki Tikis There will also be Tiki vendors and other special surprises in the courtyard from 1:00 PM till we shut it down.

4:00 PM - IB Technicolor print! ENCHANTED ISLAND, 1958, Warner Brothers, 93 min. The movie poster tagline screamed: "He dared to love a cannibal princess!" Director Allen Dwan (SLIGHTLY SCARLET), no stranger to meager budgets, brought his trademark lyrical romanticism to this kitschy, bargain basement adaptation of Herman Melville’s Typee. Shot on location as well as some studio sets, this tiki-laden story of a deserting sailor (Dana Andrews) who falls in love with a native princess (Jane Powell, of all people!) gets the full Technicolor treatment. Co-starring Arthur Shields, Don Dubbins and tough guy Ted de Corsia, this was the last film RKO Pictures produced before going bankrupt. Also a pre-show selection of Tiki short films and surprise guests. Approx. 25 min. All pre-show shorts compiled by Kevin Kidney.

Join us in the Egyptian Courtyard for a Royal Southern Californian-style Luau sponsored in part by Gelson's.

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7:30 PM - BLUE HAWAII, 1961, Paramount, 101 min. Dir. Norman Taurog. Before all the formula sixties movies that turned Elvis Presley from an icon into a self-parody, came this sparkling original that subsequent filmmakers sought to use as the cookie-cutter guarantee to Presley movie success. But this was the original. Sumptuous cinematography, frothy plot, pleasing comic turns and skillful acting by co-stars Angela Lansbury and Joan Blackman, a thin, tanned and rested Elvis – and, above all, songs as enchanting as the island paradise depicted. From 'Rock-A-Hula Baby' to 'Can't Help Falling In Love' and the title song – this is classic Elvis 2.0. Post-army and pre-rhinestone. This Elvis is as luscious as the Hawaiian landscape, as lovable as a tiki god and just as skillfully shot. The movie and the soundtrack were among the most successful of his career. Remember Elvis THIS way… The Mods & Rockers Festival will present our first-ever celluloid salute to Elvis in August. This film serves as a delectable teaser... Darlene Tomkins who played Patsy Simon will introduce the film. Also a pre-show selection of Tiki short films and surprise guests. Approx. 25 min. All pre-show shorts compiled by Kevin Kidney.

Tiki Vendors to include: Tiki Tony, Adrift Clothing, Crazy Al's Bone Productions, "Dumb Angel" Magazine authors Dominic Priore and Brian Chidister, Tiki Diablo, Falling Cocos, Coconut Kids Clothing,Tiki Farm and the American Cinematheque selling posters from our fabulous collection!

Separate ticket prices for the films. Or enjoy just the luau and the music, or buy a ticket which includes all the films and the luau. For movies, General: $12.00, Sr/Students: $10.00, AC Member: $9.00 *Luau Dinner Only: $15.00 or Movies & Luau: General: $25.00, Sr/Student: $23.00 and Member: $22.00. *A limited number of dinners will be sold at the door. To guarantee a dinner ticket please purchase in advance.

 

 

Thursday, July 27 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

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 – in which 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. NOT ON DVD!

WONDERWALL, 1969, 94 min. Dir. Joe Massot. Absolutely glorious/meaningless headtripping madness, this 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 later discovered in Harrison's vaults,) WONDERWALL is a surreal journey back to the Age of Altered Consciousness -- lap it up. Preceded by the short: "Reflections On Love," 1965, 13 min. Exuberant cinemascope portrait of Swinging London from director Joe Massot featuring definitive London dollybird Jenny Boyd (sister of Beatle George's wife Pattie and future wife of Mick Fleetwood).

 

 

Friday, July 28 – 7:30 PM

Actor Bill Nighy In-Person!

Two Rock Comedies by Writing/Producing Team Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais:

STILL CRAZY, 1998, Sony Repertory, 97 min. Dir. Brian Gibson. A classic "film that got away" - adored by the cognoscenti. Writers/producers Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais reinvigorate the familiar scenario of ‘aging rockers struggling with past glories and demons to make comeback’ - turning it into a glorious, hilarious paean to rock ’n’ roll camaraderie and Seventies excess tempered with sweet poignancy. Think SPINAL TAP meets MY FAVORITE YEAR through THE FULL MONTY as British hard-rock has-beens, Strange Fruit - including Stephen Rea, Bruce Robinson and a magnificent Bill Nighy - etch realistic portraits of middle-age rockster revival. Billy Connolly ("Deadwood") plays the Greek chorus as the band’s fatalistic, wise-cracking roadie. Spot-on songs by Foreigner’s Mick Jones and Squeeze’s Chris Difford.

THE COMMITMENTS, 1991, 20th Century Fox, 117 min. Director Alan Parker (MIDNIGHT EXPRESS and THE WALL) teamed with veteran writing/producing duo Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais to turn Roddy Doyle’s brisk novella into a rollicking saga of mishap and achingly funny defeats snatched from the jaws of victory. A young hustling Dubliner shapes a ragtag bunch of miscreant Irish kids into a full-blown rock ‘n’ soul revue despite their best endeavors to self-destruct. The raw talent of the Irish performers - including Andrea Corr of The Corrs - imbue Motown soul classics with Celtic heart. Their would-be manager explains the improbable collusion simply: "The Irish are the blacks of Europe. And Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland…" Discussion in between films with actor Bill Nighy.

 

 

Saturday, July 29 – 7:30 PM

Christopher Jones Double Feature:

WILD IN THE STREETS, 1968, Sony Repertory, 97 min. Dir. Barry Shear. Astounding, grunge-fueled political satire of rock star, Max Frost (Christopher Jones) who gets elected President after the voting age is lowered to 15. He gets his spaced-out girlfriend (Diane Varsi) elected to Congress, dumps LSD into the Washington, D.C. water supply and sets up concentration camps for anyone over-35! With songs by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil performed by Max Frost & The Troopers, including the thundersome "Shape of Things to Come." Co-starring Hal Holbrook, Shelley Winters, Richard Pryor, Larry Bishop and Millie Perkins. Actor Larry Bishop and executive producer Burt Topper will speak between films.

Ultra-Rare! THREE IN THE ATTIC, 1968, Sony Repertory, 90 min. Dir. Richard Wilson. College lothario, Paxton Quigley (Christopher Jones) decides to settle down when he meets his match in the intelligent, vivacious Tobey (Yvette Mimieux). But he soon finds that his libido has a mind of its own, attracted first to foxy soul sister, Eulice (Judy Pace) and then hippie chick, Jan (Maggie Thrett). When the three girls find out about each other, they resolve to join together to teach their swinging, mutual boyfriend a lesson, caging him in the attic of their dormitory and overdosing him with their ample physical charms in non-stop lovemaking! NOT ON DVD.

 

 

Sunday, July 30 – 7:30 PM

Peter Sellers Double Feature:

Val Guest Memorial Tribute - CASINO ROYALE, 1967, Sony Repertory, 130 min. Dirs. Val Guest, John Huston, Ken Hughes, Robert Parrish, Joe McGrath. A classic everything-but-the-kitchen-sink cinematic carnival with a record number of loopy spy film cliches skewering the James Bond mythos, all done up in candy-colored, psychedelic wrapping. A sixties’ who's who of old-and-new hip stars appear including Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, David Niven, Woody Allen, Deborah Kerr, Orson Welles, Daliah Lavi, Barbara Bouchet and too many others to mention. Featuring Burt Bacharach’s loveliest score, highlighted by Dusty Springfield’s heavenly "The Look of Love."

WHAT’S NEW, PUSSYCAT? 1965, Sony Repertory, 108 min. Dir. Clive Donner. Emotionally frazzled Peter O'Toole goes to analyst Peter Sellers for guidance with his complicated love-life, not counting on Sellers’ own hilariously-overheated sex-drive and a merry-go-round of the Sixties most beautiful women, including Romy Schneider, Capucine, Paula Prentiss and Ursula Andress. Co-starring and written by Woody Allen, with another brilliant pop score by Burt Bacharach, WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT? is the ultimate Mod confection.

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 2 – 7:30 PM

Sneak Preview! BROTHERS OF THE HEAD, 2005, IFC Films, 93 min. "A raucous ride through a burning flash of glory in seventies British rock music,BROTHERS OF THE HEAD is an utterly uncharacterizable tour de force from two of the world's most interesting emerging directors." - Noah Cowen, Toronto Film Festival. Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe (the acclaimed directors of LOST IN LA MANCHA) offer up a twisted, satiric rock 'n roll odyssey about pretty boy conjoined-at-the-chest teen twins, Tom and Barry Howe who were plucked from obscurity by a 1970’s music promoter and groomed into a freak show punk act, The Bang Bang. The brothers, one moody and violent, the other, pensive and sensitive, free fall into an endless night of rock 'n roll decadence and self-destruction fueled by the usual sex, drugs and booze, and further incited by artistic rivalry and an erotic intimacy. With footage from Ken Russell's unfinished documentary on The Bang Bang, TWO WAY ROMEO. "The tunes off the Bang Bang's one and only album are perfect, raw and roaring and just on the edge of catching the lightning bolt Johnny Rotten and the boys rode into history. " - Ain't-It-Cool-News Discussion following with directors Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe and actors Luke and Harry Treadaway.

 

Thursday, August 3 – 7:30 PM

Sneak Preview - New Police Documentary!

Tribute To New-Wave Music Agent Ian Copeland

EVERYONE STARES: THE POLICE INSIDE OUT, 2006, 75 min. Police drummer Stewart Copeland was an inveterate home-movie maker and rolled his Super-8 camera throughout the tumultuous rise and rise of the band as it toured and recorded its way to becoming the top band in the post-punk world. The footage captured intimacy and insights that only a band member could record. After all, Sting and Andy Summers knew that the filming was just for fun... Drawing on hours of priceless footage, director Copeland has created a memorable portrait from inside the eye of the hurricane that was the Police. His organic style is the antithesis of VH1’s formula "Inside The Music" docs. Exhilarating, funny and poignant. NOT ON DVD!

URGH! A MUSIC WAR, 1981, Warner Bros., 96 min. Dir. Derek Burbridge. Between them, Police manager/IRS Records founder Miles Copeland and his brother, the late Ian Copeland, who ran the fabled FBI music booking agency, represented and championed many of the most iconic acts in punk and the new wave. Including The Police (with their brother Stewart Copeland on drums), Joan Jett, Oingo Boingo, The Go-Go’s and The Dead Kennedys. Those acts and a slew more – including X, Devo, The Cramps, Chelsea, Echo and the Bunnymen, XTC, Gary Numan, OMD, Fleshtones, UB40 – were filmed in raw performance in London, L.A. and all points between for this Hellzapoppin’ snapshot of the 1980 music world at its rampaging best. Full of reckless energy and serrated-edged rock, punk, techno and reggae – this is a priceless, time-capsule of the last gasp before MTV hair-moussed the visual presentation of 80’s music into a gallery of vapid pretty pictures. NOT ON DVD! Discussion between films with Executive Producer (and Police manager) Miles Copeland and (subject to availability) Stewart Copeland. The evening is dedicated to the memory of their brother Ian Copeland – who died of melanoma at the age of 57 in May. Ian is featured in the Police documentary – and was a guiding light behind "Urgh! A Music War" - and many of the artists in the film.

 

 

Friday, August 4 – 7:30 PM

Lou Adler Tribute Double Feature:

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE FABULOUS STAINS, 1981, Paramount, 87 min. As the co-creator of the Monterey Pop Festival and the record producer behind the Mamas & Papas and Carole King among many others - Lou Adler was already a veteran when he directed this little-seen, but slyly knowing satirical drama of the excesses of the music industry. Diane Lane is brash teen, Corrinne "Third Degree" Burns, a gal on a mission to bring her all girl punk trio (including Laura Dern as Jessica "Dizzy Heights" McNeil) to fame. By hook or by crook, she gets the band on a tour opening for over-the-hill glam combo, The Metal Corpses (with Tubes singer, Fee Waybill) and punk rockers, The Looters (featuring Steve Jones & Paul Cook of The Sex Pistols and Paul Simonon of The Clash). Co-starring a great supporting cast, including Ray Winstone, Christine Lahti, David Clennon. Jonathan Demme and Nancy Dowd (SLAPSHOT) had a hand in the script which predicts it all: MTV vacuity, Madonna wannabes, Courtney Love’s rapid rise and swifter plunge… Every media-fueled celebrity suck ‘n’ slug fest of the past 25 years is anticipated in Adler’s keenly acid film. The studio gave it a very limited theatrical release, and it has never appeared on video. Don’t miss this ultra-rare screening of an underrated classic. NOT ON DVD!

UP IN SMOKE, 1978, Paramount, 86 min. Lou Adler produced Cheech & Chong’s string of drugged-out comedy albums that were de rigueur listening in the THC-fuelled early to mid-70’s and had produced acclaimed offbeat films, BREWSTER MCCLOUD and THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, so it was logical that he would distill his multiple talents into directing. His debut transformed the archetypal hippies into stoner-movie heroes. Short on plot and high (very high) on laughs – the film follows the clueless duo as they drive a vehicle made entirely of dope from Mexico to the US – blissed out and blissfully unaware that they are in a mobile stash. There’s a great soundtrack as well as a rock spoof sequence as the pair enter a battle of the bands at Hollywood club, The Roxy (which features several then-current L.A. groups, including The Dils!). Another stupendous supporting cast - look for the very funny Stacy Keach as narc, Sgt. Stedenko, as well as Tom Skerritt, June Fairchild and Val Avery. With Strother Martin and Edie Adams (!) as Tommy Chong’s rich parents. Adler delivers the best of the team’s six pictures.

 

 

Saturday, August 5 – 6.00 PM [Spielberg Theatre]

Free Spoken-Word Event by Acclaimed Writer Michael Walker!

LAUREL CANYON: Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Legendary Neighborhood, 45 min. In the sixties and seventies, an impromptu collection of musicians colonized a eucalyptus-scented canyon deep in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles and melded folk, rock, and savvy American pop into a sound that conquered the world as thoroughly as the songs of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. In his special talk Laurel Canyon – adapted from his new book of the same name - writer Michael Walker tells the inside story of this rock ‘n’ roll neighborhood, the unprecedented gathering of stars - including Joni Mitchell; Jim Morrison; Crosby, Stills & Nash; John Mayall; the Mamas and the Papas; Carole King; the Eagles; and Frank Zappa - and the indelible swath of popular culture created in a leafy canyon just ten minutes from the Egyptian Theatre…Michael Walker has written extensively about popular culture for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and other publications. He lives in Laurel Canyon…

 

 

Saturday, August 5 – 7:30 PM

Surf And Sand Double Feature:

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 (Natalie’s sister) and Dick Miller as a grouchy bartender! NOT ON DVD!

>> Also playing at the Aero, August 19.

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 had in mind 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 playing at the Aero, August 19.

 

 

Sunday, August 6 – 7:30 PM

Ski And Surf Double Feature:

SKI PARTY, 1965, MGM Repertory, 90 min. Dir. Alan Rafkin. It seemed only natural that strange mutations would evolve as the beach pictures continued in popularity at the drive-ins, and here we have the kids hitting the snowy slopes for their summer fun. Hard-up teen guys, Frankie Avalon and Dwayne Hickman (TV’s "Dobie Gillis"), fearing they will continue to strike out with the objects of their affections, follow heartthrobs, Deborah Walley (GIDGET GOES HAWAIIAN) and Yvonne Craig (Batgirl from TV’s original "Batman") when they depart on a ski trip. A bizarre subplot has Frankie and Dwayne taking a page from SOME LIKE IT HOT as they dress up in drag to spy on their girls. In the meantime James Brown and His Famous Flames (!) perform mega-hit, "I Feel Good" and Leslie Gore sings her ever-popular perennial, "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows."


SURF PARTY, 1964, 20th Century Fox, 68 min. Director Maury Dexter (THE DAY MARS INVADED EARTH, MARYJANE) helmed this ultra-rare, ultra-low budget knock-off of American International’s successful BEACH PARTY. Lead teens Bobby Vinton, Patricia Morrow and Jackie DeShannon (a then-regular on TV pop show "Shindig!" and soon to become a sixties pop idol herself) cavort on the beach to the sounds of The Routers (featuring Scott Walker!) and The Astronauts. Shot in colorful black-and-white with back-projected waves for that ultra-realistic beach ambience! NOT ON DVD!

 

 

Wednesday, August 9 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

PULP, 1972, MGM Repertory, 95 min. Dir. Mike Hodges. "I wondered who he was, the poor dead bastard," muses hack novelist Michael Caine (author of classics like The Organ-Grinder and My Gun Is Long), in Hodges’ wonderfully eccentric black comedy -- his follow-up to GET CARTER (and about as different as two films can be). Caine stars as Chester King a.k.a. Guy Strange, a pulp fiction writer happily stranded in Majorca -- until he’s hired by ex-Hollywood mobster Mickey Rooney to ghostwrite his autobiography. Littered with sight gags and random corpses (and co-starring the legendary Lizabeth Scott in her last screen appearance to date!), PULP is a rare and strange pleasure -- sip it like a dry martini. Also starring the great Lionel Stander (CUL-DE-SAC) and Al Lettieri (THE GETAWAY). With a score by Beatles producer Sir George Martin. NOT ON DVD!

SOME GIRLS DO, 1969, MGM Repertory, 88 min. Dir. Ralph Thomas. Suave Richard Johnson (THE HAUNTING) returns as the super-spy re-incarnation of Bulldog Drummond in this never-released-in-the-USA sequel to his previous outing in DEADLIER THAN THE MALE. Once more Drummond faces an onslaught of gorgeous women (Daliah Lavi, Beba Loncar, Sydne Rome, Yutte Stensgard) as he goes up against old arch-enemy, Carl Peterson (James Villiers), a wealthy lunatic bent on destroying Britain’s new supersonic plane with the aid of his all-female robots. Robert Morley is a standout as an oddball teacher of gourmet cooking. With swingin’ sixties score by WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT Musical Director Charles Blackwell. NOT ON DVD!

 

MODS & ROCKERS – LONG LIVE THE KING! A WEEK-LONG CELLULOID SALUTE TO ELVIS

Thursday, August 10 – 7:30 PM

Elvis Double Feature:

G.I. BLUES, 1960, Paramount, 104 min. Dir. Norman Taurog. Elvis Presley is Tulsa McLean, a G.I. stationed in Germany who becomes involved in a scheme with his buddies to melt the icy exterior of cabaret singer, Lili. But in the process our hero falls for the feisty chanteuse. Charismatic and sexy Juliet Prowse is the perfect match for Elvis in this early vehicle for the King before the movie formula became irreversibly set in stone. Elvis sings a lot of songs, including "Blue Suede Shoes," "G.I. Blues" and more. Co-starring Leticia Roman, Arch Johnson, Mickey Knox, Jeremy Slate.

ELVIS AND JUNE: A LOVE STORY, 2002, BCI Eclipse, 46 min. Elvis had many loves including some of Hollywood’s hottest stars. But in the beginning he was just a young Southern boy looking for fun and romance. He found both in 1955/56 in June Juanico, a 17-year-old beauty queen from Biloxi with whom he couldn’t help falling in love while on the cusp of the stardom that eventually broke up their relationship. Before the break-up – June got Elvis "All Shook Up" to the point of pledging his undying troth. Director Stuart Goldman’s charming documentary tells the whole story and features the earliest home movie footage of Elvis. On vacation in Biloxi with his latest flame - June in the faraway summer of 1956… Just before "Hound Dog" broke Elvis’ career and (at the same time) June’s dreams of marital bliss…

 

 

Friday, August 11 – 7:30 PM

Elvis Double Feature:

FLAMING STAR, 1960, 20th Century Fox, 91 min. Elvis Presley is a halfbreed son to white father, Sam (John McIntire) and Kiowa mother, Neddy (the beautiful Dolores del Rio) on their isolated homestead. When hostilities break out with the Kiowas, the King is caught in the middle. Don Siegel (DIRTY HARRY) directs what many believe to be the King’s best picture, with certainly his best-ever performance. Steve Forrest is Elvis’ half-brother and Barbara Eden the girl who loves him (in a role originally earmarked for Barbara Steele!). With Karl Swenson, Richard Jaeckel, L.Q. Jones. Songs include "Flaming Star."

LOVE ME TENDER, 1956, 20th Century Fox, 89 min. Dir. Robert D. Webb. In his debut film, Elvis plays the youngest of the four Reno Brothers, the elder three of which (Richard Egan, James Drury, William Campbell) go off to fight for the Confederacy when the Civil War breaks out. The King stays at home to look after the farm as well as Ma Reno (Mildred Dunnock). When brother Richard Egan is reported killed, his former heartthrob, Debra Paget, marries our hero. But the brothers, including Egan, return after the war, embittered outlaws complicating things for those wishing to live in peace. More great support from Bruce Bennett, Neville Brand and Robert Middleton. Elvis sings "Love Me Tender," "Poor Boy" and more.

 

 

Saturday, August 12 – 4:00 PM

Special Screening of Acclaimed 2005 Mini-Series

ELVIS, 2005, CBS, 178 min. Dir. James Steven Sadwith. This highly acclaimed (6 Emmy nominations) mini-series was hailed by Presley insiders as being the best yet of the Presley TV dramas that have flooded the airwaves in the 29 years since the passing of Elvis. It’s only aired once and is not yet on DVD. Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars as Elvis and projects the complex fusion of sexuality and na´ve country-boy vulnerability to great effect – and a Golden Globe. Randy Quaid captured the canny manipulations of ex-carny "Colonel" Tom Parker whose svengali puppeteering engineered the rise of Elvis – yet also led indirectly to his tragic demise. Camryn Manheim and Robert Patrick flesh out poignant portrayals of the parents who cannot fathom the heights or depths their son will scale and sink to - yet love him unconditionally. The story takes us from the earliest days to the triumphant resurrection of his 1968 NBC comeback special. A great place to help us remember Elvis that way. A remarkably powerful evocation of the legend. NOT ON DVD! Note: This TV mini-series will be shown in 2 sections. Part One: 4:00pm-5:30pm. Part Two: 5:45pm-7:15pm. Followed by a Q&A with Executive Producer Ilene Kahn-Power and (subject to availability) key cast and crew. Suggested donation $9.00.

 

 

Saturday, August 12 – 8:30 PM

Elvis Double Feature:

JAILHOUSE ROCK, 1957, Warner Bros., 96 min. Dir. Richard Thorpe. Wow, the Colonel would never have let Elvis play a role like this later in his career. In his third film, Elvis is Vince Everett, a guy serving a term for manslaughter. His cellmate, Hunk Houghton (yikes!) played by Mickey Shaughnessy is a former country star who introduces him to the record business. Once the King is released from stir, he quickly rises to the top as a rock ‘n’ roll singer. But will he remember the folks who got him there? Another of Elvis’ best, it features slambang Leiber-Stoller songs, plus there’s that jawdroppingly good "Jailhouse Rock" production number. Tragically, female lead and love interest, Judy Tyler died in a car accident just before the film was released. Elvis belts out the title tune as well as "Baby, I Don’t Care" and more!

KING CREOLE, 1958, Paramount, 116 min. Director Michael Curtiz (CASABLANCA) directs yet one more of The King’s 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 playing at the Aero, August 20.

 

 

Sunday, August 13 – 7:30 PM

Elvis Double Feature:

FOLLOW THAT DREAM, 1962, MGM Repertory, 109 min. Country folk, Elvis and pa, Arthur O’Connell, are travelling in the Florida boondocks with their poor family in tow when they run out of gas. Short on funds, the clan stake a claim to what seems to be unused land, but soon have corrupt state officials harassing them as well as gangsters scouting acreage for a casino. Pro director Gordon Douglas keeps things appropriately light-hearted and brings a charming tone to one of Elvis’ fluffier early films. Co-starring Simon Oakland, Anne Helm, Jack Kruschen. Songs include: "Follow That Dream," "I’m Not The Marryin’ Kind" and more.

KID GALAHAD, 1962, MGM Repertory, 95 min. Although it doesn’t pack the same punch as the original starring Edward G. Robinson and Humphrey Bogart, Elvis Presley is well-cast as the na´ve boy pushed into the boxing ring to enrich the pockets of his less-than-honest mentor manager Gig Young. Director Phil Karlson, like FOLLOW THAT DREAM helmer Douglas, was a tough guy director who cut his teeth on noir pictures (and went on to make the original WALKING TALL), but he obviously has his work cut out for him with the behind-the-scenes presence of the Colonel shaping the King’s image. Karlson keeps things moving and surrounds Elvis with a great cast, including Lola Albright, Charles Bronson, Joan Blackman, Ned Glass and Robert Emhardt. Songs include: "I Got Lucky," "King Of The Whole Wide World" and more.

 

 

Wednesday, August 16 – 7:30 PM

Elvis Memorial Anniversary:

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 it’s 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 don’t 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 she’s worth. The closest Elvis got to really rockin’ in mid-sixties cinema. Elvis also sings Ray Charles’ "What’d I Say," "Come On Everybody" and more. Ann-Margret smokes on the smoldering "Appreciation."

>> Also playing at the Aero, August 20.

ALTERED BY ELVIS, 2006, 54 min. An acclaimed documentary exploration of lives deeply and permanently affected by Elvis Presley. It follows those who have been impacted, mesmerized or fulfilled by Elvis - and even one childhood friend who claims to have been destroyed by the King of rock ‘n’ roll. Among the subjects is Larry Geller who fulfilled a dual role in the court of the King. He was Elvis’ longtime hairdresser – and also the man who Elvis credits with being his spiritual advisor. (One of the more unusual hyphenates in Hollywood.) His devotion extended to styling Elvis’ hair for his funeral… Husband & wife directing team Jayce & Tiffany Bartok use their film to illuminate both the phenomenon of worldwide Elvis obsession – and the broader topic of the impact of celebrity culture on ordinary people. Discussion in between films with ALTERED BY ELVIS directors Jayce Bartok & Tiffany Bartok – and with Larry Geller - Hairdresser/Spiritual Advisor to Elvis Presley.

 

 

Thursday, August 17 – 7:30 PM

Ultra-Rare Screening: Frank Zappa’s Original Director’s 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, bandleader, 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 Zappa’s 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 year’s Mods & Rockers Festival. Discussion with Gail Zappa following the screening.

>> Also playing at the Aero, August 31.

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