|Mods & Rockers 2006, Plus
Sand, Surf and A Salute to Elvis!
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14 - 19 and in August!
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Mod-der and Rock-ier than ever!
We started this festival in 1999 a throwaway, last-ditch clutching of
1960s 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. Its
less about nostalgia and more about reinvigorating our "now" with
inspiration from "then." This years 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
Highlights in the July half of the festival at The Egyptian include kitsch 60s
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 DAYS 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
rocks 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 festivals August selections draw on its 1960s 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 1956s LOVE ME
TENDER to 2006s 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 DONT LOOK BACK, GIMME SHELTER and more, all exclusively at the Aero
FULL FESTIVAL DETAILS: www.ModsAndRockers.com
Tuesday, July 4 - 4:00 PM
An appetizer for this months Mods & Rockers Festival! Double-Feature with
Technicolor 35mm Prints! A celebration of Englands Mid-Sixties Supremacy In Soccer
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, Hermans 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 Britains 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
years 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 60s 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-FELLINIS 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 whos 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
Hoppers 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 Cormans
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 rocks 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
Its-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 Apteds
follow-up to the cult sleeper THATLL 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
Sunday, July 16 7:30 PM
Ultra-Rare Double Feature:
A MAN COULD GET KILLED, 1966, Universal, 97
min. Director Ronald Neames 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
Embassys Robert Coote, than his car is blown up. A gangsters 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 Bavas DANGER: DIABOLIK), and this is one of the most diverting. Secret
agent Mike Connors (TVs "Mannix") careens around gorgeous Rio
locations tracking the henchmen of evil Mr. Ardonian (Raf Vallone), a tycoon hoping
to introduce the worlds 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
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 DAYS 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
NIGHTS 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
Winners 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
Melvilles 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.
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
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 DAYS
NIGHT, producer David Deutsch hired first-timer John Boorman (who later directed
POINT BLANK and DELIVERANCE) to bang out a quick pop confection starring Britains
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
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 Gainsbourgs main squeeze and co-singer of
"Je taime 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 bands fatalistic, wise-cracking
roadie. Spot-on songs by Foreigners Mick Jones and Squeezes Chris
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
Doyles 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
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 Bacharachs loveliest score, highlighted by
Dusty Springfields heavenly "The Look of Love."
WHATS 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, WHATS 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 1970s 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. " -
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 VH1s 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-Gos 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 80s 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 Loves rapid
rise and swifter plunge
Every media-fueled celebrity suck n slug fest of
the past 25 years is anticipated in Adlers keenly acid film. The studio gave it a
very limited theatrical release, and it has never appeared on video. Dont miss this
ultra-rare screening of an underrated classic. NOT ON DVD!
UP IN SMOKE, 1978, Paramount, 86 min. Lou Adler
produced Cheech & Chongs string of drugged-out comedy albums that were de
rigueur listening in the THC-fuelled early to mid-70s 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.
Theres 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 Chongs rich parents. Adler delivers the best of the teams six
Saturday, August 5 6.00 PM [Spielberg Theatre]
Free Spoken-Word Event by Acclaimed Writer Michael
LAUREL CANYON: Rock
n Rolls 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 (Natalies
sister) and Dick Miller as a grouchy bartender! NOT ON
>> 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
(TVs "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 TVs 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 Internationals 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
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 hes 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 Britains 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 WHATS 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 Hollywoods 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 couldnt
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 Goldmans 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)
Junes 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 Kings 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
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. Its 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
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 theres 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 Dont Care" and more!
KING CREOLE, 1958, Paramount, 116 min. Director Michael
Curtiz (CASABLANCA) directs yet one more of The Kings 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 OConnell, 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," "Im Not The Marryin
Kind" and more.
KID GALAHAD, 1962, MGM Repertory, 95 min. Although it
doesnt 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 Kings 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 its
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 dont 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 shes worth. The closest Elvis
got to really rockin in mid-sixties cinema. Elvis also sings Ray Charles
"Whatd 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 Zappas Original
Directors 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 Zappas 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 years Mods & Rockers Festival. Discussion with Gail Zappa following the screening.
>> Also playing at the Aero, August 31.
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