FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 23, 2000
Contact: Margot Gerber
Tel.: 323.461.2020 x 115
THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PAYS TRIBUTE TO UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTER ACTOR AND
AUTEUR TIMOTHY CAREY
Featuring rare screenings of the notorious THE WORLD'S GREATEST SINNER!
November 4 - 5, 2000
HOLLYWOOD - The American Cinematheque presents THE WORLD'S GREATEST SINNER:
A TRIBUTE TO TIMOTHY CAREY November 4 - 5, 2000. A combination of hepcat
messiah, hulking loner and life-long loose cannon, the great character actor
Timothy Carey (1925 - 1994) cut a fearsome, unforgettable figure on-screen,
whether it was manhandling James Dean in EAST OF EDEN, throwing beer in
Brando's face in THE WILD ONE, or moaning pitifully on his way to execution
in PATHS OF GLORY. Carey was cast most often as a menacing gunman/enforcer,
a role he played with relish in crime classics like THE KILLING, CRIME WAVE
and THE OUTFIT. His self-made 1962 masterpiece THE WORLD'S GREATEST SINNER -
in which an ordinary man declares himself "God" in a SoCal suburb - fully
deserves its reputation as one of the most outrageous underground movies
ever made. Timothy Carey's son Romeo has opened up his father's archive of
rare materials to us for this series. Romeo Carey will appear in-person for
discussion during the tribute.
Carey's off-screen reputation was just as notorious - Carey once got caught
scaling the fence at 20th Century Fox in full armor to audition for PRINCE
VALIANT, and he faked his own kidnapping in Germany during shooting on PATHS
OF GLORY. In reality, Carey was a restless, completely dedicated performer
who counted John Cassavetes among his closest friends, and acted each role
"like it's the last film I'm gonna make, and I want it to be the best"
Following its rare revival at the Egyptian, THE WORLD'S GREATEST SINNER
will finally make its national theatrical debut in select theatres next year
through "American Cinematheque Presents."/Vitagraph Films. E-mail for more
info to: email@example.com
All guests subject to their availability. All screenings are at the newly
renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic Egyptian (6712 Hollywood
Boulevard between Highland and Las
Palmas) in Hollywood.
Saturday, November 4, 2000
The Saturday, November 4th program begins at 6:00 PM with THE WORLD'S
GREATEST SINNER, (1962, 82 min). Director/ writer/ actor Timothy Carey's
astounding, low - budget parable of Good and Evil in Southern
California is one of the most notorious underground films ever made, a
jaw-dropping fusion of garage rock, drive-in movie madness and the theories
of Friedrich Nietzsche! Carey stars as Clarence Hilliard, a restless
insurance salesman who decides to rename himself "God," start his own
religion, political party and rock & roll band, all in the belief that each
one of us is a "superhuman being." Carey's performance, screaming in the
streets of El Monte at dazed housewives, seducing a 70-year-old granny for
her life-savings, howling "Please! Take my hand!" to legions of teenage
fans, is simply unbelievable. Carey's goal was to make a film that was truly
controversial - and blasphemous and he certainly succeeds. In his LA Times
review, Kevin Thomas wrote, ".there's nothing quite like it." Soundtrack by
Frank Zappa. Plus, Romeo Carey's work-in-progress documentary portrait of
his father (30 min.) Discussion following with Romeo Carey. Following its
rare revival at the Egyptian, THE WORLD'S GREATEST SINNER will finally make
its national theatrical debut in select theatres next year through "American
Cinematheque Presents."/Vitagraph Films and later on video and DVD.
Following at 9:00 PM is a double feature. First on the bill is THE
KILLING, (1956, MGM/UA, 83 min). Director Stanley Kubrick's tough-as-nails
heist film about a robbery at a race-track features an incredible rogues'
gallery of great character actors, including Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray,
Elisha Cook, Jr., Marie Windsor, and Timothy Carey as a hepcat killer with a
soft spot for both puppies and high-powered rifles. One of the most
entertaining crime films ever made, propelled by Kubrick's no-nonsense
approach and screenwriter Jim Thompson's biting, chiseled in stone dialogue
(based on Lionel White's novel Clean Break).
Next on the same bill is THE OUTFIT, (1973, MGM (Warners), 103 min). Dir.
John Flynn. Excellent, unsentimental 1970's crime film in the tradition of
GET CARTER, with professional thief Robert Duvall out to avenge his brother'
s death at the hands of the mob, and running smack into gangland chief
Robert Ryan and sadistic enforcer Timothy Carey. Joe Don Baker and Karen
Black turn in fine supporting performances, along with a virtual Who's Who
of film noir greats including Jane Greer, Richard Jaeckel, Sheree North,
Marie Windsor and Elisha Cook, Jr. Another taut adaptation of one of
Richard Stark/Donald Westlake's Parker novels (John Boorman's POINT BLANK
was the first).
Sunday, November 5, 2000
The Sunday, November 5th program begins at 5:00 PM with THE KILLING OF A
CHINESE BOOKIE, (1976, Castle Hill, 129 min). A close friend of
director/writer John Cassavetes (who also cast him in MINNIE & MOSKOWITZ),
Carey stars here as Flo, a hulking Hollywood mobster who plots to take over
the Sunset Boulevard strip club run by Ben Gazzara. Cassevetes perfectly
captures the outcast world of grifters, deadbeats and gunmen that Carey
seemed to inhabit in so many of his films.
The Sunday, November 5th program continues at 7:45 PM with THE WORLD'S
GREATEST SINNER, (1962, 82 min). Dir. Timothy Carey. [Repeat. See 11/4 at
6:00 PM for description.] Screening as part of this program are two shorter
works. "TWEET'S LADIES OF PASADENA," (1972, 60 min). (directed by Timothy
Carey.), was a pet project of Carey's (he reportedly turned down a role in
THE GODFATHER so he could work on it). TWEET'S was the pilot for a
never-aired late-night TV series, starring Carey as the only male member of
a Pasadena ladies' sewing circle, whose mission in life is to find clothes
for naked animals! Rampant, John Waters style madness ensues. Also
screening is the short Plus short, "Cinema Justice," (1972, 6 min). An
outtake from director Steve DeJarnatt's featurette TARZANA, "Cinema Justice"
is a single, 6-minute shot of Carey as a Korean War vet raving about
exploding bombs and drawers full of useless medals. Totally improvised,
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NO FILMS ARE AVAILABLE ON VIDEOTAPE (NTSC) IN OUR OFFICES. CALL TO SCHEDULE
AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE "WORLD'S GREATEST SINNER" or shorts at Romeo Carey's
studio. LOCAL VIDEO STORES MAY ALSO HAVE SOME TITLES. PLEASE CALL FOR A
LIST OF TITLES ON VIDEO TAPE.
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WISHING TO AUDIO OR VIDEOTAPE DISCUSSIONS MUST ALSO SEND A WRITTEN REQUEST.
THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
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