BLUE WILD ANGEL: JIMI HENDRIX LIVE AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT
2001 (shot 1970), 102 min. Dir. Murray Lerner. An awesome document of Jimi Hendrix at the height of his powers, BLUE WILD ANGEL captures the guitarist roaring through "All Along The Watchtower", "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" and a unique medley of "God Save The Queen" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Band members Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox and others recount the electric atmosphere at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, which also featured The Who, the Doors and Miles Davis.
The story behind BLUE WILD ANGEL is almost as interesting: the festival promoters agreed to let filmmaker Murray Lerner document their landmark event. However, financial and other difficulties prevented the movie from being completed for over 25 years. Lerner finally secured the funds to complete his film, and he incorporated the performances and backstage shenanigans into the acclaimed documentary "Message To Love." BLUE WILD ANGEL focuses solely on Hendrix's performance at the Festival, including much never-before seen footage. Incidentally - Lerner subsequently won an Academy Award winner for his documentary about violinist Isaac Stern's concert tour of China - "From Mao To Mozart"
Cast and Crew Reunion!
THE BUTTERCUP CHAIN
1970, Columbia, 95 min. A lovely, melancholy little gem about lost love and fleeting friendships from director Robert Ellis Miller (THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER), THE BUTTERCUP CHAIN stars 60's icon Jane Asher and Hywel Bennett (from THE FAMILY WAY) as a pair of cousins in Swinging London who ensnare American free spirit Leigh Taylor-Young (at her Mod best) and Scandinavian hunk Sven-Bertil Taube into their rondelay of bed-hopping. Barely released in the U.S. in 1970, and unseen for over 30 years (until now), THE BUTTERCUP CHAIN is a wistful, pastel-colored and patchouli-scented time capsule of an era when Love Was All Around ...
Jane Asher, Leigh Taylor-Young,
Hywel Bennert and Sven-Bertil Taube
Discussion following with actress Leigh Taylor-Young, director Robert Ellis Miller and producers Philip Waddilove and John Whitney.
The Mod Who Would Be Caine!
THE ITALIAN JOB
1969, Paramount, 101 min. Dir. Peter Collinson. A rollicking heist caper with imprisoned criminal genius Noel Coward enlisting Michael Caine and his band of Mini Minor-driving thieves to create a gigantic traffic jam in Turin, Italy so they can make off with a busload of gold. The very funny open-ended finale has to be seen to be believed, and serves to redefine the term "cliffhanger!" (Closet Benny Hill fans will spot him as a key gang member!)
Michael Caine and Maggie Blye in The Italian Job
1966, Paramount, 114 min. Dir. Lewis Gilbert. "Me life's me own - to do what I like with," observes Cockney loverboy Michael Caine as he bounces from one gorgeous bird to the next, including Vivien Merchant, Jane Asher and Shirley Anne Field, always trying to stay one step ahead of true feeling or commitment. A brilliant comic portrait of the high cost of loving, 1960's style, based on Bill Naughton's play. Features a superb score by jazz giant Sonny Rollins. Film also features Shelley Winters.
I Saw Some Films Today!
THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN
1969, Paramount, 93 min. Dir. Joseph McGrath. Eccentric millionaire, Guy Grand (Peter Sellers) knows that most folks will do anything for money and sets out to prove it with the help of adopted hobo son, Ringo Starr, in this riotously funny satire written by Terry Southern and director McGrath, from Southern's novel. Anarchy reigns with hilarious cameos along the way by John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Christopher Lee, Roman Polanski and Raquel Welch. Beatle Paul lent a hand by writing and producing the theme song, "Come And Get It."
There will be a discussion following THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN with producer Tony Unger.
1969, 76 min. As a tribute to the late, great George Harrison, who composed WONDERWALL's shimmering, sitar-laced score, and to director Joe Massot, who sadly passed away recently, we bring back one of our Mod Fest's most popular offerings, a gloriously meaningless, headtripping fantasy about an eccentric scientist (Jack MacGowran) who discovers a secret window into the endless sex life of gorgeous nymph Jane Birkin (Serge Gainsbourg's main squeeze and co-moaner of "Je T'aime Moi Non Plus"!) The restored version of the film features a long-lost song produced by Harrison during the film's scoring sessions, which had been lying forgotten for nearly 30 years in his personal vaults. Plus, Massot's short film "REFLECTIONS ON LOVE",1965, 13 min., an exuberant Cinemascope portrait of Swinging London featuring Patti Boyd's sister Jenny (and a cameo by the Fab Four!)
I Saw Some Films Today!
HOW I WON THE WAR
1967, MGM/UA, 110 min. Maverick A HARD DAY'S NIGHT and HELP! director Richard Lester recruited John Lennon (in his first solo acting gig) for this wildly surreal satire on war movies, featuring Michael Crawford (THE KNACK) as a blissfully unaware idiot charged with building a cricket pitch behind enemy lines during World War II. Although set in the 1940's, HOW I WON THE WAR couldn't be more 60's in tone, featuring abrupt time shifts, jump cutting and Lester's patented brand of biting slapstick humor. With Jack MacGowran.
John Lennon in How I Won The War
THE FAMILY WAY
1966, Warner Bros., 114 min. Dir. Roy Boulting. Beautiful, bittersweet story of newlyweds Hayley Mills (in her first adult role) and Hywel Bennett (THE BUTTERCUP CHAIN) who are unable to consummate their marriage because of a cancelled honeymoon and too-close-for-comfort in-laws. Featuring terrific supporting performances by Hayley's real-life father, John Mills, and the wonderful Marjorie Rhodes. Best known for its fine, Paul McCartney-penned score, and for Hayley's brief flashes of nudity (and her scandalous off-screen romance with director Roy Boulting, 33 years her senior!), THE FAMILY WAY deserves to be re-discovered as an overlooked gem of 1960's filmmaking. And for the pleasure of hearing McCartney's score - gorgeously arranged and conducted by George Martin.
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
1978, New World, 101 min. Dir. Jeff Stein. This legendary documentary on the Who features a wealth of ultra-rare footage, including quintessential 60's moments and killer live performances in the 70's from the anarchic Mod quartet, along with interviews with individual members Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle and Keith Moon.
The Who in The Kids Are Alright
Discussion following with THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT director Jeff Stein.
The All-Day John Entwhistle Movie Salute Continues...
Very Special Ultra-Rare SDDS 5-Channel Stereo Print!
1975, Columbia, 111 min. Having already brought an outlandish, hellzapoppin' quality to such films as THE DEVILS, director Ken Russell was the perfect choice to helm the Who's landmark rock opera TOMMY, transforming it into a stream-of-consciousness catalog of wild performances from the likes of Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Tina Turner, Elton John, Keith Moon, Jack Nicholson and others.
Roger Daltrey as Tommy
LISTENING TO YOU: THE WHO AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL
1996 (shot 1970), 85 min. Drawing on the same wealth of concert footage that produced MESSAGE TO LOVE and BLUE WILD ANGEL, director Murray Lerner fashioned one of the finest portraits of the Who on stage, performing classics such as "My Generation," "Magic Bus" and "I Can't Explain" along with a dozen songs from the rock opera "Tommy."
1965, Avco Embassy, 122 min. Dir. John Schlesinger. Julie Christie sets off fireworks in her Academy Award-winning performance as a common girl in swinging London who achieves model stardom while breaking the hearts of intellectual writer Dirk Bogarde and decadent cad Laurence Harvey. The costume design and Frederic Raphael's incisive script also won Oscars.
Julie Christie in Darling
THE WHITE BUS
1967, MGM/UA, 46 min. Prior to "IF ..." director Lindsay Anderson made this striking, stream-of-consciousness short about a suicidal young secretary who experiences a hallucinatory tour of London.
Note New Starting Time!
Cult film composer Neil Hefti in person!
LORD LOVE A DUCK
1966, MGM/UA, 104 min. Dir. George Axelrod. One of the most-requested titles from our 1st Mod Fest is back!! Overgrown teenage outcast Roddy McDowall becomes fast friends and protector of cheerleader Tuesday Weld in this jaw-dropping, incredibly subversive black comedy. Lola Albright is Weld's alcoholic cocktail-waitress mom, Harvey Korman the puffed-up high school principal, Martin Gabel the Sam Arkoff-inspired exploitation auteur - and Ruth Gordon the poisonously-sarcastic mother-in-law addicted to yogurt and Stingers. Features one of the grooviest 1960's soundtracks ever, courtesy of the legendary Neal Hefti.
The film will be preceded by a special 30-minute "Mods & Rockers Trailer Show" featuring Swinging 60's trailers from the collection of Sabucat Productions!
Note New Starting Time!
Swinging 60's Sexploitation Double Header!
1969, First Run Features, 115 min. Amazingly groovy Euro-trash classic from erotic maestro Radley Metzger. Daniele Gaubert stars as a tragically beautiful aristocrat who can't seem to have fun no matter how much sex she has (don't you hate it when that happens??) Featuring a terrific Euro-lounge score by Piero Piccioni, and probably our favorite psychedelic S&M orgy scene, ever!
Danielle Guabert and Camille 2000 director Radley Metzger
COOL IT CAROL!
1970, 101 min. Dir. Peter Walker. Insanely rare, low-budget Mod sleazefest from Britain's answer to Russ Meyer, director Peter Walker, helmer of underground oddities like SCHOOL FOR SEX, STRIP POKER and HOUSE OF WHIPCORD. Charming Janet Lynn and Robin Askwith star as innocent young lovers who journey to big city London to pursue their dreams - and instead get sucked into a depraved whirlpool of all-night parties, anonymous sexual encounters and rock & roll. Guaranteed 100% sordid!!
Special Ticket Offer!! The "Secret Agent Spy-Pass" is available for Sat. July 6th - buy tickets to any 2 of the Michael Caine/Harry Palmer spy films And get a ticket to the 3rd film free!!
THE IPCRESS FILE
1965, Universal, 108 min. Dir. Sidney J. Furie. The first of three movies featuring the marvelous Michael Caine as author Len Deighton's low-key, irresistibly sexy thief-turned-spy, Harry Palmer. In THE IPCRESS FILE, Palmer is introduced to the hilariously inscrutable bureaucracy of the British Secret Service, while trying to find out who is behind a "brain drain" of top scientists. Features one of composer John Barry's most weirdly beautiful scores. With Guy Doleman, Sue Lloyd, Nigel Green.
The Mod Who Would Be Caine!
FUNERAL IN BERLIN
1966, Paramount, 102 min. Dir. Guy Hamilton. Nazi war criminals and Israeli agents complicate matters for Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) when he's assigned to help cantankerous Russian officer Oscar Homolka defect from East Berlin. Beautiful location work, another great score and the sultry Eva Renzi make the labyrinthian plot a pleasure to follow. With Paul Hubschmid, Guy Doleman.
BILLION DOLLAR BRAIN
1967, MGM/UA, 111 min. For BILLION DOLLAR BRAIN, producer Harry Saltzman turned to up-and-coming British director Ken Russell - and wound up with the most wildly surreal, and strangely poetic, film in the Harry Palmer series. Michael Caine finds himself wrapped in fur, roaming around the Scandinavian tundra with gorgeous, enigmatic Francoise Dorleac (Catherine Deneuve's sister, who died at a tragically young age), while they try to foil the megalomaniac plans of American general Ed Begley (giving one of the most deranged performances of the decade.)
Michael Caine and Francoise Dorleac
Directors Baird Bryant and Johanna Demetrakas In Person!!
CELEBRATION AT BIG SUR
1971, 20th Century Fox, 82 min. Dirs. Baird Bryant and Johanna Demetrakas. Classic documentary of the 1969 hippie fest at Big Sur, featuring stellar performances from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, John Sebastian, Joan Baez, Mimi Farina and others. A beautiful time capsule of a lost era in California counter-culture. Discussion following with directors Baird Bryant and Johanna Demetrakas.
Director Robert Amram In Person!
THE MINI MOB
1968, 84 min. From double Oscar-winning documentarian Robert Amram (who claims with a rueful grin that this movie ruined his feature film career!), THE MINI MOB is one of those only-in-in-the-Swinging 60's throwaways about a quartet of Mod princesses who are so desperate for boyfriends that they're forced to kidnap them. (Does this plot sound suspiciously like THE TOUCHABLES?!) Their quarries include a pirate radio deejay and pop singer Georgie Fame (who abruptly departed in the middle of shooting to promote a new record release in America - and forgot to return!) Featuring the Bee Gees' first-ever movie score.
Georgie Fame and Rosemary Nichols in The Mini Mob
1966, 24 min., Amram's amazingly-Mod paean to the lovely girls of London (complete with insane discotheque sequences and Carnaby Street fashion tips!)
Discussion following with director Robert Amram. (The post-mortem will then continue next door at the Pig & Whistle - where rare memories of the 60's will flow for the modest price of a pint of bitter!)
Director Jerzy Skolimowski In Person!!
1970, Paramount, 88 min. One of the great lost films of the late 1960's, from Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, DEEP END captures the sense of impending dread and spiritual breakdown at the end of the decade like no other movie. John Moulder-Brown stars as a teenage psychopath working in a public bathhouse who becomes obsessed with doe-eyed Jane Asher, with shocking results. Terrific score by krautrock greats Can and British songwriter Cat Stevens. Discussion following with director Jerzy Skolimowski.
John Moulder-Brown in Deep End
Note New Starting Time!
Led Zeppelin & the World's Worst Orchestra Movie Double-Bill!
THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME
1976, Warner Bros., 136 min. As a tribute to director Joe Massot (who passed away recently) we're bringing back his head-banging portrait of Led Zeppelin on tour (and at home) in 1973, stomping their way through "Stairway To Heaven," "Dazed And Confused," "Whole Lotta Love," and others - interspersed with wildly-bizarre fantasy segments featuring Plant, Page, Bonham and Jones in their acting debuts ...
Plus, the ultra-rare short film
HALLELUJAH! THE PORTSMOUTH SINFONIA AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL
1974, Springtime!, 24 min. Dir. Rex Pyke. Dubbed "The World's Worst
Orchestra" (though many feel that to be an under-statement!) - The
Sinfonia massacres Beethoven, Bach and many other composers in their
first (and last!) Albert Hall concert. The Portsmouth Sinfonia (whose
members included Brian Eno and noted film composer Michael Nyman) were
cult heroes in Britain throughout the 70's for their gloriously
incompetent performances of classical music. A baroque forerunner of the
punk ethos. The "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah" - with a
choir of 350 of the World's Worst Singers - is a fitting finale ...
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