MAJOR HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL
FANS WILL TRIP BACK TO SEE
Exactly two weeks later Los Angeles-area fans of Austin Powers will be able to join him on a ‘film festival trip’ back to the 60’s - to find the ‘movie mojos’ that inspired the creation of Austin Powers.
That is because The American Cinematheque - the non-profit organization dedicated to presenting festivals of the world’s finest films to public audiences in Los Angeles - will present a major retrospective of movies that capture the fun essence of the Swingin’ Sixties - including many of the films which inspired Mike Myers to create his character. The festival - which runs from Friday June 25 to Sunday July 4, 1999 is titled:
MODS & ROCKERS!
The festival will be presented in the Cinematheque’s new permanent home - the gloriously restored 1920’s landmark Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood - which after a $15 million renovation features state-of-the-art technical facilities.
The 23 films in the festival were produced between 1963 and 1969 - and were chosen because they reflect all the fun, style, fashion and music of the 1960’s. And also because each film looks like it could have starred Austin Powers! The majority of the films are British - augmented with a few American 60’s classics.
Most of the films have not been seen theatrically in America since they premiered over 30 years ago. And some of the films have never been seen in America - not even on television or video - and this is certain to appeal to movie buffs and 60’s fans alike.
The festival couldn’t be better-timed. It opens exactly two weeks after the June 11 world premiere of the highly-anticipated new Mike Myers movie - Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me - the sequel to his 1997 hit movie Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery. The Austin Powers phenomenon draws deeply on the kitsch elements of 60’s movies - and the immense popularity of the character among young audiences reflects an interest in the era that extends well beyond the nostalgia of baby-boomers.
The festival’s organizers believe that this celebration will be fun not just for the huge nostalgia-seeking baby-boomer audience - but also for the vast legions of 15-40 year-olds who have discovered the camp fun of the 1960’s through Austin Powers.
The festival also comes in the summer that marks the 35th anniversary of the Beatles-led ‘British Invasion’ of English pop stars - and just two months before the much-heralded theatrical reissue of A Hard Day’s Night - Richard Lester’s Beatles film which is widely credited with having rejuvenated youth movies and musicals, influenced 60’s film making and which still inspires music-video directors 35 years later.
Many of the world’s top actors will be seen in the films selected for the festival - including British stars such as Michael Caine, Michael Crawford, Julie Christie, Vanessa Redgrave, David Hemmings, Roddy McDowall, Oliver Reed, Charlotte Rampling, Sarah Miles, James Fox, Edward Fox, Roy Kinnear, Leo McKern, Jane Birkin, Ron Moody, Jacqueline Bisset, Eleanor Bron and Peter Cook & Dudley Moore - and American stars such as Jack Nicholson, Raquel Welch, Teri Garr, Ruth Gordon, Annette Funicello, Harvey Korman, Bruce Dern, Dennis Hopper, Pam Grier, Garry Marshall, Victor Mature, Tuesday Weld & Lee Marvin.
Because so many 60’s movies incorporated musical appearances - such as the obligatory ‘party sequence’ - and because there were a large number of musicals and documentaries made - festival-goers will also enjoy rarely-seen musical performances by the biggest pop stars of the era - including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Dave Clark Five, Herman’s Hermits, Lulu, The Monkees, Peter & Gordon, Pink Floyd, Small Faces, Spencer Davis Group (featuring Stevie Winwood), The Yardbirds, recently-knighted British pop icon Sir Cliff Richard, a solo turn by Mick Jagger and movie debuts by very young future rock legends Mick Fleetwood, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and John McLaughlin - appearing in their first groups!
With many of those 60’s pop stars having been expected to act as well as sing - audiences will also see ‘thespian’ turns from The Beatles, The Monkees, The Dave Clark Five, Mick Jagger and Lulu among the many musicians-turned-actors.
Other familiar personalities making guest appearances in the films include such diverse pop icons of the 60’s as David Hockney, Sonny Liston, Frank Zappa, Howard Cosell, Allen Ginsberg, enigmatic Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham and prototype actress/model/whatevers Anita Pallenberg and Jean “The Shrimp” Shrimpton. (The ‘whatever’ for 60’s super-models often included being a Rolling Stone girlfriend....)
Several of the world’s top directors are represented in the festival - including Michelangelo Antonioni, John Boorman, Stanley Donen, Richard Lester, Russ Meyer, Bob Rafelson, Nicolas Roeg, Michael Winner and Peter Yates. In the case of Boorman, Rafelson, Roeg and Yates - the festival will screen their debut films as directors.
Familiar names in the unfamiliar role of screenwriter include Jack Nicholson and movie critic Roger Ebert.
Festival attendees will also experience movie scores by some of the world’s most respected musicians - including debut scores by Herbie Hancock, George Harrison, Dudley Moore and soundtrack compositions and/or performances by John Barry, Jack Nitzsche, Ry Cooder, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Lowell George, Steve Howe, Carole King, Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Gene Parsons
Highlights of the festival include:
THE OPENING NIGHT MOVIE (Friday June 25 at 7:00pm)
* Stanley Donen’s BEDAZZLED - the 1967 spoof on the Faust legend written by, and starring, Peter Cook & Dudley Moore. Supported by a program of rare 60’s UK TV extracts featuring Cook & Moore.
* Richard Lester’s Beatles feature HELP! - the 1965 sequel to A Hard Day’s Night and Lester’s 1965 comedy THE KNACK starring Michael Crawford.
* A new director’s cut of the surreal WONDERWALL - the 1968 cult movie never previously seen in America - which boasted George Harrison’s first (and only) movie score. The revised version includes the film’s long-lost (and previously-unused) Blue Jay Way-like theme song – recently discovered in Harrison’s vaults.
* Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 definitive swingin’ London classic BLOW-UP starring David Hemmings and Vanessa Redgrave.
* Bob Rafelson’s 1968 directing debut - HEAD starring the Monkees in an offbeat comedy - loosely scripted by Rafelson and a young Jack Nicholson.
* John Boorman’s 1965 debut HAVING A WILD WEEKEND - which stars The Dave Clark Five - the British group who for one year were second in American popularity only to The Beatles (and who were widely - and wrongly - tipped to surpass them!)
* Nicolas Roeg’s directing debut - the gothic PERFORMANCE featuring Mick Jagger and James Fox.
* Peter Yates’ first film - the 1963 musical comedy SUMMER HOLIDAY - starring evergreen British pop icon, recently knighted Sir Cliff Richard (who aged 59 is still having Top 40 hits in the UK - over 41 years after his 1958 launch as the “British Elvis”!)
* Camp American movies which tried to exploit the late 60’s hippie trend. The tell-it-all titles include: PSYCH-OUT, RIOT ON SUNSET STRIP and BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (scripted by a very young Roger Ebert!)
* Kitsch British movies which traded on teenage infatuation with pop music. The revealing titles include: GONKS GO BEAT, THE GHOST GOES GEAR, GO-GO MANIA and the Michael Caine/Vanessa Redgrave-starring TONITE LET’S ALL MAKE LOVE IN LONDON.
As usual with American Cinematheque festivals - there will be post-screening Q&A sessions with many of the filmmakers, actors and musicians who created the movies.
Names of the guests will be announced soon.
The festival will come to a grand conclusion on the afternoon of Sunday July 4th with a special family event. Seeking to celebrate the final Independence Day of the Millennium with a spirit of reconciliation between the US and the UK - The Cinematheque is throwing a spectacular MODS & ROCKERS ENGLISH TEA PARTY!
Those attending will first enjoy a screening of GO-GO MANIA - a classic 60’s Brit-pop concert movie featuring the Beatles, the Animals, Herman’s Hermits, Peter & Gordon etc. etc. The ‘veddy’ British fun will then continue in the surreal Pharaoh-themed courtyard at the Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre with the Tea Party. The attractions will include: Great British food & drink, live 60’s music by top musicians, surprise 60’s pop star guests, a 60’s fashion show, and a costume contest - with prizes for the best-dressed Mods & Rockers!
The festival has been created and is being produced by the team responsible for some of the American Cinematheque’s most successful film festivals of the past ten years - humorist/producer Martin Lewis (a longtime member of the Cinematheque’s Board of Trustees) and Dennis Bartok - the Cinematheque’s Programming Manager.
Film festivals created and produced by Lewis & Bartok for the Cinematheque include tributes to comedic talents such as Monty Python, Richard Pryor, Peter Cook and Peter Sellers, film directors such as Ken Russell and Nicolas Roeg and the movies of Britain’s Hammer Films and Channel Four. The two-week Python retrospective - Monty Python: Lust For Glory! - was the comedy troupe’s official 25th anniversary celebration - and was a major public and critical success.
The American Cinematheque was founded in 1984. It has presented film festivals, retrospectives and tributes celebrating some of the world’s greatest filmmakers. The organization is strongly supported by leading members of the film and TV community ranging from actors, directors and producers to top studio executives.
The Cinematheque’s Boards of Directors and Trustees include many of the film industry’s most respected leaders - including: Francis Coppola * Barry Diller * David Geffen * Brian Grazer * Goldie Hawn * Mike Medavoy * Mike Nichols * Sydney Pollack * Martin Scorsese * Steve Tisch * Billy Wilder * Saul Zaentz.
Its annual fundraiser - The Moving Picture Ball - has honored many of Hollywood’s biggest stars - including: Arnold Schwarzenegger (1998) * John Travolta (1997) * Tom Cruise (1996) * Mel Gibson (1995) * Rob Reiner (1994) * Michael Douglas (1993) * Sean Connery (1992) * Martin Scorsese (1991) * Ron Howard (1990) * Steven Spielberg (1989) * Robin Williams (1988) * Bette Midler (1987) * Eddie Murphy (1986)
The Cinematheque’s festivals, tributes, opening receptions and annual Moving Picture Ball are frequently attended by the leading lights of the entertainment industry and consistently attract extensive media attention.
THE FILM FESTIVAL - INFO & TICKETS
Film Festival Tickets: $7 ($5 for Cinematheque members)
THE JULY 4th ENGLISH TEA PARTY - INFO & TICKETS
July 4th Tea Party $20 ($15 for Cinematheque members)
GRAUMAN’S EGYPTIAN THEATRE - LOCATION
Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre is located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood. It is two blocks east of Highland Avenue between McCadden Place and Las Palmas Avenue.
Friday June 25 - Sunday July 4, 1999
Michael Caine * Vanessa Redgrave * Jack Nicholson * Michael Crawford * Julie Christie * Oliver Reed * Raquel Welch * Roddy McDowall * Ruth Gordon * Teri Garr Bruce Dern * Lee Marvin * Peter Cook & Dudley Moore * Edward Fox * James Fox * Dennis Hopper * Garry Marshall * Sarah Miles * The Beatles * Mick Jagger * The Monkees * Dave Clark Five * Lulu * & the ‘Super-Marionated’ cast of “Thunderbirds Are Go!”
THE ON-CAMERA MUSICAL PERFORMERS
The Beatles * The Rolling Stones * The Monkees * Pink Floyd (featuring Syd Barrett) * The Dave Clark Five * The Animals (featuring Eric Burdon) * Peter & Gordon * Herman’s Hermits (featuring Peter Noone) * Sir Cliff Richard * Ginger Baker * Jack Bruce * Mick Fleetwood * The Yardbirds (featuring Jeff Beck & Jimmy Page) * Spencer Davis Group (featuring Stevie Winwood) * Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas * Lulu * Small Faces
Michelangelo Antonioni * John Boorman * Stanley Donen * Richard Lester * Russ Meyer * Bob Rafelson * Nicolas Roeg * Michael Winner * Peter Yates
THE SIXTIES ICONS
David Hockney * Sonny Liston * Frank Zappa * Annette Funicello * Allen Ginsberg * Victor Mature * Anita Pallenberg * Jean Shrimpton Howard Cosell
SOUNDTRACK MUSIC COMPOSED AND/OR PERFORMED BY
Herbie Hancock * George Harrison * Dudley Moore * John Barry * Randy Newman * Jack Nitzsche * Lowell George * Steve Howe * Carole King * Harry Nilsson * Buffy Sainte-Marie * Eric Clapton * Gene Parsons * Ringo Starr
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