Who Are The Stars Of The Festival?
Marlon Brando Lynn Redgrave Alan Bates Michael York John Cleese Graham Chapman Peter Cook Dudley Moore Walter Matthau James Coburn Rita Tushingham Richard Burton James Mason Richard Pryor John Huston Denholm Elliott Charlotte Rampling Maureen O'Sullivan Teri Garr Roddy McDowall
THE MUSICAL PERFORMERS (on & off screen)
The Beatles The Rolling Stones Led Zeppelin The Who Jimi Hendrix Bob Dylan Eric Clapton Pink Floyd The Doors Donovan Jethro Tull Joni Mitchell The Byrds The Animals The Kinks The Moody Blues Traffic Free Emerson, Lake & Palmer Steppenwolf Ten Years After Spencer Davis Group The Troggs The Monkees Herman's Hermits Peter & Gordon Ringo Starr Mick Jagger John Lennon & Yoko Ono George Harrison Pete Townshend Stevie Winwood Jimmy Page Eric Burdon Olivia Newton-John Paul McCartney Miles Davis James Brown Little Richard Jerry Lee Lewis Fats Domino Johnny Cash Kris Kristofferson Glen Campbell Leonard Cohen Joan Baez Judy Collins John Sebastian Paul Rodgers Keith Richards Brian Jones Peter Noone Al Kooper
THE POP ICONS
Marianne Faithfull Anita Pallenberg Pattie Boyd-Harrison-Clapton Tiny Tim Busby Berkeley Lionel Blair Toni Basil Ruby Keeler Dorothy Lamour Rudy Vallee Xavier Cugat Guy Lombardo George Jessel Leo Gorcey Joe Louis Sugar Ray Robinson Johnny Weissmuller Butterfly McQueen Trini López Ed Sullivan Dick Clark Roger Ebert Walter Winchell Rona Barrett Jay (Tonto) Silverheels Colonel (KFC) Sanders Vidal Sassoon Mary Quant
The festival is a major retrospective of movies that capture the fun essence of the Swingin' Sixties - including many of the films which helped inspire Mike Myers and director Jay Roach devise the look and content of their Austin Powers movies.
The 30 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 - which makes them very appealing to movie buffs and 60's fans alike.
Who Are The Directors?
Clive Donner Val Guest James Ivory Murray Lerner Richard Lester Michael Lindsay-Hogg Joe Massot Barbet Schroeder
The festival will be presented at the American Cinematheque's recently acquired 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.
Who Will Enjoy The Films In This Festival?
This celebration will be fun not just for the nostalgia-seeking baby-boomers - but also for younger people who have discovered the camp fun of the 1960's through Austin Powers or other movies and music. Of course it helps if you can get to Los Angeles...
The festival opens on Friday June 30th - and runs till Wednesday July 12th 2000.
So Who's Behind This Groovy Festival?!
The festival is presented by The American Cinematheque - the non-profit organization dedicated to presenting festivals of the world's finest films to public audiences in Los Angeles.
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. 1994's 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. Last year's Mods & Rockers Film Festival was also wildly successful.
Some reflections on the philosophy behind this film festival - according to one of its creators.
(Note: This editorial piece solely reflects the PERSONAL views of its author - humorist & commentator Martin Lewis - [the festival co-creator/producer/host] - and does not represent the views of the American Cinematheque or any other person or organization)
Every generation regards the decade in which it comes of age as golden - and for the baby-boomers it was the 60's. In recent years, Blue-Meanie revisionists have attempted to tarnish that decade's reputation. Now comes this second Mods & Rockers film festival to continue the restoration of that era's rightful luster.
The essence of the 60's that so terrorizes its sourpuss detractors is its exuberance - and that blazes bright in these films.
Of course many of the era's films were irredeemably silly and some of those are presented in the festival too - for they are no less valid and offer the guilty pleasures that only deliciously empty calories can provide!
What ALL of these films do is remind us of a decade that - at its best - engaged with the soaring Apollonian heart of the human spirit. And that even at its worst - still put us in the mood for a good shag! And as we struggle to come to terms with the Brave New World of the Third Millennium - that's not a bad thing!
Co-creator/producer/host of the Mods & Rockers 2000 Film Festival
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