(NOTE! "RANDY" will begin at 21.30 tonight - NOT at 22.00 as originally posted!)
We welcome American writer Josh Alan Friedman, author of "NOW DIG THIS - THE UNSPEAKABLE WRITINGS OF TERRY SOUTHERN," for the third and final part of a 3-part series on Terry Southern who wrote or co-wrote the scripts to many of the most groundbreaking films of the American counter-culture period. Tonight he presents and discusses EASY RIDER tonight and Jack introduces the 35mm screening of RANDY THE ELECTRIC LADY.
18:00 = CAFÉ AREA OPENS
19:00 = INTRODUCTION BY JOSH ALAN FRIEDMAN
19.30 = EASY RIDER (1968 /
95 min.) – The
classic 60s "road film," the story of a search for freedom (or the
illusion of freedom) in a conformist and corrupt America, in the midst of
paranoia, bigotry and violence. Released in the year of the Woodstock concert,
and made in a year of two tragic assassinations (Robert Kennedy and Martin
Luther King), the Vietnam War buildup and Nixon's election, the tone of this
'alternative' film is remarkably downbeat and bleak, reflecting the collapse of
the idealistic 60s. Easy Rider, one of the first films of its kind, was
a ritualistic experience and viewed (often repeatedly) by youthful audiences in
the late 1960s as a reflection of their realistic hopes of liberation and fears
of the Establishment.
22.00 = RANDY THE ELECTRIC
LADY (75 min?) - 35mm print!, 1980, directed by
Phillip Schuman and staring Desiree Cousteau. (Brief introduction by Jack Stevenson) This
"lost" sci-fi porn comedy was reputedly co-written by Terry Southern
and constitutes his only involvement in a sexually explicit
film. (This vibrant XX version delivers nudity and sexual
explicitness but no penertation scenes). San Francisco's own Ben Van
Meter, a pioneer of psychedelic cinema, co-wrote and shot the film. It's bold, campy, satiric, sexy, romantic and bizarre.
With a soundtrack that veers between lounge, disco and punk, and trace
influences of everything from Rocky Horror to Clockwork Orange, it survives as
one of the most unique and curious "porn films" ever made.
(PLEASE NOTE: The ticket price allows you to attend one OR both films(!!!). If you have any questions contact our house manager, Jack, directly at email@example.com ... Remember that we cannot refund ticket money. If for some reason you are unable to attend it is your responsibility to sell your tickets to someone else or give them to a friend.)