Saturday, 25 May 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 160: Sun Jun 9

Pretty Maids All in a Row (Vadim, 1971): Cinema Museum, 4pm

The Cinema Museum are running a season celebrating all things Star Trek and today in a double-bill with the film Star Trek IV they are showing this Gene Roddenberry collaboration with Roger Vadim.

Here is the Cinema Museum introduction: This fourth instalment not only sees the first use of extensive location shooting but the passage of time has delivered us with a delicious 1980s time capsule. Appropriately for a story of time travel, the supporting feature takes us to the equally exotic 1970s. In a parallel universe Gene Roddenberry’s 1971 collaboration with Roger Vadim, Pretty Maids All in a Row – starring Rock Hudson, Angie Dickinson and James Doohan amongst others – revolutionised another genre in much the same way Star Trek did science fiction. In the event we are left with a fascinating what-if and a colourful but rarely seen cinematic experience.

Pretty Maids All in a Row is always cited by Quentin Tarantino as one of his favourite movies (you can see his top dozen here) and this is a rare chance to see the film on the big screen. It's a weird one.

Here is an extract.

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