Friday, 30 October 2015

Capital Celluloid 2015 - Day 317: Fri Nov 13

Mondo Hollywood (Cohen, 1967): Barbican Cinema, 8.15pm

This is part of the '1966 with Jon Savage' strand at Barbican Cinema., which includes Andy Warhol's film 'The Velvet Underground and Nico – A Symphony of Sound'. You can find all the details here.

Here is the Barbican introduction to Mondo Hollywood:
This 1960s free-form documentary explores a truly psychedelic Hollywood and lays bare the more unusual, outer fringes of the glitzy showbiz town. The opening vignette features the original hippie-vegan Gypsy Boots, and from there we go from one interesting character to another: from Dr Richard Alpert, who worked with the LSD pioneer Timothy Leary; the gays rights activist and fashion designer Rudi Gerenreich and the sculptor Valerie Porter as well as better known names like Frank Zappa, Jayne Mansfield, Bobby Beausoleil and Sonny and Cher. This cult classic documentary has gone on to influence more recent films such as Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, and remains a fascinating testament of individuals in the L.A. area in the 60’s.

After the screening, we are delighted to be joined by Jon Savage for a Screen Talk and book signing.

Here (and above) is a trailer made for the DVD release.

Here is a link to the director of tonight's film, Robert Carl Cohen, talking to Paul Thomas Anderson at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

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