Monday, March 29, 2010

THE NAME OF THE GAME IS KILL + co-feature in L.A. on March 30th!



The Cinefamily & Grindhouse Film Festival present
THE NAME OF THE GAME IS KILL
+ THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD
Cinefamily @ The Silent Movie Theatre
611 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036-1714
(323) 655-2510

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 -- 8:00 p.m.


THE NAME OF THE GAME IS KILL (a.k.a. THE FEMALE TRAP) - 8:00pm
Directed by Gunnar Hellström, 1968, 35mm, 84 min.
Starring Jack Lord, Susan Strasberg, Collin Wilcox, Tisha Sterling

A pre-HAWAII 5-O Jack Lord stars as transient Hungarian émigré Symcha Lipa, who is picked up by mysterious beauty Mickey Terry (Susan Strasberg from THE TRIP and PSYCH OUT) outside a semi-deserted town in northern Arizona. Symcha suspects nothing unusual about the lovely Mickey until she takes him back to the Terry family's decaying gas station and introduces him to her troubled sisters Diz (Collin Wilcox) and Nan (Tisha Sterling)... and their estranged mother. He soon finds himself entangled in a murderous web of lust and deceit, culminating in one of the most unforgettable climaxes ever to be filmed. Loosely inspired by screenwriter Gary Crutcher's own experiences, THE NAME OF THE GAME IS KILL (shown on TV as THE FEMALE TRAP) contains "moments of Bava-like brilliance" (Joe Dante, Castle of Frankenstein) and features a hauntingly beautiful score by Stu Phillips as well as masterful cinematography by a young Vilmos Zsigmond.

Shown for the first time on the big screen since its release over 40 years ago, using a rare archival 35mm print on loan from the George Eastman House!

SPECIAL GUESTS will include screenwriter Gary Crutcher, cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, and composer Stu Phillips (Please note: Guests may change based on availability).

PLUS: the first 100 patrons will receive a free THE NAME OF THE GAME IS KILL "prize pack"!!!

And stick around for our second exciting feature...


THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD
Directed by J. Lee Thompson, 1975, 35mm, 105 min.
Starring Michael Sarrazin, Jennifer O'Neill, Margot Kidder, Cornelia Sharpe

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This event is co-sponsored by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures
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Special thanks to The George Eastman House and Harry Guerro

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

One-Sheet of the Week: SMARTIE PANTS (1975)


SCHULMÄDCHEN-REPORT 5: TEIL – WAS ELTERN WIRKLICH WISSEN SOLLTEN / SCHOOLGIRL REPORT 5: WHAT ALL PARENTS SHOULD KNOW (1973)

U.S. release in 1975 as SMARTIE PANTS

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bill Gunn's STOP to screen in Brooklyn on April 4th!



We're thrilled to report that a VHS copy of Bill Gunn's STOP (#5 on our seemingly neverending "Endangered List") will be screened for free at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on Sunday, April 4th as part of a terrific 4-day retrospective of Gunn's challenging, powerful, and fascinating body of film work. As far as we know, this will be the first public screening of STOP in 20 years [More details can be found below and here].


BAMcinématek presents
The Groundbreaking Bill Gunn

Thursday, April 1
PERSONAL PROBLEMS (1980)
@7pm

Written by Ishmael Reed
Directed by Bill Gunn
with Vertamae Grosvenor, Walter Cotton, Sam Waymon, Ishmael Reed

A pioneering video work, which premiered at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and screened on WNYC in New York, is self-described by writer Ishamel Reed as an "avant-garde soap opera...which permitted black producers, a black director, black actors, and black writers and actresses to have control over their work."


Friday, April 2
GANJA & HESS (1973) -- Introduced by Pearl Bowser
@6:50, 9:15pm

Written and directed by Bill Gunn
with Duane Jones, Marlene Clark, Bill Gunn, Sam Waymon

"Ganja & Hess is jolting, jagged, lyrical, mythic and utterly unclassifiable, as avant-garde as the most independent film of today or any of the New American Cinema work from the 1960s or audacious studio films of the 1970s, with resonances one isn’t likely to encounter ever again.”Hammer to Nail

Cult hero Duane Jones (star of Night of the Living Dead) plays a doctor who, after traveling through Africa, takes on the characteristics of a vampire. A hard-to-find masterpiece of 70s American cinema, the film is a complete original, mind-bending and brutal. “One of the most beautiful and unusual films ever produced in the United States.” —Ishmael Reed


Saturday, April 3
THE LANDLORD (1970)
@2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm

Screenplay by Bill Gunn
Based on the novel by Kristin Hunter
Directed by Hal Ashby
with Beau Bridges, Lee Grant, Diana Sands, Pearl Bailey

“Something like a Marx Brothers movie charged up on LSD and left-wing politics… a compelling and adventurous spectacle, which feels simultaneously like a time capsule and a crucial influence on such recent films as The Royal Tenenbaums and Half Nelson.”Salon

WASP-y rich kid Elgar Enders (Bridges) buys an apartment building in then-gritty Park Slope with plans to evict the current residents and turn it into a ritzy home for himself. When the black tenants refuse to move out, however, Enders is launched into a series of comic misadventures that begin to change his outlook on life and attitude about race. Hal Ashby’s pointed comedy strikingly predicts contemporary concerns regarding gentrification and presents a nuanced, daring exploration of race relations in America that is surprisingly ahead of its time.


Sunday, April 4
STOP (1970) -- Free screening on VHS
@2pm

Written and directed by Bill Gunn
with Marlene Clark, Richard Dow, Edward Bell, Linda Marsh

An emotionally violent poet and his wife leave their snowy confines and head to San Juan, their marriage imploding. Filmed in languorous soft light, the images turn from dreamlike to hallucinogenic when another couple enters their orbit. One of the first studio films by an African-American director, yet unique by not focusing on race, having an experimental narrative and introducing a homosexual element new to the period. Perhaps all reasons it was never released. Free screening presented on video.


THE ANGEL LEVINE (1970)
@4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm

Screenplay co-written by Bill Gunn
Based on the story by Bernard Malamud
Directed by Ján Kadár
with Zero Mostel, Harry Belafonte, Gloria Foster

An adaptation of the whimsical Bernard Malamud story about an elderly Jewish tailor (Mostel) who suffers from a bad back, a dying wife, and financial problems. Just when things look as if they can’t get any worse, a black Jewish man (Belafonte playing the bad boy of heaven) shows up in his kitchen claiming to be an angel from God sent to help.

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Endangered List (Case File #67)



GOODNIGHT JACKIE (1973)

Starring
Wendell Burton (Bobbie)
Lana Wood (Jackie)
Gregory Sierra (Paul)
Kristina Holland (Phyllis)
Christopher Norris (Donna)
Jim Backus (Mr. Landry)

also starring
Barry Williams
and
Ivor Francis


Directed by
Jerry London

Written by
Lloyd J. Schwartz

Produced by
Chris Morgan

Executive producers
Lloyd J. Schwartz
and
Jerry London

Director of Photography
Ric Waite

Music by
Fred Karlin

Running time: 94 minutes
MPAA rating: R (submitted by Horizon Films)

A Calliope Productions Inc.
presentation

Released by
General Film Corporation (1974)

Re-released in 1975 as GAMES GUYS PLAY

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Happy Birthday JERRY LEWIS!



Be sure to check out all of our previous Jerry Lewis posts, including last year's Jerry Lewis Week birthday celebration!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Cinemation Industries: The Filmography (1968-1976)



AFRICA BLOOD AND GUTS (1970) -- Edited version of AFRICA ADDIO, originally released in the U.S. by Rizzoli in 1967

ALL THE KIND STRANGERS (1974) -- TV movie originally aired on November 12th, 1974 on ABC


ATTACK OF THE KUNG FU GIRLS (1974) -- U.S. release of TIE WA (1973). Also released as KUNG FU GIRL. A photo of Angela Mao from STING OF THE DRAGON MASTERS was featured prominently in the advertising, even though Mao didn't appear in the film. Rated PG.

BABY DOLL (1970) -- Re-release of 1956 film originally released by Warner Brothers. Rated R in 1969.

BEAT A DEAD HORSE (1975) -- Starring Tony Anthony. Re-released in 1976 by Cee Note as GET MEAN.

THE BLACK GODFATHER (1974) -- Also known as POWER TO SPARE.

THE BLACK SIX (1973) -- Re-released in 1979 by Independent Artists

CAMPER JOHN (1973) -- Also known as ONCE UPON A TRIBE, GENTLE SAVAGE, and UP YOURS, PILGRIM! Re-released as I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE.

CHALLENGE (1974)

THE CHALLENGE OF GREATNESS (1975) -- Also released as THE CHALLENGE: A TRIBUTE TO MODERN ART. Re-released by New Line Cinema in 1977.

THE CHEERLEADERS (1973) -- Released with a self-applied X rating. Rated R in 1975 and re-released by Vanguard Releasing.

CONFESSIONS OF A DIRTY COP (1973) -- See THE MAD BOMBER

DETECTIVE GERONIMO (1973) -- See THE MAD BOMBER


THE DYNAMITE BROTHERS (1974) -- Re-released as STUD BROWN in 1975. Later re-released by Independent-International Pictures under both titles.

THE FAÇADE -- Starring Max Von Sydow. Released on a double bill with ILLUSIONS. No other information available.

FANNY HILL (1969) -- U.S. release of 1968 film, presented by Jerry Gross & Nicholas M. Demetroules. Released with a self-applied X rating. Rated R in 1973.

THE FEMALE ANIMAL (1970) -- First Cinemation release after Nicholas M. Demetroules departed the company. Released with a self-applied X rating. Rated R in 1978 as TEENAGERS FOR SALE when re-released by Independent-International Pictures.

FRITZ THE CAT (1972) -- Rated X. Re-released by American International Pictures.

FROM EAR TO EAR (1971) -- U.S. release of LES COUSINES (1970). Rated X in 1971. Also known as THE COFFIN. Re-released as THE FRENCH COUSINS.


GOD'S LITTLE ACRE (1970) -- Re-release of 1958 film originally released by United Artists. Rated GP in 1970.

GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES FOR ADULTS (1970) -- U.S. release of GRIMMS MARCHEN VON LUSTERNEN PARCHEN (1969). Released with a self-applied X rating. Re-released by NMD Film Distributing (Nicholas M. Demetroules) as THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SNOW WHITE in 1977 with a self-applied X. Rated R in 1978.

THE HORRIBLE HOUSE ON THE HILL (1974) -- See PEOPLETOYS

THE HUNCHBACK OF THE MORGUE (1973) -- U.S. release of EL JOROBADO DE LA MORGUE.

I DRINK YOUR BLOOD (1971) -- Rated X in 1971 and edited for R rating. Re-released by Independent-International Pictures and Monarch Pictures.

I EAT YOUR SKIN (1971) -- Del Tenney's 1964 film VOODOO BLOOD BATH. Rated GP in 1971. Re-released by Independent-International Pictures and Monarch Pictures.

I KILL FOR KICKS (1970) -- Re-release WAKE UP AND DIE. Artwork was later used for THE MAFIA WANTS BLOOD.


IDAHO TRANSFER (1973) -- Filmed in 1971. Rated R in 1973, edited for PG.

ILLUSIONS -- Starring James Coco and Marcel Marceau. Released on a double bill with THE FAÇADE. No other information available.

INGA (1968) -- U.S. release of JAG - EN OSKULD (1968), presented by Jery Gross & Nicholas M. Demetroules. Released unrated. Rated R in 1973.

JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN (1971) -- Rated R in 1971, edited for GP.

JULIET OF THE SPIRITS (1970) -- Re-release of 1965 film GIULIETTA DEGLI SPIRITI, originally released in the U.S. by Rizzoli

KILL OR BE KILLED (1970) -- Re-release of UCCIDI O MUORI, originally released in the U.S. by Rizzoli in 1967

THE MAD BOMBER (1973) -- Also released in 1973 as CONFESSIONS OF A DIRTY COP, THE POLICE CONNECTION and DETECTIVE GERONIMO

MADAME BUTTERFLY (1970) -- Re-release of 1954 film originally released in the U.S. by Rizzoli

THE MAFIA WANTS BLOOD (1974) -- U.S. release of 1970 film CANNABIS. Artwork used in the ad campaign was originally commissioned for I KILL FOR KICKS.

THE MAGIC BIRD (1972) -- U.S. release of PUTIFERIO VA ALLA GUERRA (1968), also known as THE PERILS OF PROBLEMINA


THE MAN FROM O.R.G.Y. (1970) -- Advertised as THE MAN FROM O.R.G.Y. in THE REAL GONE GIRLS. Also known as THE REAL GONE GIRLS.

MANIACS ON WHEELS (1971) -- U.S. release of FORMULA 1: NELL'INFERNO DEL GRAND PRIX (1970). Rated G in 1971.

THE MOMENT OF TRUTH (1970) -- Re-release of IL MOMENTO DELLA VERITA, originally released in the U.S. by Rizzoli in 1965

MONDO CANE (1970) -- Re-release of 1962 film originally released in the U.S. by Rizzoli in 1963. Rated R in 1970.

MONDO CANE 2 (1970) -- Re-release of MONDO PAZZO (1963), originally released in the U.S. by Rizzoli in 1965. Rated R in 1970.

THE NIGHT GOD SCREAMED (1973) -- Rated GP in 1971. Also known as WHISPERS IN THE DARK.

OH! CALCUTTA! (1972)

PEOPLETOYS (1974) -- Also released by Cinemation as THE HORRIBLE HOUSE ON THE HILL. Later released by Seymour Borde & Associates as DEVIL TIMES FIVE.

THE POLICE CONNECTION (1973) -- See THE MAD BOMBER

THE PROSTITUTE (1975) -- Also known as TO BE A ROSE. Starring Sandra Dempsey. Directed by William A. Levey.

THE RAGE WITHIN (1970) -- U.S. release of DELITTO AL CIRCOLO DEL TENNIS (1969). Also known as SHE'S A BORN LOSER.

THE REAL GONE GIRLS (1970) -- See THE MAN FROM O.R.G.Y.

RED DESERT (1970) -- Re-release of IL DESERTO ROSSO (1964), originally released in the U.S. by Rizzoli in 1965

RUN BEFORE THE WIND (1972)

SAVAGE ABDUCTION (1973) -- Filmed in 1972 as THE BLOODY SLAYING OF SARAH RIDELANDER

THE SCARLET ROOM (1974) -- U.S. release of LE HASARD ET LA VIOLENCE

THE SEDUCERS (1970) -- U.S. release of TOP SENSATION (1969). Also released as SENSATIONS. Rated X in 1970. Re-released by Joseph Brenner Associates. Edited for R rating in 1985.


THE SEDUCTION OF INGA (1972) -- U.S. release of NAGON ATT ALSKA (1971). Released with a self-applied X rating. Also released as THE TEMPTATION OF INGA. Re-released by Independent-International Pictures as INGA AND GRETA. Submitted to the MPAA in 1984 by Spectradyne, Inc.

SHANTY TRAMP (1970) -- Re-release of 1967 film originally released by Trans-International Films. Rated R in 1973 and re-released by Ellman Film Enterprises.

THE SHELTER OF YOUR ARMS (1976) -- Re-release of TURKISH DELIGHT (1974), edited for an R rating.

SON OF DRACULA (1974) -- Re-released by Cinemation in 1975 as YOUNG DRACULA

STAVISKY (1974)


STING OF THE DRAGON MASTERS (1974) -- U.S. release of TAI QUAN ZHEN JIU ZHOU (1973). Re-released by World Northal in 1981 as WHEN TAEKWONDO STRIKES

STUD BROWN (1975) -- Re-release of THE DYNAMITE BROTHERS (1974). Later re-released by Independent-International Pictures under both titles.

SWEET BABY CHARLIE (1971) -- Re-release of THE SADIST (1963). Rated R in 1971.

SWEET SWEETBACK'S BAADASSSSS SONG (1971) -- Released with a self-applied X rating. Rated R in 1974 when re-released by New World Pictures.

TEENAGE MOTHER (1971) -- Re-release of 1967 film. Rated GP in 1971.

TEENAGE SEX REPORT (1972) -- U.S. release of MADCHEN BEIM FRAUENARZT (1971). Released with a self-applied X rating. Submitted to the MPAA in 1976 and rated R when re-released by Beacon Releasing Corporation as THE TEENY BOPPERS.

TURKISH DELIGHT (1974) -- U.S. release of TURKS FRUIT (1973). Released with a self-applied X rating. Rated R in 1976 and re-released as THE SHELTER OF YOUR ARMS.

TWO WOMEN IN GOLD (1971) -- U.S. release of DEUX FEMMES EN OR (1970)

UNDER COVER ROGUE (1970) -- Re-release of LE VOCI BIANCHE (1964), originally released in the U.S. by Rizzoli in 1965

THE UNHOLY CONVENT (1976) -- U.S. release of STORIA DI UNA MONACA DI CLAUSURA (1973)

A VERY HANDY MAN (1970) -- Re-release of LIOLA (1964), originally released in the U.S. by Rizzoli in 1966

WAKE UP AND DIE (1970) -- Re-release of SVEGLIATI E UCCIDI (1966), originally released in the U.S. by Rizzoli in 1967. Also released by Cinemation as I KILL FOR KICKS.

WANG YU'S 7 MAGNIFICENT FIGHTS (1974) -- U.S. release of HAI YUAN CHI HAO (1973)

WHIRLPOOL (1970) -- Rated X

YOUNG DRACULA (1975) -- See SON OF DRACULA


Announced

ABDUCTION (1975) -- Released by Venture Distribution

THE BELOVED (1972) -- Released by Joseph Brenner Associates in 1978 as RESTLESS

BLOOD OF THE VIRGINS (1972) -- U.S. release of Emilio Vieyra's SANGRE DE VÍRGENES (1967)

BUGS (1972)

CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGER (1972)

GINGER (1970) -- Released by Joseph Brenner Associates in 1971

A GIRL CALLED JULES (1972) -- U.S. release of LA RAGAZZA DI NOME GIULIO (1970), this was released as JET SET SWINGERS by several other companies beginning in 1973.

PAPERINO (1974) -- U.S. release of NON SI SEVIZIA UN PAPERINO / DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING (1972)

THE TRANSPLANT (1972) -- U.S. release of IL TRAPIANTO (1970)

VANISHING AFRICA (1972) -- Re-release of KWAHERI (1964), which was still playing the exploitation circuit in the early '70s and was submitted to the MPAA in 1974 (Rated R).

The following films were all announced as Cinemation releases in 1973, but were released by International Co-Productions instead:

BECAUSE OF THE CATS (Rated X, edited for R rating)
DEMONS OF THE MIND
FEAR IN THE NIGHT
MADE
OUR MISS FRED
STRAIGHT ON TILL MORNING
'TIS PITY a.k.a. 'TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE (Rated X, edited for R rating)
UP THE CHASTITY BELT


Compiled by Chris Poggiali

Sunday, March 14, 2010