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POP! ART! FILM!

An eye-popping eight film series brings Pop Art wildness to the Ritz this January!

POP! ART! FILM!

This January, join us on Monday nights at the Ritz for four eye-popping double features celebrating the wild world of 1960's pop art!  

 

Each double feature is only $10!

1/6 - BATMAN THE MOVIE & WHO WANTS TO KILL JESSIE?

BATMAN: THE MOVIE (35mm)
Commodore Schmidlapp, Ms. Kitka, The Joker, The Riddler, The Penguin, Catwoman, and Batman battling a rubber shark -- where would the world be without BATMAN: THE MOVIE? It's a comedic steamroller that leaves nothing but BIG FUNN in its wake. Every beloved element of the show is expanded, from Adam West's dry delivery as Batman ("They may be drinkers, Robin, but they're still human beings.") to the electrifying visual design. One-part 1940s serial homage, one-part living mid-1960s Batman comic book, and one-thousand-parts boon to all of mankind.

WHO WANTS TO KILL JESSIE? (digital)
Seeking escape from his marriage to fellow scientist Rose, Professor Henry finds himself transfixed by the characters in a comic book. Henry's fantasies become reality, as a machine breathes life into super-heroine Jessie and villains Superman and Pistolnik! This movie deserves to have fifteen exclamation points after its title. It's a head-on collision between William Klein’s WHO ARE YOU POLLY MAGOO? and Harvey Kurtzman’s 1950s MAD MAGAZINE, though far more discerning (and fun) than either of those experiments. Communication by word balloons! Crude-yet-amazing visual effects! Beautiful 1960s typography! It all equals an ultra-fun absurdist comedy with over-the-top action and bubbling sexuality.

1/13 - MASCULIN FEMININ & EROTISSIMO

MASCULIN FEMININ (35mm)
This movie points the way towards Godard's politically didactic, post-'60s revolutionary movies -- only it's a million times more fun than any of those. There's a wild and reckless feeling of engagement with the exploding youth culture of '60s Paris. Brigitte Bardot and Francoise Hardy both show up and political agitating and cool haircuts are given equal footing. Yé-Yé girl Chantal Goya plays a pop star adjusting to her newfound fame while torn between relationships with a teenage subversive and her two flirtatious roommates. Full of improvised dialogue, playful pop music and the sort of effervescent cool that belongs only to the French, this portrait of “The Children of Marx and Coca-Cola” is a revolutionary masterpiece from start to finish.

EROTISSIMO (digital)
Experiencing EROTISSIMO is like watching plastic fireworks from a rubber merry-go-round. This movie is a machine gun that shoots colors. Its pop art ingredients don't just pop - they explode. The wife of an emotionally distant business man is inundated with reminders of sex from all directions. An omnipresent barrage of erotic triggers leave her feeling neglected and she begins a losing campaign to recapture her husband's attentions. An anarchic satire of the advertising age, EROTISSIMO leaps from scene to scene with a whirlwind of rapid cutting, eye-popping style and all guns trained on pure mod pop fun!

1/20 - MR. FREEDOM & SATANIK

MR. FREEDOM (35mm)
In 1966, famed photographer/sculptor/expatriate William Klein decided to make some movies. Ferociously anti-American and overflowing with visuals that feel like they were crafted in Claes Oldenberg's garage, MR. FREEDOM is the crowning point of Klein's prolific career. Commanded by Dr. Donald Pleasance, bone-headed superhero Mr. Freedom travels to France to battle the French Anti-Freedom conglomerate. He joins forces with femme a fatale (Delphine Seyrig) and a band of anti-communist freedom fighters to battle over-the-top communist foes, including "Maoist Red China Man," which is portrayed as a giant inflatable dragon. Funny, violent, and insane, MR. FREEDOM is the Salvador Dali/John Wayne collaboration that never happened.

SATANIK (16mm)
This is a scuzz-filled Euro-trash adaptation of the long-running Italian fumetti of the same name. It's about an "old" woman with hideous face-scars who consumes a substance that turns her into a savage killing machine. In other words: the best! As an added bonus, SATANIK is also a rip-off of DANGER: DIABOLIK, but with improvements. Like stylized stripteases in black body suits. Gore. And water skiing! If this movie was called "Jess Franco Presents: JAMES BOND FRANKENSTEIN," the amount of complaints heard throughout the world would be zero.

1/27 - THE FRIGHTENED WOMAN & FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES

FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES (16mm)
If Jean Rollin and Stanley Kubrick watched LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, then decided to make a semi-documentary on the queer underworld of 1960s Japan, it would be called FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES. Mythological underpinnings give way to an experimental melange of real footage from Shinjuku bohemia and fantastically realized comic book dreams -- all mixed together in a cocktail of radical visual flourishes, stroboscopic cross-cuts, sex, drugs and public toilets. A transgressive study in surrealist displacement that hits like a landmine, buried for decades but deadlier than ever.

THE FRIGHTENED WOMAN (35mm)
It's movies like this that make us want to pack up our belongings, grow little bitty mustaches, put on white linen suits and move to Europe. We can pretty much guarantee that you'll never see an S&M soap opera like this rolling out of Hollywood anytime between now and the first extreme snowboarding championship in Hell. Bodacious Dagmar Lassander stars as an ingenue learning the ropes (literally) from satanic Phillipe Leroy, whose whole crib is like Six Flags for perverts. Free-association faux-psychological screenwriting is brought to life with absurdly opulent production values and pinwheel visual exuberance. The door into and out of the sex gym is in the shape of a vulva between two giant sculpted legs! Let's all move in together.

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