Pop.Art.Film. Double Feature: BATMAN THE MOVIE & WHO WANTS TO KILL JESSIE?

Director Leslie H. Martinson/Václav Vorlícek
Year 1966
Starring Adam West, Burt Ward/Olga Schoberová, Jiří Sovák
Run Time 185min

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.

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