1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

THE MOVIE ORGY

Epic Movie Mash-Up by Joe Dante
Joe Dante in person!

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The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
August 11th, 2012

“In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Dante and producer Jon Davison traveled across America screening The Movie Orgy at boozy colleges and grindhouse theaters. Today, the film can be regarded as one of the great artifacts of post-war pop culture, a jaw-dropping extravaganza of Saturday matinee B-movie trailers, commercials, Army training and sex hygiene films, newscasts, music clips, and Christian kiddie programs that have been stitched together into a demented but sharply political narrative. The film will surely be a revelation to those only familiar with the montage films of Bruce Conner and Christian Marclay’s more recent sensation, The Clock (2010).” – Museum of Modern Art film calendar

“When the director Joe Dante was assembling his epic-length mash-up, The Movie Orgy, in the late 1960s, he scoured the East Coast for castoff footage – educational films, commercials, TV shows, forgotten drive-in features – that would lend itself to being creatively re-edited. ‘Back in the day,’ Mr. Dante said, ‘there were lots of mom and pop 16-millimeter rental sources, often attached to camera stores. When the prints became too tattered, they were often junked, in pieces. If you knew the guy behind the counter, sometimes he’d just give the stuff away.’ Working with Jon Davison, a friend and fellow student at the Philadelphia College of Art, Mr. Dante massaged his found material into a hilarious metamovie in which five or six stories seem to be going on at once (giant grasshoppers invade Chicago, as flying saucers attack Washington), constantly interrupted by prom night dos and don’ts, stomach-churning commercials for laxative pills and disturbing excerpts from children’s television shows (including a stuffed cat and mouse who perform ‘Jesus Loves Me’ on piano and drums). In the wild juxtapositions, the outlines of two future careers are apparent: Dante’s as a director (Gremlins) and Davison’s as a producer (Airplane!).” – Dave Kehr, The New York Times

Program Details:
THE MOVIE ORGY (1968, USA, DVCam, 270 minutes with no intermission)

THE MOVIE ORGY will be presented in a new digital transfer made from Dante’s own unique 16mm print. Organized by Gabe Klinger with the assistance of Joshua Siegel, Mark Alan, Elizabeth Stanley, and Joe Dante.

Joe Dante partial filmography: Piranha (1978), The Howling (1981), Gremlins (1984), The ‘Burbs (1989), Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), Matinee (1993), Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003), The Hole (2009)



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