Here's Johnny!

The narration in 1967’s rollicking exploitation film Mondo Teeno: Teenage Rebellion is delivered with the seriousness of an STD public service announcement: "Across the country, every Friday and Saturday night, they gather in the temples to perform ceremonial dances to a rhythm that seems to reach back in time. It's called the beat." Originally shown as a drive-in double bill with Mondo Mod, Mondo Teeno is a bizarre “documentary report” offering footage of mods and rockers running amok in Brighton, teen riots on the Sunset Strip, a student revolt in Paris, and go-go dancing in Tokyo, as well as some sensational remarks on surfing, LSD, the Pill, hip-huggers, and beatnik happenings -- which leads, of course, to prostitution. Tonight, Johnny Legend -- the man behind Andy Kaufman’s My Breakfast with Blassie and a few choice sexploitation flicks (check out tomorrow’s screening) -- presents this movie along with a 1966 concert film very dear to his heart: The Big T.N.T. Show. Produced by Phil Spector as a sequel to the The T.A.M.I. Show, T.N.T. was filmed at Hollywood’s Moulin Rouge Theater with The Byrds, Bo Diddley, Ike and Tina Turner, Ray Charles, the Lovin’ Spoonful, and a slew of others (keep an eye out for Legend in the audience). Neither of these movies reveal the “truth about the ‘Now’ Generation” but they are irresistible fun.
Mon., July 30, 6:10 & 8 p.m., 2012

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