Contrary to popular belief, sex wasn't invented in the 1960s; it goes back at least as far as the 1920s. For proof, check out the IT Girls, Flappers, Jazz Babies, & Vamps festival at Film Forum. Until the Motion Picture Production Code put the kibosh on all the fun in 1934, Hollywood regularly made movies about strong, seductive, and sexually active women. The festival runs from March 11th through the 24th. Highlights include:
- IT (1927). No, not a horror film. "IT" means "sex appeal," and Clara Bow's got plenty of it! Silent film, with live piano accompaniment.
Plus Joan Crawford's private home movies! (See image above.)
Film Forum is located at 209 West Houston Street, between Sixth Avenue and Varick Street.
Over at Anthology Film Archives, they continue their tribute to American International Pictures. From the 1950s through the 1970s, A.I.P. made every conceivable type of B-movie--fantasy, science fiction, horror, bikers, cave girls, hippies, juvenile delinquents, etc. This third part of the festival focuses on blaxploitation, and that means plenty of super soul sister Pam Grier, in all of her bodacious glory. The festival runs from March 11 through the 20th. Highlights include:
- Black Mama, White Mama (1973). Pam Grier and Margaret Markov in a distaff version of The Defiant Ones (1957). With lots of women-in-prison lesbian licentiousness. Co-written by Jonathan Demme!
A.I.P. wasn't afraid to mix genres, and Anthology is also screening several of their blaxploitation/horror hybrids:
- Blacula (1972). From vamps to vampires. William Marshall stars as the Count with a thirst for blood. (Pam Grier was in the sequel, Scream, Blacula, Scream.) Marshall later appeared as the King of Cartoons on Pee-wee's Playhouse.
Anthology Film Archives is located at 32 Second Avenue, at the corner of East 2nd Street.