Rupert Pupkin Speaks: Underrated '65 - Samuel B. Prime ""

Monday, July 27, 2015

Underrated '65 - Samuel B. Prime

Samuel B. Prime is a writer, film curator, and archivist based in Los Angeles, where he currently works in film distribution. He is presently writing and editing a two-volume set for The Critical Press on the pioneering and highly influential LA-based pay cable station, the Z Channel, which existed from 1974 - 1989. As a film curator, he has helmed high-profile screening events for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and UCLA's Melnitz Movies. Otherwise, he deeply admires Dick Cavett's savoir faire. Find him online at www.lacinesalon.com for essays and free streaming movies.
Samuel also moderated a cool commentary track with director James B. Harris on the new Blu-ray of SOME CALL IT LOVING which just recently came out from Etiquette Pictures:
Have a look at his Film Discoveries list for RPS from back in 2012 in which he mentions SCIL:



Also Check out his Underrated '85, and '75 lists here:
http://www.rupertpupkinspeaks.com/2015/03/underrated-samuel-b-prime.html
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1. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MR. LEONARD COHEN (Don Owen, 1965)
Don Owen is a gentleman who hustled hard and made the films he wanted to with money from the Canadian government. Often he was under contract to produce and direct short documentaries, but would instead make narrative features (ex. NOBODY WAVED GOODBYE, THE ERNIE GAME) or in this case a forty-five minute portrait of Leonard Cohen when he was a poet but the world didn't know it. This is pre-songwriting Leonard Cohen. All three of the films mentioned here are freely available to stream via the National Film Board of Canada: https://www.nfb.ca/explore-all-directors/don-owen/.

2. DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE BIKINI MACHINE (Norman Taurog, 1965)
Vincent Price as a mad scientist. Sexy bikini-clad ladybots. A catchy theme song by The Supremes. If this is not mankind's greatest achievement, it is surely one of its very strangest. 

3. THE KNACK... AND HOW TO GET IT (Richard Lester, 1965)
Dick Lester's Palme d'Or-winning satire that is too often dismissed in today's world as a willfully misogynist fairy tale. The central joke is the chasm of gossipy disdain made manifest by the elder generation in reaction to the mods, rockers, and other youth in various stages of finding out who, what, and why they are. Absolutely one of the most unforgiving, wonderfully uncomfortable and funniest films ever.

4. THE 10TH VICTIM (Elio Petri, 1965)
In the not-so-distant future, the 'most dangerous game' is also the nation's favorite sport. This is kind of like the art house predecessor to Paul Bartel's DEATH RACE 2000, but since it features Marcello Mastroianni you know that it is more about marriage and romance than murder-sports. 

5. FILM (Alan Schneider, 1965)
Samuel Beckett's first and final filmic foray. Buster Keaton must go on, can't, though he will. 

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