Dir. Bob Rafaelson (1968).
Ostensibly made to promote the Monkees, Bob Rafaelson’s first movie is a barrage of non-sequiturs in which the “pre-fab four” are scarcely more than a textual effect in a non-stop barrage of wacky sight gags and pop culture references. Head quoted or travestied the well-televised movies of the ‘40s while providing cameos for a déclassé, near freakish, assortment of celebrities. It’s an echt ‘60s experience. Adding to the assault, everything is tricked out with gimmicky effects, cartoon clips and, most outrageously, newsreel footage of the Vietnam War.
Fri., Oct. 15, 9:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 17, 6:45 p.m., 2010