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Vitagraph Films 360 presents "Cinema '62 A-Go-Go," a virtual multi-media extravaganza for film-lovers - based on the book Cinema '62: The Greatest Year at the Movies.

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Oct 10, 2020, 3:00 PM


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Vitagraph Films 360 presents "Cinema '62 A-Go-Go," a virtual multi-media extravaganza

for film-lovers - based on the book Cinema '62: The Greatest Year at the Movies. This

unique virtual experience features special guests, film talk, musical performances,

cocktails, a cascade of memories… and YES, there will be dancing!

"Cinema '62 A-Go-Go" is more than a book talk, more than a Q&A, more than an

interview. In a variety show format, it re-examines the year in film and everything in

between as we delve into the cultural context of when these films were made - with

special guests, cocktails of the era, major amounts of music, prophetic politics and even a

little dancing.

Baby Boomers will reminisce - and every other generation will be enthralled by how this

year resonates today with some of the most prescient - and in some cases, woke motion

pictures ever made!

Our itinerary involves surprising secrets from behind the screen, songs the American

public pushed up the pop charts and much more! Arrive via Zoom at this film

conversation-meets-cocktail party-meets-variety show, dressed in your 1962 finest (the

audience WILL see each other at various points in the show), to enjoy this virtual

gathering. Hosts/authors Michael McClellan and Stephen Farber will treat the audience

to film history surrounding select 1962 films, combined with musical interludes, such as a

tribute to Henry Mancini (Time Magazine’s “hottest music man in Hollywood”) and an

opportunity to learn the early 1960s dance sensation, “The Twist.” There will also be

interviews with Pop Culture experts, a look at Cold War politics and how they still

resonate today, a vintage cocktail demonstration and much more!

Charles Phoenix, Ambassador of Americana, singer/pianist/recording artist Tony DeSare, Singer Mary Stanford, 1960s music expert and author Domenic Priore and singer Al Martino’s daughter, Alison Martino, authors Jeremy Arnold (Lawrence of Arabia: The 50th Anniversary, TCM: The Essentials) and Tom Santopietro (Considering Doris Day), plus, Stiletto City's Kastle Wasserman with a cocktail demo, are all confirmed to appear on the show. More talent updates to be announced.

Some of the films of 1962 that will be touched on in various episodes of “Cinema ’62 A-

Go-Go” include:

THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES (director: Blake Edwards)

DIVORCE ITALIAN STYLE (director: Pietro Germi)

GYPSY (director: Mervyn LeRoy)

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (director: David Lean)

LOLITA (director: John Frankenheimer)

LONELY ARE THE BRAVE (director: David Miller)

LOVER COME BACK (director: Delbert Mann)

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (director: John Frankenheimer)

THE MUSIC MAN (director: Morton DaCosta)

PRESSURE POINT (director: Hubert Cornfield)

A TASTE OF HONEY (director: Tony Richardson)

THAT TOUCH OF MINK (director: Delbert Mann)

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (director: Robert Aldrich)


The core of this first episodic series, “Cinema ’62 A-Go-Go,” is the book Cinema ‘62: The

Greatest Year at the Movies (Rutgers Press) from authors Stephen Farber and Michael

McClellan. The authors make the bold claim that 1962 is a pivotal year in world cinema,

one that eclipses all others – including the often referenced, 1939. The book is movie

history with a twist, an amalgam of pop culture, critical analysis, and juicy anecdotes of

more than fifty memorable films. Discounted book prince on our website .


Stephen Farber teaches film criticism in the Department of Film, Television and Digital

Media at UCLA. He is a past president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and one

of the country’s leading film critics and historians, as well as the author of several books

about Hollywood history.

Michael McClellan is a film commentator, historian, and strategist. He has worked within

the film industry his entire professional career, and most recently served as the Senior

Vice President/Head Film Buyer for Landmark Theatres, the nation’s largest specialized

film exhibitor. He is producing “Cinema ’62 A-Go-Go” with Vitagraph Films.

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