PRIMITIVE LONDON 1965
U.K. film. Excellent quality. 4:3 aspect ratio. A "Mondo" film that captures the seedy side of London in the mid-60s. But there's much more…particularly for aficionados of 1960s rock and roll and youth culture. Yeah! We're told about the three types of teenagers: Mods, Rockers and Beatniks. We see a mod in a male boutique and learn about motor scooters and the peacock trend in male dress. It's all very cool! Rockers wearing metal-studded leather jackets and jackboots explain their feelings towards mods, motorcycles and government. At the Ace Café, while the Beatles, "Can't Buy Me Love" is playing, rockers get into a huge brawl; then "make out" with their girlfriends!
Teenage girls soak in a bathtub wearing blue jeans so they'll shrink to a skintight fit. A fab record store segment shows screaming teenage fans mauling Billy J. Kramer as he walks into a record store for a guest appearance while former 1950s teenage star, Terry Dene goes unnoticed amid the chaos.
Merseybeat/R&B group The Zephyrs (who also appeared in the film, Be My Guest) are shown rocking in a club while mods are dancing wildly. Teenagers are interviewed about beatniks, lifestyle choices, music, drugs, sex, marriage, etc. A bluesy guitar and harp player wail out in a crowded pub.
Also: A hair salon showcasing the latest hairstyles. Cynical advertising men conjure up a new sales pitch for coffee. A fashion show featuring topless dresses. Women practicing judo and getting tattoos. Male bodybuilding and wrestling. Fat, hairy men in Turkish baths. A Jack the Ripper reenactment. Prostitutes in dark alleys. Wife swapping parties. Excellent footage of London streets during the day and night. Much more! Primitive London!
Plus this bonus selection...
U.K. documentary. Three girls who make their living as striptease artists are the subjects of this short film. The camera captures the girls on-stage, at home and shopping in and around London. Close-up shots really help this film make its point (or should I say points!). For some inexplicable reason there is a brief scene showing The Who performing in a small club. (!?)
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