Wednesday, November 28, 2018

More details on Rated X December 14 - January 8 at the Quad

Brace yourselves for an X-rated Xmas! The Quad reveals the initial lineup for our 50th anniversary survey of the MPAA's infamous "X" classification

Featuring over 25 cinematic excursions into forbidden sex (real, simulated, and animated) and uncensored violence. Highlights include: In the Realm of the Senses, A Clockwork Orange, Sebastiane, Snuff, The Evil Dead, Klute, Maîtresse, Salon Kitty, I Am Curious (Yellow), and more!

Fifty years ago the Generation Gap was widening, the Vietnam War was beaming onto television screens nightly, and filmmakers were pushing the envelope worldwide. What was the Motion Picture Association of America, the trade grouping of Hollywood’s major studios, to do so as to better inform anxious parents about which films were suitable for what ages? U.S. President Lyndon Johnson appointed longtime associate Jack Valenti to head the MPAA, and on November 1, 1968 the latter conceived a new industry Code of Self-Regulation and an alphabet-based “voluntary ratings system” to indicate the presence of sexual and/or violent content. The X rating drew a line in the sand: no one under 18 (or, per a 1970 redraft, 17) was to be admitted to a theater showing an X-rated movie. Some felt this didn't go far enough towards eliminating content considered "obscene," while others felt it would lead to draconian censorship.

Since the X rating wasn't trademarked, the burgeoning pornographic-film industry quickly appropriated it to apply to their own product as a disreputable seal of approval and a point-of-pride marketing tool (“triple-X-rated!!!”). After initial cachet and notoriety, Hollywood shied away from X-rated movies, as many mainstream theater owners were squeamish and newspapers wouldn’t accept ads; films initially tagged X were recut to obtain a more commercially safe R rating. The scarlet letter was superseded in 1990 with the less-desirable, more-avoided, and awkwardly monikered NC-17 rating. Since the original rating allowed many a film to let its freak flag fly and many a filmmaker creative freedom, the Quad invites patrons of all ages to fire up the holiday season with a look back at films that occasioned heated debates over what was deemed adult (albeit not always mature) entertainment.

Schedule through January 5 available HERE. Additional titles to be announced.

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Russ Meyer, 1970, U.S., 109m, DCP

A Clockwork Orange
Stanley Kubrick, 1971, UK/U.S., 137m, 35mm

De Sade
Cy Endfield, 1969, West Germany/U.S., 113m, 35mm

Desperate Living
John Waters, 1977, U.S., 90m, 35mm

Devil in the Flesh
Marco Bellocchio, 1986, Italy/France, 114m, 35mm

The Evil Dead
Sam Raimi, 1981, U.S., 85m, 35mm

Female Trouble
John Waters, 1974, U.S., 89m, 35mm

Fritz the Cat
Ralph Bakshi, 1972, U.S., 78m, 35mm

La Grande Bouffe
Marco Ferreri, 1973, France/Italy, 130m, DCP

Last Tango in Paris
Bernardo Bertolucci, 1972, U.S./France/Italy, 129m, DCP*
U.S. premiere of 4K restoration*

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
John McNaughton, 1986, U.S., 83m, DCP

The Hills Have Eyes
Wes Craven, 1977, U.S., 89m, DCP

I Am Curious (Yellow)
Vilgot Sjöman, 1967, Sweden, 121m, DCP

I Drink Your Blood
David Durston, 1970, U.S., 83m, DCP
Lindsay Anderson, 1968, UK, 111m, 35mm
In the Realm of the Senses
Nagisa Oshima, 1976, Japan/France, 109m, 35mm
Joseph W. Sarno, 1968, Sweden/U.S., 81m, 35mm

Alan J. Pakula, 1971, U.S., 114m, 35mm

Barbet Schroeder, 1976, France, 112m, DCP

Myra Breckinridge
Michael Sarne, 1970, U.S., 94m, 35mm

Salon Kitty
Tinto Brass, 1976, Italy/France/West Germany, 129m, 35mm

Paul Humfress/Derek Jarman, 1976, UK, 86m, DCP

T. Amazzo/Michael Findlay/Horacio Fredriksson/Simon Nuchtern,
1975, Argentina/U.S./Canada, 81m, 35mm

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song
Melvin Van Peebles, 1971, U.S., 97m, DCP

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Tobe Hooper, 1974, U.S., 83m, DCP

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
Tobe Hooper, 1986, U.S., 101m, 35mm

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
Pedro Almodóvar, 1989, Spain, 101m, 35mm

Women in Revolt
Paul Morrissey, 1971, U.S., 97m, 16mm

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