Movie Mike Presents : Morbid Movie Madness - A Survey of Serials of the 30s and 40s First Chapters of Thrilling Tales in Real 16mm!
Date: June 30th
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, 11215 Brooklyn
Here is real 16mm film, not video! Show is a cross-section of the serial genre of the 30s and 40s consisting of first-chapters of a variety of serials, including the Phantom Creeps (Lugosi as mad scientist with monster robot) Undersea Kingdom (Crash Corrigan in Atlantis via atomic submarine), In Darkest Africa (Clyde Beatty and flying Bat Men in the Lost City) Captain Marvel (the wizard Shazam transforms young Billy into a superhero). First-chapters introduce all the characters and explain the plot challenge, show the best bits to pull you in, and end in a cliffhanger. They are the most coherent chapters and play well as standalone shows.
The Screening will be hosted and presented by Movie Mike, who will be introduced by Joel Schlemowitz, the Morbid Anatomy Museum's Resident Film Programmer and Arcane Media Specialist
Real 16mm Film, Not Video!
FIRST THINGS FIRST:
A SURVEY OF SERIALS OF THE 30S AND40SFIRST CHAPTERS OF THRILLING TALES!
First-chapters are always the most coherent and play well as standalone shows because they introduce the characters, the hero, villain, setting and story line, so you know who's who and what's going on. And end in a classic cliff-hanger. Chapter One is designed to pull you in, so it shows you a lot of the best bits, you get to see the flying guy, robot, atomic submarine, invisibility belt, magic transformation, whatever, and most serials never quite rise to the level of that first chapter.We'll see first-chapters of Captain Marvel, The Phantom Creeps, Undersea Kingdom, Darkest Africa. For program notes and pix, see below.
THE PHANTOM CREEPS (1939)
The Phantom Creeps serves up a turkey club with lots of ham and cheezyum!
Bela Lugosi is Doctor Zorka, who plans to rule the world or something. It's neverquite clear what he wants, but who cares when you have an invisiblity belt and a silly-looking robot. The scuttling little robot spider carrying its capsule of sleeping gas defies explanation!
Directed by Ford Beebe and Saul A. Goodkind.
Mike Olshan is a New York-based journalist, editor and photographer who has been archiving 16mm film for over 40 years. He was formerly editor of the film/TV production journal Millimeter and of Videoplay Magazine. He's best known as the screening producer and film show host Movie Mike.
Over the years, Mike has produced various film screenings for colleges, museums, senior centers, schools and pub back rooms. His work includes screening and lecturing at the Anthology Film Archives, Millennium Film Workshop and the Robert Beck Memorial Cinema. He has also screened and lectured at the Singapore Art Museum and at Singapore's independent arts institute, The Substation.
For the past several years, Mike has produced an annual outdoor Community Garden Series in Brooklyn and the Vintage Film Room at the Lunacon Science-Fiction Conventions. He was The Voice In The Night for an irregularly-scheduled series of Midnight Movie Madness shows at Collective Unconscious.
A film photographer who favors the use of high-end vintage equipment, Mike's a Board member at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists' Coalition.He's a frequent contributor of photos, copy and research for the forgotten-ny.com website. If you have a long memory, you might recall his Do-It-Yourself Lobotomy Kit ad in the National Lampoon.
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