Philly is taking an inexplicable trip back in time to the days of David Bowie, the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, and unabashed male nudity in the arthouse market. This week’s special screening schedule is oddly unified in its celebration of trippy films from the late 1960’s and ’70s. For those looking for an alternative to the superhero slump of the summer, head to a few of the city’s top cultural destinations for a chance to see a few mind–bending films that continue to push the envelope.
The Man Who Fell to Earth
The role that solidified Bowie’s reputation as an otherwordly being has lost some of its acuteness since 1976 — now you’re more likely to find Bowie in Tommy Hilfiger ads than in avant–garde allegories. Despite being badly dated in parts, The Man Who Fell to Earth nonetheless deserves to be seen for the sound and vision of one of rock’s most indelible shape–shifters in his most creative period. Catch an uncut version in honor of the film’s 35th anniversary. Thursday, July 28, Ritz at the Bourse, check website for tickets and showtimes
Sister Ray Slam
One of campus’ true gems, the Institute of Contemporary Art, is hosting a 60’s, Warholian factory extravaganza in honor of current exhibit “That’s How we Escaped”: Reflections on Warhol. The Secret Cinema will screen rarely–seen Warhol shorts and “screen tests” while four bands reinterpret the Velvet Underground’s epic “Sister Ray.” As if this truly unique event for art, film, and music lovers alike didn’t have a broad enough appeal, free ice cream will be served and beer available for purchase. The Free for All event promises to make a Warhol superstar out of everyone. Wednesday, Aug. 3, 8–11 p.m.
Unseen Pierre Clementi
For most of us, the “unseen” part of “Unseen Pierre Clementi“ goes without saying. Nonetheless, the International House maintains its proud reputation as a destination for devoted cinephiles. Featuring the European actor’s experimental ventures into directing as well his work as an actor, the two–night run celebrates an actor of all–trades who congregated with some of the most renowned names in European film history. Of a specific time and place in cinema, Clementi embodies a bygone golden age of unrestrained vision. Friday–Saturday, July 29–30, 7 p.m. $6 for students