Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Classic trailer for forgotten film: Skidoo

OK, cultural disruption fans, let's take you back to 1968. Then, as now, the Hollywood establishment tried to embrace the new. Back then, we had drugs, we had hippies, we had a sexual revolution. One response was this Otto Preminger movie, surely one of the worst of all times. Another response was electing Nixon president.

Disruption is dangerous. Unexpected consequences abound. Turn the world upside down, and who knows what kind of lint will fall out of its pockets. (Thanks to Woid for the tip.)

Halliwell's Film Guide says of Skidoo:
Abysmal mishmash with top talent abused; clearly intended as satirical farce, but in fact one of the most woebegone movies ever made.
Other reviews: Canby in the Times: "for people whose minds need pressing with a heavy, flat object."
Roger Ebert, "the whole dead weight sits there."

The cast is an amazing melange: Groucho, Mickey Rooney, Frankie Avalon, Carol Channing, Fred Clark and many more, including three Batman villains: Frank Gorshin, Cesar Romero, and Burgess Meredith.

More on Skidoo (with a link to a Torrent download)