Friday, August 24, 2012
|8:30 p.m.||Pretty Poison|
Noel Black (U.S., 1968)
Plus Surprise Shorts!
Spread out a blanket on the sculpture garden lawn for our annual free outdoor screening. This year’s selection culminates our summer-long Cool World series, featuring the coolest actors from four decades of American film, as selected by our audience. In Pretty Poison, Tuesday Weld and Tony Perkins are a cower couple. Weld, a bad seed of the sixties, grabbed headlines for her very kooky conduct; typecast as Psycho’s Norman Bates, Perkins had to re-Bates his roles. Pretty Poison takes place in a factory town where loner Perkins thinks the Commies are dumping waste into a nearby stream. He convinces high-school drum majorette Weld that he is a CIA agent and needs her help to stop the polluters. A blend of sex, fantasy, and mayhem pushes them through this bit of toxic Americana. When the girl next door is Tuesday Weld, sell your house.
• Written by Lorenzo Semple Jr., based on the novel She Let Him Continue by Stephen Geller. Photographed by David Quaid. With Tuesday Weld, Anthony Perkins, Beverly Garland, John Randolph. (89 mins, Color, 16mm, Permission Criterion Pictures)