Thursday, May 11, 2017
Admission: $12.50, $6.50 (BMFI members), $10 (seniors and students).
On Thursday, May 11, the Secret Cinema will return to the Bryn Mawr Film
Institute with a revival of one of its biggest presentations ever. It
stars Elvis Presley, Sean Connery, Nancy Sinatra, Roy Orbison, Sonny &
Cher, Jerry Lewis, Frank Sinatra, Linda Blair, Dean Martin, Cherie
Currie, Tony Curtis, The Village People, The Yardbirds, and a cast of
unknowns. It was directed by a team that includes Stanley Kubrick,
Charlie Chaplin, Tom Laughlin, William Friedkin, John Boorman, John
Cassavetes and several forgotten hacks. Its budget (adjusted for
inflation) was in the hundreds of millions of dollars, it’s in black and
white and color, and it has laughs, screams, spies, monsters, sex,
drugs, rock n’ roll and bikinis. What is it?
Why, it’s TRAILER TRASH, a non-stop orgy of rare, original preview
“trailers” advertising some of the Secret Cinema’s favorite films of the
1960s and 70s — exploitation, sexploitation, science-fiction, bikers,
horror, rock musicals, beach movies, bloated big budget bombs and
possibly some films that no longer survive in feature form. All will be
shown from archival 35mm prints (with several in true, IB Technicolor)
on the BMFI big screen.
A sampling of the many trailers to be shown includes BIKINI BEACH, BURY
ME AN ANGEL, WILD IN THE STREETS, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, MONDO TEENO,
DEVIL’S ANGELS, PARADISE HAWAIIAN STYLE, FOXES, MURDERERS’ ROW,
CHASTITY, THE TRIAL OF BILLY JACK, BLOW UP and many, many more, with
some guaranteed surprises.
As if this weren’t enough, additional graphic eye candy will be provided
in the form of vintage drive-in messages, theater commercials and date
strips, from the 1950s and beyond.
There will be one complete show at 7:30 pm. Admission is $12.50, $6.50
(BMFI members), $10 (seniors and students).
Throughout 2017, the Secret Cinema will be celebrating its 25th
anniversary, presenting favorite programs from its past, as well as
several all-new presentations, in venues throughout the Philadelphia
area. TRAILER TRASH was first presented at the Prince Music Theater in
Since 1992, the Secret Cinema has been the Philadelphia area’s premiere
floating repertory cinema series, bringing hundreds of unique programs
to nightclubs, bars, coffee houses, museums, open fields, colleges, art
galleries, bookstores, and sometimes even theaters and film festivals.
Drawing on its own large private film archive (as well as other
collections), the Secret Cinema attempts to explore the uncharted
territory and the genres that fall between the cracks, with programs
devoted to educational and industrial films, cult and exploitation
features, cartoons, rare television, local history, home movies, erotic
films, politically incorrect material, and the odd Hollywood classic. As
long as it exists on real celluloid, that is — Secret Cinema screenings
never use video/digital projection. While mainly based in Philadelphia,
the Secret Cinema has also brought programming to other cities and
SECRET CINEMA WEBSITE: http://www.thesecretcinema.com
BRYN MAWR FILM INSTITUTE WEBSITE: http://www.brynmawrfilm.org