Peter Watkins’ Privilege is many things: an ice-cold evisceration of the early days of big-money pop music mythmaking, a portrayal of a postwar England in thrall to conglomeratized conformity, a tender treatise on still-young rock and roll.
How successful is it? How authentic is it? Those are questions for only you to answer, as Steven Shorter - “the most desperately loved entertainer in the world” - ascends unthinkable heights in his path to the Top of the Pops. Meticulously based on Wolf Koenig and Roman Krotoir’s short documentary Lonely Boy, which depicted teen megastar Paul Anka as much a product of his handlers as his own artist.
A panel featuring Tom Sutpen, Joseph Di Mattia, Glenn Kenny and Vivien Goldman will discuss the relationship between the two films, and the prescience - or not - of Watkins' take on 60s youth culture.
Director: Peter Watkins. 103 min. 1967. 35mm.
Directors: Wolf Koenig & Roman Kroitor. 27 min. 1962. DigiBeta.
Co-presented by Cinebeasts.
Ticket Price: $12, Film Club Member $8
Cinebeasts is a collective of film nerds, vidiots, and explorers of the farthest reaches of the universe of moving images. We organize film screenings all over New York City in places ranging from underground bars, real venues, moored boats, and your parents’ living room. Come hang out or collaborate with us.
Glenn Kenny is chief film critic for MSN Movies. He was the chief film critic for Premiere magazine from 1998 to 2007. He contributes to various publications and websites, and blogs at http://somecamerunning.typepad.com
Joseph Di Mattia is a writer, producer and director; his company Stay Tuned productions makes television shows, independent documentaries and educational films in NYC.
Tom Sutpen produces Community Television in the greater Boston area and, when the stars are properly aligned, writes about cinema.
Born in London, Vivien Goldman is a broadcaster, post-punk musician, Adjunct Professor of Punk and Reggae at NYU and the author of "The Book of Exodus: the Making and Meaning of Bob Marley and the Wailers' Album of the Century." (Three Rivers Press).
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