Thursday, July 28 at 7:30 PM
AMATEUR NIGHT AT CITY HALL:
THE STORY OF FRANK L. RIZZO (1978)
Filmmaker Robert Mugge in attendance!
This documentary on Philadelphia’s most polarizing mayor of modern times was filmed throughout 1977 and ran for two weeks at the Walnut Mall Cinemas during the blizzard of early 1978. Although the film was released before Rizzo’s controversial assault on radical group MOVE, it chronicles attacks he ordered on Black Panthers and on young people lounging in Rittenhouse Square, his failed polygraph test, and his routinely tough talk (“I’m gonna make Attila the Hun look like a faggot”). The film’s primary theme is “politics as show business,” and it includes many amateur musical performances from South Philadelphia’s Triangle Tavern. Among the many interviewees are broadcast journalists Andrea Mitchell and Larry Kane and stripper Blaze Starr who discusses her reputed affair with the self-proclaimed family man.
Doors 7, Movie 7:30
Screening as part of PhilaMOCA’s DNCinema series of politically-minded movies.
MONDAY, JULY 25
Philadelphia Psychotronic Film Society presents DNCinema, surprise film, free admission
TUESDAY, JULY 26
DNCinema presents EARLY WARNING (1981), free admission!
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27
Idiocracy (2006) presented by DNCinema (2006), $10 admission