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Dan Carrier’s movies news: Monterey Pop; The Third Man

29 August, 2019 — By Dan Carrier

Orson Welles

THE Monterey Pop Festival of 1967 has gone down in history as the day Jimi Hendrix’s genius was really globally known: hilariously, his amazing performance that day (he played Purple Haze, The Wind Cries Mary, Hey Joe and Like A Rolling Stone among others) is actually best remembered for the fact he played the three-chord Wild Thing, set his guitar on fire, smashed its neck and bunged it into the crowd.

And the whole gig, which also featured Otis Redding, Country Joe and The Fish, The Mamas and the Papas, Simon and Garfunkel and Hugh Masekela, was caught on camera by film maker DA Pennebaker.

His work, Monterey Pop, is set to be screened this Friday at the Barbican – and it captured the vibe of not just the event but the flag-bearers of the era of counterculture. The film was placed in the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress, illustrating its worth.

• Carol Reed’s adaptation of the Graham Greene Cold War thriller The Third Man, which features a memorable cameo from Orson Welles, is being shown this Sunday at the Piccadilly Picturehouse to mark the 70th anniversary of its release.

The event includes a pre-screening performance from Viennese zither player Cornelia Mayer, and then a post-film Q&A featuring Angela Allen, one of the last remaining crew members, Third Man expert writer/director Hossein Amini, and film scribe Matthew Street. And no one can forget the wonderful Harry Lime theme from the film – music that for many years was the New Journal’s “hold” music when readers called in.


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