FSLC announces CINEMATIC GODDESS: AMERICAN SEX SYMBOL, THE FILMS OF RAQUEL WELCH

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces
CINEMATIC GODDESS: AMERICAN SEX SYMBOL, THE FILMS OF RAQUEL WELCH, February 10-14 

In-person at ONE MILLION YEARS BC, THE LAST OF SHEILA, MYRA BRECKINRIDGE, THE THREE MUSKETEERS, HANNIE CAULDER and KANSAS CITY BOMBER

New York, NY, January 17, 2011- The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced details today for the upcoming film series, Cinematic Goddess: American Sex Symbol, The Films of Raquel Welch (February 10-14). Screening at the Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street), and highlighted by the attendance of Welch at several screenings, the film series includes such notable classics as 100 RIFLES (1969), HANNIE CAULDER (1972), KANSAS CITY BOMBER (1972), MYRA BRECKINRIDGE (1970), ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. (1967), as well as THE THREE MUSKETEERS (1974), featuring her Golden Globe winning performance.

Programing Associate Josh Strauss said, “An award-winning screen icon that defined a generation, Raquel Welch remains an unrivaled presence on the big screen, fueled by an infectious charisma combined with her exquisite organic beauty. It will be a thrill to offer this retrospective of her work as well as have Raquel herself, on stage at the Walter Reade Theater to talk about several of those films and her experiences making them." 

Born Jo Raquel Tejada on September 5, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in San Diego, California, Raquel Welch won a number of teen beauty titles ("Miss Photogenic," "Miss La Jolla," and "Miss San Diego" among them) prior to studying theater arts at San Diego State College on a scholarship starting in 1958.

Welch’s acting career got its start on television in the early 60s with small roles on popular series such as “The Virginian,” “McHale’s Navy,” and “Bewitched,” as well as films like ROUSTABOUT (1964) with Elvis Presley, DO NOT DISTURB (1965) with Doris Day and A SWINGIN’ SUMMER (1965).

However, Welch’s appearances in Richard Fleischer’s FANTASTIC VOYAGE (1966) and in Hammer Film’s ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. (1967) (as well as that of her now, iconic, doeskin bikini in that film) effectively established Welch as her generation’s sex symbol. She followed with notable roles as the deadly sin representing "lust" opposite Dudley Moore and Peter Cook in BEDAZZLED (1967) and as the title secret agent in the sexy spy spoof FATHOM (1967). Her scenes with former pro football player Jim Brown in the western 100 RIFLES (1969) as well as the transgendered title role in the audacious MYRA BRECKINRIDGE (1970) infamously adapted from Gore Vidal’s novel also courted notoriety at the time.

The 70s featured Welch’s most celebrated roles on the big screen including HANNIE CAULDER (1972), KANSAS CITY BOMBER (1972), Herbert Ross’ THE LAST OF SHEILA (1973), James Ivory’s THE WILD PARTY (1975), Peter Yates’ MOTHER, JUGS & SPEED (1976), and Richard Lester’s THE THREE MUSKETEERS (1974) for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy. The 80s were highlighted by Welch’s work in movies made for television including “The Legend of Walks Far Woman (1982) and “Right to Die” (1987).

On stage, Welch starred in productions of "Woman of the Year" and "Victor/Victoria" and has made recent notable appearances on television in "Seinfeld" (1997), “Spin City” (1997-2000), “8 Simple Rules” (2004), as well as co-starring in the Hispanic-oriented TV series “American Family” (2002) and in the comedy “Welcome to the Captain” (2008). Recent big-screen appearances include TORTILLA SOUP (2001), LEGALLY BLONDE (2001) and FORGET ABOUT IT (2006). Welch will soon be seen in an episode of “CSI Miami.”

Tickets go on sale both at the box office and on-line Thursday, January 26. Discounts are available for students, seniors and Film Society members. Read more about The Film Society of Lincoln Center. Screenings will be held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater (located at 165 West 65th Street, between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway).


Films, Descriptions and Schedule

100 RIFLES (1969) 110min
Director: Tom Gries
Country: USA
Burt Reynolds is all bronzed-and-mustachioed machismo as ‘Yaqui Joe Herrara,’ the “half-breed” hero of Tom Gries’ 100 RIFLES. Stealing $6,000 to supply weapons for the rebellion of his people against their Mexican oppressors, Reynolds shares the screen with football star-cum-actor Jim Brown as an Arizona lawman who reluctantly joins his cause, and a show-stopping Raquel Welch as the untamed revolutionary ‘Sarita.’ Famed for its pioneering steamy scenes between Welch and Brown, 100 RIFLES is an energetic western rife with gun-fighting mayhem, high-speed horse chases, and whisky-swilling hijinks.
Screens Tuesday, February 14 at 3:45PM.

FANTASTIC VOYAGE (1966) 100min
Director: Richard Fleischer
Country: USA
When a Soviet superscientist falls into a coma, it’s up to a team of his colleagues to save his life by being shrunk down and sent into his body. Director and master of widescreen Richard Fleischer (20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA) laces the adventure with groovy special effects, as the scientist’s submarine (the “Proteus”) journeys through the treacherous heart and lungs and faces the wrath of protective blood cells. Welch stars as technical assistant ‘Cora,’ alongside Arthur Kennedy, Donald Pleasence, and Stephen Boyd.
Screens Friday, February 10 at 1:45PM.

HANNIE CAULDER (1972) 85min
Director: Burt Kennedy
Country: USA/UK
After a group of bandits assault frontier wife Hannie Caulder (Welch), kill her husband, and destroy their ranch, she hires a bounty hunter and learns how to handle a pistol to exact revenge. A clear influence on later revenge films, Burt Kennedy’s unusual frontier film effortlessly blends humor, drama, and adrenaline-pumping action sequences. Shot in extra-wide screen in Spain, HANNIE CAULDER features cameos by guitarist Paco de Lucia, Stephen Boyd, and Diana Dors.
Screens on Sunday, February 12 at 7:00PM. Raquel Welch will participate in a post-screening Q&A.

KANSAS CITY BOMBER (1972) 99min
Director: Jerrold Freeman
Country: USA
Welch is “the hottest thing on wheels” as roller derby champ ‘K.C. Carr,’ fighting to hold her own in the sport’s cutthroat world of fierce rivals and treacherous team politics. K.C.’s story of balancing personal and professional life involved bone-crunching realism—even months of skating practice couldn’t save Raquel from a broken wrist. Spearheaded and co-produced by the star, the film features derby pros such as Judy Arnold of the Philadelphia Warriors, and John Hall and Danny “Carrot Top” Reilly from the L.A. Thunderbirds.
Screens on Sunday, February 12 at 4:00PM. Raquel Welch will participate in a post-screening Q&A.

THE LAST OF SHEILA (1973) 120min
Director: Herbert Ross
Country: USA
On the anniversary of his wife Sheila’s death, millionaire Clinton Green orchestrates a gossipy cat-and-mouse guessing game on a yacht for his Hollywood friends that quickly devolves into murder. The delightfully cast mystery by director Herbert Ross also features Welch poking fun at stardom as bombshell Alice, James Mason as a has-been director, Dyan Cannon as an agent, and James Coburn as the devious host. Written by Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins, it’s an engaging mix of twists and turns, tweaking of Hollywood’s ways.
Screens on Sunday, February 12 at 9:30PM and Tuesday, February 14 at 1:15PM.
Raquel Welch will introduce the screening on the 12th.

MOTHER, JUGS AND SPEED (1976) 95min
Director: Peter Yates
Country: USA
Bill Cosby, Harvey Keitel star with Welch in this vintage widescreen slice of Seventies subculture films, set in the strange days of private ambulance companies in Los Angeles. In Peter Yates’s boisterous black comedy, tough Mother (Cosby) and his hard-working, hard-partying crew race to get to the scene of accidents before other ambulances, while dispatcher “Juggs” (Welch) just wants to prove her life-saving chops. The crew’s rude surprises on the job have the ring of true-to-life anecdotes, aided by a colorful supporting cast (Allen Garfield as the company owner as well as Larry Hagman, Bruce Davison, L.Q. Jones, and Dick Butkus).
Screens on Friday, February 10 at 9:00PM.

MYRA BRECKINRIDGE (1970) 94min
Director: Michael Sarne
Country: USA
One of the most notorious Hollywood attempts to shake things up in the wake of the Sixties was this adaptation of Gore Vidal’s rambunctious satirical novel. Welch stars as ‘Myra,’ a brilliant whirlwind who installs herself at an eccentric acting school run by her uncle (John Huston) and proceeds to seduce an all-American student and his girlfriend (Farrah Fawcett). Myra, of course, begins life as Myron (played by New York Observer critic Rex Reed), who, after a Fellini-esque operation, continues to appear to Myra as the film goes on. Adding to the eye-popping proceedings are musical numbers starring 76-year-old Mae West as a sexpot casting agent flanked by dancers, and the fascinating interpolation of old film clips from classic 20th Century Fox productions.
Screens on Wednesday, Friday, February 10 at 6:15PM and Monday, February 13 at 4:00PM. Raquel Welch will participate in a Q&A following the screening on the 10th.

ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. (1967) 91min
Director: Don Chaffey
Country: UK
Featuring special effects by Ray Harryhausen, this Hammer Films classic details the power struggles of early man and showcases Welch in a starring role clad in an iconic fur two-piece. When young Tumak (John Richardson) is ousted from the Rock tribe, he finds romance with a maiden (played by Welch) from the Shell tribe. The high stakes of the prehistoric world come alive with Harryhausen’s stop-motion magic, which feature a rip-roaring allosaurus attack, along with assorted other beasts.
Screens on Friday, February 10 at 4:00PM and Saturday, February 11 at 9:30PM.
Raquel Welch will introduce the screening on the 11th.

THE THREE MUSKETEERS (1974) 105min
Director: Richard Lester
Country: France
Full of stylish derring-do and infectious good humor, this Musketeers adventure from the director of A HARD DAY’S NIGHT is a sheer delight. Sword-fighting and court intrigue are in plentiful supply as the fantastic three (Oliver Reed, Frank Finlay, Richard Chamberlain) plus one (Michael York as D’Artagnan) deal with trouble surrounding France’s indiscreet Queen (Geraldine Chaplin). Demonstrating a flair for farce, Welch plays the Queen’s dressmaker who catches D’Artagnan’s eye. Featuring Charlton Heston as Cardinal Richelieu, and Faye Dunaway and Christopher Lee as scheming confederates.
Screens on Saturday, February 11 at 6:45PM and Monday, February 13 at 1:45PM. Raquel Welch will participate in a Q&A following the screening on the 11th.

THE WILD PARTY (1975) 95min
Director: James Ivory
Country: USA
In typically dazzling Merchant Ivory fashion, THE WILD PARTY is a stylish snapshot of 1920s Hollywood decadence, based on the notorious titular poem by Joseph Moncure March. Aging comedian Jolly Grimm (James Coco) attempts to celebrate his big comeback by staging a party, but the event quickly turns into a free-for-all, with his paramour Queenie (Raquel Welch) hungrily pursued by a hot young actor (Perry King). It’s a fascinating production, characteristically well-mounted by Merchant-Ivory, that captures both the sourness and the nostalgia of the scene. The film also stars Tiffany Bolling and David Dukes.
Screens on Sunday, February 12 at 2:00PM.

Public Screening Schedule

Screening Venue:
The Film Society of Lincoln Center – Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65 Street, between Broadway & Amsterdam (upper level)

Friday, February 10
1:45PM  FANTASTIC VOYAGE (100min)
4:00PM ONE MILLION YEARS BC (91min)
6:15PM MYRA BRECKINRIDGE (94min) *Raquel Welch in attendance.
9:00PM MOTHER, JUGS & SPEED (95min)

Saturday, February 11
6:45PM THE THREE MUSKETEERS (105min) *Raquel Welch in attendance.
9:30PM  ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. (91min) *Raquel Welch in attendance.

Sunday, February 12
12:00PM  FANTASTIC VOYAGE (100min)
2:00PM  THE WILD PARTY (95min)
4:00PM KANSAS CITY BOMBER (99min) *Raquel Welch in attendance.
7:00PM HANNIE CAULDER (85min) *Raquel Welch in attendance.
9:30PM  THE LAST OF SHEILA (120min) *Raquel Welch in attendance.

Monday, February 13
1:45PM  THE THREE MUSKETEERS (105min)
4:00PM  MYRA BRECKINRIDGE (94min)

Tuesday, February 14
1:15PM  THE LAST OF SHEILA (120min)
3:45PM  100 RIFLES (110min)

Film Society of Lincoln Center
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