Hey Chicago! Got any plans this weekend? Well, now you do, because tonight, September 21, and tomorrow night, September 22 at midnight, we'd like to cordially invite you to a screening of the unsung X-rated classic The Telephone Book (1971) co-presented by Mr.Skin!
The Telephone Book stars Sarah Kennedy, a dead ringer for a young Goldie Hawn who you may remember as a hooker hawking her wares alongside Cassandra Peterson (aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark) in The Working Girls (1973).
Sarah plays Alice, a sexually curious young woman with pornographic wallpaper in her apartment who becomes obsessed with John Smith (Norman Rose), the "world's greatest obscene phone caller." After gushing to her best friend (Jill Clayburgh in her screen debut) that the call was a "work of art", Alice sets out to find this master of obscenity on an erotic journey across New York City. Her only clue? "I’M IN THE BOOK," he tells her. "I’LL BE WAITING. TRY AND FIND ME.”
Disowned by distributor Joe Levine (who had built his reputation bringing racy art-house fare like 1963's Contempt to America), The Telephone Book went virtually unseen for 38 years before a 2009 screening at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre exposed it to a whole nude generation.
Playing like the bastard child of Russ Meyer and Jean-Luc Godard and a major influence on Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris (1972), The Telephone Book is a fascinating look into the taboo-busting world of early '70s indie film that's just begging to be re-discovered. So pick up the phone and join us and producer Merv Bloch (appearing in person) this weekend at Chicago's historic Music Box Theatre-- you'll be glad you did.
See the original trailer for The Telephone Book after the jump!
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