Monday, July 18, 2011

do ya wanna touch, do ya wanna touch, do ya wanna touch me there?

One of the reasons I wish I was alive during the sixties was so that I could so many wonderful decade-centric films that are practically impossible to find nowadays. (Apparently modern movie studios think that we don’t want to see the cult classics of Swinging London. Bitter? Yes.)
Thanks to my university library and our impressive Film & Media Studies department, I’ve been able to watch hard-to-find classics like Qui ĂȘtes-vous, Polly Maggoo?, Candy, and Wonderwall (even letting me writing a term research paper on Performance).  
Still, there is a laundry list of films I still haven’t seen: Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London and Reflections on Love (starring Jenny Boyd), and currently at the top of my list, The Touchables. I was so excited when I came across this post on the film on the fabby blog theredtelephone. She recommended watching the film on Youtube, which some saint out there had uploaded a while back. But of course, as luck would have it, the Youtube links are no longer working. I went on a mission through various not-so-legal routes to try to find the film, even contemplating/reasoning the risk of a virus on my computer in order to download a sketchy copy of it. I know, I am a shame to all other film students!
I am currently trying to patch together the film through various, disconnected clips online. From what I have gathered, the film explores sex and sexuality in the similarly taboo-meets-camp way of many other Swinging London movies. As for the plot: four ridiculously beautiful and stylish British dollies kidnap a rock star and 'torture' him with lovemaking. Suffice to say, the Touchables thrives more on visuals than content. 
The film, written by Donald Cammell, the genius behind Performance, and directed by Beatles' photographer Robert Freeman, stars a cast of lovelies including Monika Ringwald, Esther Anderson, Kathy Simmonds (who briefly dated George Harrison - you can read about it here), and Judy Huxtable. It has the gorgeously random film style of Wonderwall and Blowup, and the gorgeously mod darlings to act out in the scenery. 
The only readily-available part of the film is its soundtrack, downloadable on Amazon. It's great - full of swinging tunes and a great cover of Good Day Sunshine. 

Visuals gathered from: Martin Klasch, Listal, Mubi, Blue Sunshine, A Man Out of TimeTitle: from "Do You Wanna Touch Me" (Joan Jett ... technically Gary Glitter, but I like Joan more) 

11 comments:

Kirby said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I actually own a copy of Tonite Let's All Make Love in London! You should check out the website modcinema.com, they specialize in rare/hard-to-find DVDS from the 60s and 70s.

Alexis said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh my god I have to do that right now!! You've just made my week!!

Alexis said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

oh my god, and they even have the touchables! ahh this is a dream come truuue!

Sweet Jane said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I was pretty much gonna say check out modcinema too..got my copies of both films there also..all's well that ends well ; ) ps you'll love them,the clothes in The Touchables are particularly gorgeous !

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi,
Reflections on Love is on youtube, it's only a short film (10mins) so you get it all. Reflections on Love 1968 is the title on youtube, even though it's from 1966. The music was added later by Kula Shaker in the 90's. Enjoy. Mat

Smashingbird said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I have a very rough copy of The Touchables - it's amazing. I used to have Reflections on Love on video too. I wish I had Tonite Let's All Make Love in London! x

Alexis said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Sweet Jane - how cosmic that I am getting the same films as you, as well as the fact that verrrryyyy early on in my blog I went by your very same moniker (I abandoned it quickly as I couldn't quite pull it off). Some might say coincidence, but I say cosmic!

I'm so excited to check out all the gorge fashions in the Touchables. From the clips I've seen, they're all such delicious outfits - and I know that that's only a small fraction of the film!

Alexis said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you Anonymous! I'll definitely have to scour around youtube for 'Reflections'! I always knew it was a short film, but I've seen stills from it and it looks so jam-packed with goodies!
I didn't know that the music was added some 30 years later - do you know if it was completely silent and music-free when it was originally completed then?

Alexis said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Smashingbird - I'm glad to hear that you like the Touchables, I trust your opinion! Hopefully the copies of Touchables and Tonite will be good copies - my eyes are not what they used to be :) and I might go blind straining to see every bit of gloriousness in these films!

Mat said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Well I reckon it had music but I've never heard the track for that. I think this version came about when Wonderwall was re-issued in the 90's. The music is ok though, and I think you'll dig the film! Also Birds of Britain is great, check out Charlotte Rampling - With Compliments if you can get a copy, it's a cool book. Mat (previously anonymous!)

Lise.silva said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks for the sweet comments, doll! I'm so glad the first commenter mentioned modcinema.com -- I can't wait to check that site out. As far as Reflections on Love, it is featured on the Rhino Special Edition DVD of Wonderwall in the Special Features, if you can get your paws on a copy of that-- Its pretty rare these days. If you use netflix and order Wonderwall it should be the same edition, there are also copies circulating on Ebay.

Other psychedelic 60s films Ive been watching lately are The Trip and Alice in Acidland and Psych Out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rotvMo022Do&list=FLduPep1bD6Vu--BY5aAqRVw&index=128&feature=plpp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoNvDYe9QHQ&list=FLduPep1bD6Vu--BY5aAqRVw&index=130&feature=plpp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwuTEV2G1HU&list=FLduPep1bD6Vu--BY5aAqRVw&index=124&feature=plpp

xo