Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Hest Fest at Lincoln Center

You just can't keep Charlton Heston down. He died in April, but this coming week, when his beloved Republicans will be convening in Minneapolis, he'll be the subject of a Lincoln Center tribute.

I found much of Heston's politics to be despicable, but at times he did stand up for civil rights and appear in numerous films noteworthy for their artistry and/or camp value. So it's appropriate that the program at the Walter Reade Theater includes the "classic" Touch of Evil as well as the camp classics Soylent Green, Planet of the Apes, and Beneath the Planet of the Apes. Also programmed: Major Dundee, Ben-Hur and El Cid (supposedly a stunning widescreen accomplishment) as well as Will Penny, The Omega Man, The Greatest Show on Earth, and, um, Earthquake (not in Sensurround, alas).

A lot of films are not included (no The Ten Commandments!), but I think the most regrettable omission is The Naked Jungle, which deliciously mixes the artful and the campy in a Buñuelesque tale of an uptight couple and a marauding swarm of killer ants!!!

I still haven't found YouTube video of The Naked Jungle, so you'll just have to settle for this view of New York City in the year 2022.

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