The Best Old (and New!) Movies On a Big Screen This Week: NYC Repertory Cinema Picks, March 4-10

03/04/2015 8:21 AM |


The Girl Can’t Help It (1956)
Directed by Frank Tashlin
The first great rock movie announces the genre’s regime change in the abstract, with suddenly antiquated acoustic instruments frozen and forgotten in midair. Tashlin’s film contains mobsters, advertising, music, and Marilyn Monroe in a freewheeling parody of postwar American culture. Blown-out colors render the world as a print ad, while Jayne Mansfield’s slide-whistle voice and a vision of label heads as the future of organized crime paints a grim portrait of an industry run on novelty. But if Tashlin set out to mock the pop culture of the day, the sheer invention of his postmodern collage ironically reinforces the seismic upheaval of postwar youth, and rock wouldn’t seem as daring on film again until A Hard Day’s Night. Jake Cole (Mar 8, 2pm at the Museum of the Moving Images’s “See It Big!: High and Wide“)