Mod Movies

Just watching the original Thomas Crowne Affair (1968) with Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway.

Oooh, baby.

Great couple - apart from the obvious chemistry they generate on screen and the crime thriller theme it is a pleasure to watch from a Mod perspective.

The clothes are just perfect. The cars. The settings. The whole beautiful retro styling of the movie and incidental music - horns, hammond and strings - make it a wonderful aspirational Mod movie.

Got me thinking. What other movies, apart from the obvious (Quad is a given) portray the ideal Modernistic style? I mean the films Mods would have gone to see at the movies.

Ideas? The Sean Connery Bond movies for sure, then there is Blow up too, different but still on trend...

What do you think, you cool Mod people?

Game of chess anyone.... or a different game?


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  • Couple of interesting films on Talking Pictures recently;  'My Teenage Daughter' with Anna Neagle as the distraught mum and Sylvia Simm as the errant daughter.  Although 1956 it focuses on teenage culture, as she gets in with some hipsters at the jazz clubs learning to jive, you get the sense of a bugeoning youth culture.

    West 11 a Micheal Winner film starring Alfred Lynch from 1963 again frequenting cafes and jazz clubs as he degenerates into crime.


  • 4248959207?profile=RESIZE_710xPaul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Diahann Carroll, Sidney Poitier - Paris Blues 1961 Just watched this movie. 1961 so predates Mod. Newman & Poitier are Jazz musicians and 2 women on holiday fall in love with them. At that moment in time Woodward & Carroll were really their partners. A daft little film but has some nice Jazz Club scenes. It's on You tube in it's entirety.

    • Thanks for that Mike, I'll check it out ;-)

    • Oh good choice. Jeanne Moreau was gorgeous and I had a massive crush on her when I was younger. R.I.P


    • 4261000956?profile=RESIZE_710xWorth it for Louis Armstrong if nothing else. It's set in paris, for real and not just a hollywood studio. The Eiffel Tower is on the poster but isn't shown in the whole film.

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    • That's a great picture Kai, hope you guys are both cool :-)

  • Caught this Blue Note Story film last night at a local art house cinema, as part of the Jewish Film Festival  It Must Schwing 2018

    Good watch, great music and a facinating insight into how two German Jewish refugees related their situation to the rabid racism suffered by the jazz musicians they encountered in the USA.  They would have none of it at Blue Note, they loved and respected the music and musicians and were loved and respected in return.

    Think I'll become a member of Chichester Cinema at New Park in the New Year; I've already seen Miles Davis - Birth of the Cool and Jean Paul Gaultier's - Freak and Chic there and that's just in the past couple of weeks!  No chance of seeing this stuff anywhere else localy on a regular basis.


    • I have that (Blue Note - A Story of Modern Jazz) to watch Kai, along with Blue Note Records - Beyond the Notes.

  • Bloody hell Gary D where DID THAT The Devil vid come from?

    Sometimes I stray from the path..but boy that is enlightenment.



    • I've got to agree it is a nice watch. I didn't comment on it as it was such an old post. It makes me nostalgic, the nearest I get to a scene now is Northern do's but whereas the music is good, on the whole the clobber is pants.


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