'Beach Blanket Bingo'
What does it say about the way our society has progressed in the past 50 years that the titles of super-innocent 60s beach-party movieslike How to Stuff a Wild Bikini and The Ghost In the Invisible Bikinicould also work as the names of modern late-night Cinemax softcore porn offerings? As odd as it may seem to contemporary audiences, these films were squeaky-clean, concerned more with spirited musical numbers and zany hijinks than baring flesh. The Movie Mondays summer outdoor film series at Segerstrom Center for the Arts is screening perhaps the most prominent entry in the genre, Beach Blanket Bingothe last to star the famous pairing of Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. The film also has a cameo from then-70 silent-movie icon Buster Keaton. (Thankfully, hes not in a bikini.)
Mon., July 11, 5:30 p.m., 2011
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