Mr. Skin Presents: The Telephone Book

A major, though forgotten, work from New York’s underground film scene of the late 60s, The Telephone Book tells the story of a sex-obsessed hippie who falls in love with the world’s greatest obscene phone caller and embarks on a quest to find him. Presented in a new restoration with producer Merv Bloch in attendance!

A major, though forgotten, work from New York’s underground film scene of the late 60s and early 70s, Nelson Lyon’s The Telephone Book tells the story of a sex-obsessed hippie who falls in love with the world’s greatest obscene phone caller and embarks on a quest to find him. Her journey introduces to her to an avant-garde stag filmmaker, a manipulative psychiatrist, a bored lesbian housewife, and more. Photographed in high-contrast black-and-white, and punctuated with a remarkable, surreal animated sequence, The Telephone Book is one of the greatest cult films you’ve probably never heard of. Co-presented by Mr. Skin!

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Tickets are $10.

Mr. Skin Presents: The Telephone Book

directed by Nelson Lyon starring Margaret Brewster, Roger C. Carmel and David Dozer in English

The film stars an unknown beauty named Sara Kennedy (a distant relative of the Kennedy family) and features Jill Clayburgh (Academy Award nominee for An Unmarried Woman) in one of her early screen roles. Also appearing in the move are an eclectic group of actors, including Barry Morse, William Hickey, Roger C Carmel and Norman Rose. Andy Warhol regulars Ultra Violet, Ondine and Geri Miller are also in the cast, as was Warhol himself, though his scene was later cut and subsequently lost. A substantial reward is being offered for any information leading to the recover of the lost Warhol footage.

Producer and legendary ad-man Merv Bloch will be on hand both nights to discuss the making of this fascinating film, as well as his own career running ad campaigns for some of cinema’s most iconic films.

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