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    Re: REVENGE OF THE CHEERLEADERS! (1976!)

    Marshall, where do you find the time?

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    Re: REVENGE OF THE CHEERLEADERS! (1976!)

    Quote Originally Posted by John Black View Post
    Marshall, where do you find the time?
    Just keep it up please.
    Do you think Lerner would be open to doing a commentary if his pristine16mm print were to be released on dvd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Black View Post
    Marshall, where do you find the time?
    It's all about prioritizing.

    Somehow I don't think anyone asked Lerner if he'd do a commentary last time around. I strongly suspect he would.

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    ROTC 01:01-02:00

    So the credits are rolling and the song is pumping. Gail (top-billed Jerii Woods from SWITCHBLADE SISTERS) tries to change her top as she drives the car, and is abetted by a cleverly hidden dissolve--it occurs while there is quite a bit of glare on the windshield. Now she is also wearing her cheerleader outfit. Another fancy optical wipe brings us to Aloha High School, with debris and lounging students all over a grassy area out front. Joanne and Barb drive right up to the front door in Joanne's BMW. In front of the school is a statue of a female figure, making it instantly identifiable as Venice High, where GREASE and a number of other films were shot. The statue was modelled on a pre-fame Myrna Loy while she was a student at the school. By the time I visited the campus circa 1990, the concrete statue had been placed in a cage to protect it from vandalism. I came back years later and it had been removed completely. Apparently it was severely damaged, and eventually replaced by a larger bronze recreation.

    I can't help but wonder how the cheerleaders' billing was arrived at. I find it slightly cool that Jerii Woods, the African-American cheerleader happened to get top billing, but really the main five girls carry pretty much an equal share of the weight here. They're matched in terms of prior acting experience, too. Rainbeaux Smith would chalk up the most roles in the shortest time, but she was still in the earliest part of her career here. Obviously the film was somewhat forward-thinking in its integrated casting; race is never directly mentioned in the film but it does appear to be somewhat class-conscious. More on that later.
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    Some miscreant interviewed Richard Lerner a few years back, a good read:
    http://blog.mrskin.com/richard-lerne...terview---1040

    Have wondered if the two Aloha High cheerleaders who dropped out were in any other movies....

    Love the use of optical wipes, they really add to the freewheeling spirit.

    Will have to track down a copy of the open matte Lightning tape. How does this one look?

    http://books.google.com/books?id=vCQ...ers%22&f=false

    It's been at least a couple years since having a ROTC fix, time to dig out the DVD set!

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    That guy that did the interview needs to get a life, or a girlfriend, or something. I think the pricing in that Billboard article may have expired.

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    Duh, the Billboard writer goofed......obviously it should've said SATAN'S CHEERLEADERS. So here are a couple better results:

    DON'T HASSEL THE HOFF: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY!
    http://books.google.com/books?id=R-p...ers%22&f=false

    FILMFACTS Vol. 20 (1977)
    excerpt: "A decade from now, some pseudo-intellectual film clique will declare Revenge of the Cheerleaders to be a noteworthy and laudable example of counter-cinematic expressionism of the '70s . . . Revenge of the Cheerleaders is a rancid movie with some raucous humor in foul taste."
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    Well, it's in FILMFACTS, it must be a filmfact.

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    ROTC 02:01-03:00
    Still sitting in Joanne's car, Joanne and Barb trade bon mots (zippy dialogue is this film's secret weapon) with a character billed as "school clown" when he climbs into their backseat. School Clown gets out of the car and ends the conversation by wiping some food on the car's windshield. (I've never been able to figure out if it's pizza or uncooked ground beef. My opinion bounces back and forth constantly.) Joanne turns on her windshield wipers, which merely moves the food around and flips a small piece onto the camera lens (which skieves me out no end.) The cheerleaders pull up in their car, accompanied by an instrumental reprise of the main title song. Pretend not to notice that the two alternates are now replaced by Helen Lang.

    This minute of the film sets up the crux of the film's conflict. It could easily be construed as a class struggle. Snooty rich girl Joanne Hartlander (and later her father) are at odds with the force-of-nature cheerleaders. The cheerleaders will later face off against Lincoln Vocational High School, suggesting that the film identifies squarely with the middle class. Whether these economic conflicts are to be taken at face value or the film merely pits non-assholes against assholes is debatable. Perhaps the conflict between Aloha and Lincoln is merely meant as a normal cross-town rivalry. If we are to accept Joanne as a villain because of her condescending behavior, it is slightly ironic that the heroine cheerleaders seem to feel the same way about the poorer kids at the vocational school. At any rate, the rich girls' sense of entitlement is immediately apparent: Joanne drives up a pedestrian walkway and bumps her car into a passerby; Barb screams "You savage!" at the school clown.

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    ROTC 03:01-04:00
    Not much going on here but youthful exuberance. The cheerleaders disembark from the car and we get our first good look at the very pregnant Rainbeaux Smith.* She sits on a fountain (part of the sculpture) while the other four girls do a "Let's get laid!" cheer. They are surrounded by wildly enthusiastic students. We also get a look at Jordan, who may be the boyfriend of cheerleader Tishi (Susie Elene, from the masterful TV-movie CAGE WITHOUT A KEY.) Jordan is played to stoned perfection by David Robinson, who looks a little like Leif Garrett. In a movie full of stoned people, Jordan is the most gleefully stoned. It's not really clear if any of the characters have romantic pairings in this film. My assumption was that Sesame (Patrice Rohmer) and Boner (Sir David Hasselhoff) were something of an item, as were Tishi and Jordan, but these associations seem loose at best, and the characters all seem free to engage in whatever the hell extracurricular activities they wish to with no hurt feelings. This would seem to be further born out by director Richard Lerner's comments in the linked Mr. Skin interview. Allegedly these four were two real-life couples at the time, so perhaps that is what I am sensing. I also noticed for the first time tonight that Jordan is wearing a Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids t-shirt. They seem to have been a Sha Na Na-ish 50's revival band who appeared in AMERICAN GRAFFITI and HAPPY DAYS.

    Maybe it's also worth mentioning that Tishi is Asian and Jordan is White. Certainly no one would give that a second thought now, but in 1976 I think a few people were still having trouble wrapping their minds around "miscegenation." I love that this movie will simply not tolerate any of that bullshit.

    *The movie makes a few jokes that reference Rainbeaux Smith's pregancy, and I always wondered how that whole strange situation came to pass. Was it written like that from day one or did it grow organically out of the real-life situation? I could tell from the vanishing cheerleaders that the film was made over two production periods--did the filmmakers know of her pregnancy and try to conceal it, but when shooting was halted it became impossible to ignore? Well, she's already visibly "with child" in the earliest-shot sequences, so they must surely have known unless there was an unusually long period between casting and filming. As it turns out the director was so anxious to cast Rainbeaux that they wrote her condition into the script, adding yet another surreal element to this already off-the-wall scenario.
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    One last post for the night, my first of 2011...in my time zone, anyway.

    ROTC 04:01-05:00
    The cheerleaders do one more cheer and then everyone heads for the front door of the school, where they all pile up. Presumably in real life the school was closed for the day and the doors were locked. Inside, Joanne and Barb trash-talk the cheerleaders. "Get out the flag--it's VD Day." On the full-screen VHS tape the boom mic is visible at the bottom of the screen. The reformatting for 16x9 on DVD would most likely have taken care of this, but ironically the print used for the DVD had been pre-zoomed to eliminate the mic, resulting in increased grain and some very tight framing in that shot.
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    Re: REVENGE OF THE CHEERLEADERS! (1976!)

    Marshall, this is by far the most ingenious use of a thread I've ever seen here. Looking forward to the next eighty installments!

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    What a way to start off the new year!

    Such an outlandish vehicle is deserving of a similarly unorthodox thread.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty McKee View Post
    Marshall, this is by far the most ingenious use of a thread I've ever seen here. Looking forward to the next eighty installments!
    I'll second that.

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    I agree and I must say that, "I've decided to review REVENGE OF THE CHEERLEADERS one minute at a time." Is my favorite quote of 2010.!!

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