A selection from the pages of defunct British movie magazines from 1969...
|Photoplay Film Monthly, January - half page ad|
|Photoplay Film Monthly, January - full page ad|
|Films and Filming, March - full page ad|
To be fair, Hammer were trying to reinvent themselves. As in, add more nudity. Not just to their vampire films, but to this follow-up to One Million Years B.C.. Despite the carnage and the cleavage, the film still only rated an 'A' certificate (kids allowed in with an adult). So, for an eight year-old, topless cavewomen and rough sex were a bit of a surprise. This would have been the film where I asked, "Mummy, what are they doing?"
|Films and Filming, June - double-page centrespread|
The same month, Hammer Films announced a raft of their forthcoming films. But several of the titles listed here never got made. Note that they planned another Dennis Wheatley adaption (The Haunting of Toby Jugg), that would have added to The Devil Rides Out and To The Devil A Daughter. I've seen the poster for When The World Cracked Open, but I'm not sure what The Claw and In The Sun would have been.
|Films and Filming, August - half page ad|
|Photoplay Film Monthly, September - full page ad|
|Films and Filming, September - full page ad|
More controversy - perhaps even more infamous than The Wild Bunch. Ken Russell's Women in Love was a very revealing benchmark of public prudity, which erupted over the scene where Alan Bates and Oliver Reed wrestled nude by an open fireplace. Not only did it break the taboo of full frontal male nudity, but their sweaty grappling was too much like gay sex for many reviewers to handle. A stark contrast to the reaction to female nudity onscreen, which had been more warmly welcomed by the establishment, although similarly carefully censored.
|Films and Filming, December - full page ad|
Note also, that this first played at The Prince Charles Cinema, just off Leicester Square. It's still rolling today, but with daily repertory screenings.
Next up - you guessed it - 1970!
More magazine Flashbacks:
Lawrence of Arabia and more from 1963.
Blow Up, The Trip and more from 1967.
Barbarella, Witchfinder General from 1968.