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Wednesday July 1, 2009 - 1:00 pm
The Paley Center, Manhattan


(1982, 99 mins, Amnesty International, Directed by Roger Graef & Julien Temple)

As of spring 1982, none of the "Secret Policeman's Ball" films had been released in the USA - having been considered "too British" for American audiences by most studios. Producer Martin Lewis finally contracted with budding distributors Bob & Harvey Weinstein and their recently-formed Miramax Films to produce a US version of the latest UK film. Lewis created a new film that fused the highlights of the 1979 and 1981 films into one "made-for-America" movie - replete with Don Pardo narrated prologue. Fueled by an artfully-generated feud with the Moral Majority that saw Graham Chapman's TV spots for the film (as a member of the ORAL Majority) banned by US networks - the film became a big success in the summer of 1982 - Miramax's first. This unique hybrid film was briefly available on VHS and then permanently deleted. Never on DVD. First screening anywhere in 27 years!

Today's Stars!

Comedic Performers:
Rowan AtkinsonBeyond The FringeEleanor BronTim Brooke-TaylorKen CampbellGraham ChapmanJohn CleesePeter CookJohn FortuneTerry JonesChris LanghamSylvester McCoyMichael PalinDavid RappaportGriff Rhys JonesAlexei SaylePamela StephensonVictoria Wood

Rock Musicians:
Jeff BeckEric ClaptonPhil CollinsThe Secret PoliceStingPete TownshendJohn Williams

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