Motorpsycho! [Motorpsicho] (Two original lobby cards from the 1965 film)
by Meyer, Russ (director, screenwriter, still photographer); Ross Massbaum, Billy Sprague (screenwriter); Haji, Alex Rocco, Steve Oliver, Holie K. Winters (starring)
Romania: Eve Productions, 1970. Two vintage oversize borderless black-and-white lobby cards from a 1970s Romanian release of the 1965 US film. Rubber-stamped on the versos MOTQRPSICHO [sic] FAVORIT, indicative of the Cinema Favorit in Romania, once the largest and most popular cinema in the country, and one that operated even under the then-Communist regime. One lobby card also bears the imprint of the cinema on the recto. Seen in the lobby cards is Haji, as a voluptuous Cajun woman named Ruby, and Alex Rocco, as a veterinarian named Cory whose wife was raped by a sex-hungry motorcycle gang, the same Vietnam Vet-led gang that killed Ruby's husband. The last of Meyer's "noir" cycle (1964-1965), or "Gothic" period as Meyer puts it, a series of sexploitation films shot in black-and-white, with powerful psycho-sexual female characters, male impotence, and a serious dramatic plot involving less of the "nudie" filmmaking style so prominent in the director's early films. Other films in his "Gothic" period include "Lorna" (1964), "Mudhoney" (1965), and the epic and legendary, "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! " (1965). "Fanny Hill" (1964) snuck in right after "Lorna," although that film is generally left out of the "Gothic" period. "Motorpsycho!" was written by James Griffith, who starred as the Preacher narrator in "Lorna," and the underrated Hal Hopper, another Meyer regular. The film explores not only the ever present "biker" culture and its association with uncontrolled violence, but the lasting effects of war, or post-traumatic stress disorder, particularly the Vietnam War; Meyer's statement on PTSD and Vietnam stands as one of the earliest inferences. 9.25 x 11.5 inches (23.25 x 29 cm). One card is matte, the other glossy. Very Good plus overall, both with pinholes at the corners, edge creases, slight curling. (Inventory #: 139232)
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