This more properly should be called “I would have watched it 100 times.” I saw each of these movies once, and fell so madly in love that I have never forgotten them.
Sometimes I think I step into these wormholes where only I and half a dozen other crazies get to see a film…and then it vanishes forever.
Pourquoi Pas! or Why Not? I don’t even remember where I saw it. It’s just adorable. Two young men and a young woman live together in a menage a trois in a big old house in France. The young man whose role is house-husband suffers a crisis of sorts and runs away. When he returns, he brings a young woman he calls his fiancee—who doesn’t know anything about her betrothed’s relationship with his housemates. I saw it once back in the seventies, and judging by its profile on IMDB only seven other people in the world saw it…but we all loved it. It seems to have utterly vanished. Dammit! I would own it and watch it many times if I could.
How about Apple War (Appelkriget)? Surely this is one of the greatest fantasy films of all time. It has a magical sequence that begins with a young woman (Monica Zetterlund) spitting on her shoe and throwing it out the window, and ends with a room full of cabinet ministers getting inadvertently drunk in a sauna and then failing to pass a bill that will destroy the young woman’s home valley. It’s Swedish-made. I saw it in Boston in the late 1970s—Noreascon II, possibly—and never saw it anywhere ever again. But today, I find it on YouTube, uploaded in seven segments. Hurrah! Oh, if only it were available on DVD!
(Just took a break to watch it again after thirty-five years…snf!…it’s as good as ever!)
Other gems I recall from that Noreascon film room were Fish Heads, a short called The Wizard of Speed and Time, and a wonderful music video of Petulia Clark’s “Downtown”—possibly the first music video ever.
Fish Heads is available on YouTube, surely the greatest invention ever for one’s yearning for past greatness. Watching this again, I think They Might Be Giants may have been smoking something, then watched Fish Heads, and been pleasurably scarred for life. The Wizard of Speed and Time can also be found on YouTube.
…But Pourquoi Pas and the photomontage video of “Downtown” seem lost forever.
What about you? Are there any wonderful movies you’ve loved and lost?