For many they go hand in hand. Nah…not really my thing – at least not the first
I was among friends Wednesday evening for an interactive cult classic “Valley of the Dolls” movie night here in Palm Springs at the Historic Camelot Theatre (newly re branded as the cultural center). Along with cheating and cat fights…the evening offered up all the trappings of a controversially dated movie… or is it.? Cocktails beforehand. Mine was a Long Island Iced Tea. Bartender suggested something strong, stiff + straight up to get through the night. The last time I had one was many years ago in Toronto after the Genie Awards (Canadian equivalent of Academy Awards). My poor friend Margeaux had to pack my suitcase for me because we had a flight out the very next morning and I was in no shape to do so. But I digress….
This is the second time since then but only because the bartender kept bragging about how perfect his L.I.I.T. was because he learned from the person who created it. In Long Island no less. But again, I digress….
As my friend Tammy mentioned – and this film goes to prove, fame & fortune do not a fulfilling life make. Dolls (pills) help to ease the ups and owns of the reality of every day life. Speaking of which I had at least two bottles to myself last night. Actually they were candy. We were given bottles to rattle every time someone in the film grabbed a pill (which was a lot). Also for the virgins (who hadn’t seen the movie before) we were given whistles to blow every time there was a scene with a train. It was a really fun evening even though the movie itself turned out to be sad in the end. And of course for other reasons because Sharon Tate was one of the stars. And sadly, speaking of the trappings of success along with beauty, we know what became of her horrific ending.
The book was very popular in the 60’s. Written by Jacqueline Susann, (she had a cameo as a reporter) I’ll never forget the cover.
Professional photos to come but I couldn’t wait to post these taken from various cell phones. That was another thing...only rotary phones in the movie. Remember them?
Have you been to one of these interactive movie/cocktail nights?