08 June 2016

'Gli amanti cannibal' VHS mixtape Ordering Information

Get ready to sink your teeth into 'Gli amanti cannibal'. Rendezvous opens its video vault to unleash something so gruesome we had to release it onto video tape!! Strictly limited to 50 hand numbered copies, this will be available to purchase at our next party at the Hyperion Tavern in Los Angeles THIS Friday, June 10th. Leftovers will be available this Saturday the 11th by emailing us at: info(at)rendezvousLA.net

16 March 2016

PRIVATE VICES, PUBLIC VIRTUES (1976) ...Coming soon from Mondo Macabro!!

Another BIG announcement from our friends and sponsor MONDO MACABRO! Coming soon to blu-ray...Miklos Jancso's PRIVATE VICES, PUBLIC VIRTUES (Italy/Yugoslavia, 1976). Enjoy the NSFW trailer below...RENDEZVOUS blu-ray release party perhaps?? Stay tuned!

Coming Soon from Mondo Macabro!

A World Blu-ray Exclusive!


Miklos Jancso (1921-2014) was one of the giants of European art cinema. He had been making films in his native Hungary since 1958, but in 1966 he exploded onto the world scene at Cannes with THE ROUND UP. The international critics had never seen anything like it. Combining cinematography with choreography, Jancso films crowds of soldiers on horseback, peasants, and partisans as they perform a ritualistic dance of love, life and death on the bleak Hungarian plains. Ostensibly a costume piece about the 1848 revolt against the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the film was widely interpreted as a thinly veiled attack on the aborted 1956 Hungarian uprising against Soviet Russia. 

Over his next five features he developed and refined a hypnotic and fluid technique via long, sweeping camera moves and crane shots. Filming in color, his productions became like dazzling "happenings", combining music, dance, naked bodies, horses, men in uniform and spontaneous bursts of singing into a seemingly eternal tracking shot. His films were widely screened at festivals and in art house cinemas. His was a name to drop, an influence to quote.

Then, in the early 1970s, Jancso moved to Italy and began working with new collaborators. Times were changing. It was a post-1968 world and a new explicitness was being seen onscreen, coupled with a certain sense of betrayal about the ideals that had seemed so achievable only a few years before. PRIVATE VICES PUBLIC VIRTUES, made in 1975, reflected both these factors.

The story is based on the famous Mayerling incident where Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria was found dead beside his 17 year old lover in an apparent joint suicide. However as with his earlier productions, the director only used history as a jumping off point. The film is pure Jancso. The long tracking shots are there, the horses are there, the naked bodies are there, as are the snatches of folk music and group singing. The main difference between this film and his more acclaimed earlier works is that it features a host of increasingly bizarre sexual incidents. When it screened as an official entry in the 1976 Cannes Festival and viewers caught on to some of the shocking things that it contained ... well, let's just say that it caused a scandal and in some ways Jancso's reputation never recovered. Like Borowczyk before him, he was almost written off as a one time great film maker who had strayed too far into porn and lost his artistic mojo.

In fact PRIVATE VICES PUBLIC VIRTUES now plays like an overlooked masterpiece. There really is nothing like it in world cinema. The controversy long behind us, we can see that this is one of those rare erotic productions where the point of the film lies in its excess. There's nothing gratuitous about it. Known in Germany as THE BIG ORGY (Die Grosse Orgie), this amazing piece of subversive 70s cinema has never been well treated on home video - pirated, cut and generally not given the respect it deserves. This new release from Mondo Macabro, a world Blu-ray exclusive taken from the original negative, will bring this forgotten classic of world cinema back into the spotlight. It's a film that once seen cannot be forgotten, and it deserves a place in the home of all adventurous film lovers.

PRIVATE VICES, PUBLIC VIRTUES - uncensored trailer from Mondo Macabro on Vimeo.

02 March 2016

RENDEZVOUS & Grindhouse Releasing presents PIECES Blu-Ray release party! (3/11)

Dearest friends, please join us and our pals from Grindhouse Releasing next Friday the 11th of March, as we celebrate their beautiful new blu-ray release of Juan Piquer Simon's classic 80's slasher PIECES! In typical RENDEZVOUS fashion, we will have LOTS of surprises and exclusives on hand...all to be announced! Immediately following the film, the RENDEZVOUS crew (and guests!) will be spinning all sorts of soundtrack and library goodness, including selections from the PIECES OST featuring music from Fabio Frizzi, Carlo Cordio, Stelvio Cipriani, et al. We will also be giving away TWO vinyl copies of the soundtrack, courtesy of the good folks over at Two Headed Dog!! Finally, last but DEFINITELY not least, our resident RENDEZVOUS film archivist, Jim Branscome, will be screening a specially crafted highlight reel showcasing an array of 80's slasher goodness. We are expecting this to be one of our busiest events to date, so early arrival is STRONGLY encouraged! See you there!!


$5 Beers. Cash only. FREE entry.

Come early for FREE buttons & other surprises (while supplies last), PLUS Severin Films, Mondo Macabro, Grindhouse Releasing, and Diabolik DVD merch for sale!!

8PM - Juan Piquer Simon's PIECES (USA/Spain/Puerto Rico, 1982)

DJ's immediately following the film (approximately 9:45PM)

Special guest DJ's:

+UMBERTO (Death Waltz Recording Co., Rock Action, Not Not Fun) [umberto.bandcamp.com] +DJ Quiz Kid Donnie Smith (LA)
+ more TBA

Resident DJ's:
Alfonso Carrillo
Carlos Rossi
Dina Juntila
Chris Tillotson
Ethan Hull

Resident film librarian and visual effects by: Jim Branscome

Line producer & accounting by: Jaime Pinedo

Hyperion Tavern
1941 Hyperion Avenue
Los Angeles 90027

RSVP on Facebook HERE!

**Sponsored by Severin Films, Distribpix Inc, Mondo Macabro, Grindhouse Releasing, Diabolik DVD, Death Waltz Recording Company, Finders Keepers Records, & Four Flies Records

26 February 2016