Mansfield 66/67

Director: P. David Ebersole & Todd Hughes
2017 | USA | 85m
GENRE: Arts & Literature | Biography/History | Camp | Comedy | Death/Dying | Discrimination | Documentary | Experimental | Local Interest/Subjects
SECTION: Documentary
Expected Guests: Directors, P. David Ebersole & Todd Hughes

The effervescent, outsize life and tragic death of iconic blonde bombshell Jayne Mansfield—so much the embodiment of Tinseltown extravagance and scandal that she is pictured on the cover of Kenneth Anger’s notorious book Hollywood Babylon—are the focus of this marvelously peculiar film that’s mostly a documentary. Throw in some animation, dramatization, and interpretive dance, and we’re in new filmic territory here, darlings!

Cinephiles won’t want to miss this chance to join Mansfield fans and fellow movie buffs like Peaches Christ, John Waters, and Kenneth Anger, as well as a host of experts across numerous disciplines, as they consider Mansfield’s contributions to film and to pop culture. Mansfield lived large, both in her custom-built “pink palace” on Sunset Boulevard and in the public eye—working the tabloids like no one before her ever had.

After a merry romp through Mansfield’s oeuvre, Mansfield 66/67 settles on her relationship with San Francisco’s own Anton LaVey, the infamous founder of the Church of Satan. The pair shared a love of publicity (and perhaps something more), and the film explores the rumors that a curse LaVey placed on another man in Mansfield’s life was ultimately responsible for the horrific car accident that killed her.

Mansfield 66/67 goes beyond the extravagant sex symbol’s candy-colored public persona and reveals the enigmatic woman who created it. San Francisco’s colorful connections to the film and to Mansfield’s life make it a fascinating must-see.

— ELSA TOUCHE

CO-PRESENTED BY
Peaches Christ Productions