EIF: The Phynx (hosted by Patton Oswalt)


Patton Oswalt’s long been the kind of smart, passionate filmic crate-digger we love to hang with — and he’s back in our house to present the first L.A. 35mm screening in ten years of The Phynx: a most curious curio from the death throes of old-school Hollywood, back when it was desperately clutching for the post-Easy Rider youth market. Pop quiz: name the movie that stars Richard Pryor, Colonel Sanders and Busby Berkeley all in the same 90 minutes? This bubblegum pop parody/sub-Get Smart Albanian spy caper/world’s record attempt for most cameos in a single flick very quickly came and went, with no home video release on any format until just a few months ago. The Phynx is not just an avalanche of cameo porn — it’s a cameo porno holocaust, with crusty stars of yesteryear crammed in next to Baby Boomer hepcats, and, yes, even the real-life KFC maven. Weirder than it has any right to be, and with a sick sense of lysergic humor that only other Hollywood bombs like Skidoo could quasi-pull off, The Phynx is a theatrical experience Seventies civilians were simply unprepared for (and we’re not too sure we’re yet prepared for it today either!)
Dir. Lee H. Katzin, 1970, 35mm, 81 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “The Phynx”!