This February the Film Society will present a special retrospective of the films of Raquel Welch, the marquee sex symbol of the ’60s and ’70s, with Welch herself in attendance at the Walter Reade Theater to fête many of her classics.
Among the last studio contract actresses, Welch is an enduring icon of Hollywood glamor from an era when the industry was undergoing fundamental change. She remains a familiar presence today, but the series, which runs February 10 – 14, will hearken back to her heyday with audience classics like The Three Musketeers (1974) and Fantastic Voyage (1966), the sci-fi hit that proved to be her star-making turn. Programming Associate Josh Strauss said that Welch’s “infectious charisma combined with her exquisite organic beauty” led her to become “a screen icon that defined a generation.”
Welch will appear in person to discuss a diverse selection of films in the 10-feature series, including her iconic doeskin-bikini role in One Million Years B.C. (1967) and even her notorious part in Myra Breckinridge (1970), now reclaimed in cult circles. She’ll also appear for Fantastic Voyage, Hannie Caulder (1971) and Kansas City Bomber (1972).
Tickets for “Cinematic Goddess: American Sex Symbol, the Films of Raquel Welch” will go on sale soon and will begin at $8 for Film Society members.
Image courtesy of the Kobal Collection.