Friday, December 22, 2023

Movie Mogul

Pat Rocco took an integrated approach to movie making when he took it up in the late 1960s.  He produced, directed, promoted, distributed, and screened his own work.  For all I know, he may have even developed the film, too.  Above we see Bill Voldemar (aka Richard Jalakas) and Greg Lionby in what I believe is a scene from "Blue Prelude."  Mr. Rocco initially screened his movies at the Park Theatre in LA, but he eventually expanded to half a dozen venues, some of which he owned.

The premiere party for Mondo Rocco must have been something.

Mr. Rocco''s off the wall creativity knew no bounds.  For "Breath of Love" he actually shot a nude ballet on the Hollywood Freeway at dawn.  You can't make this stuff up.

The SPREE cohort even helped Pat Rocco sell 8mm home versions of his films 
and still photos from them in the theater lobbies at screenings.



  1. Madonna credits Pat's Breath Of Love as an inspiration for some of the nude photos in her book Sex.

    1. I didn't know that. Now it would really be something if Madonna had shot some of those photos on the Hollywood Freeway, lol.

    2. Wow. Really great post. Lots of stuff here. The highway stuff is wild.

    3. Yeah, Mr. Rocco was a maniac, and I mean that in the nicest way.