You can be forgiven for not knowing the name Frank Tashlin. Despite being one of the great directors of film comedies and possessing a style all his own, he never achieved the name recognition of other comic directors like Preston Sturges. Correct your oversight by getting out to Bachelors and Bombshells: Six Films by Frank Tashlin, running at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art on June 15, 17 and 18. Tashlin’s manic style draws inspiration from the world of cartoons (he began his career as an animator, where he worked on several Looney Tunes shorts), and he channels that irrepressible energy into biting satires of the vacuity of the entertainment business.
The absolute essential here is Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, a merciless skewering of Hollywood and Madison Avenue, playing in a new restoration. But all the films are worth catching, especially since two of the films, Bachelor Flat and the underrated Artists and Models, are being screened from 35mm prints. Tashlin’s flair for bright colors will pop all the more on original film stock.