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A Séance for Jack Smith
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A Séance for Jack Smith

“Burn everything”, he said over and over. “I’ve lived my life in obscurity, now I’m dying in obscurity.”  “But Jack”, I pleaded, “The world needs your work.”  ‘”The world never helped me!” He screamed.  “But Jack! What about all the people who never hurt you? What about the future?” I countered.  “The future? The future? … Continue reading

Davis, Hellman, and The Little Foxes
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Davis, Hellman, and The Little Foxes

The Little Foxes and Lillian Hellmann  The Little Foxes is one of the forgotten plays, puzzling since its roots in capitalistic greed, wealth and family conflict make it a timely piece for a 21st century world loaded with questions as to who owns the wealth and who doesn’t.  Hellman became an overnight sensation when her play … Continue reading

Morrissey in Overview by Robert Curry
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Morrissey in Overview by Robert Curry

I have loved the cinema of Paul Morrissey longer than I have most filmmakers.  He has always been a fascinating figure to me.  When I happened to have a very long and personal conversation with him this passed September, I decided to pen my own informal history of his work.  The quotes in this piece … Continue reading

Queer Cinema Japan: Funeral Parade of Roses
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Queer Cinema Japan: Funeral Parade of Roses

Queer Cinema Japan is a Continuing Series on Cinema Homosexualis.  Funeral Parade of Roses (薔薇の葬列, Bara no Sōretsu) was the first approved Japanese film to portray homosexuality. Released in 1969  and apparently expected to be a commercial release, this was Experimental film-maker Shuji Matsumoto’s first full length feature, and as far from the commercial drudgery … Continue reading

Paranoid Wonderland: Fantasy as Fears Past and Present in ‘The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T’
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Paranoid Wonderland: Fantasy as Fears Past and Present in ‘The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T’

Beginning’s and endings  make or break a film, perhaps explaining The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T’s confusing start. The transition between dream and reality is decidedly uneasy, beginning with a bizarre chase scene with painted green men in fuzzy suits and butterfly nets pursuing our young hero. Why this proves an efficient beginning is bizarre … Continue reading