Flaming Creatures and two films by George Kuchar
Location: Redstone Theater
Dir. Jack Smith. 1962, 43 mins. 16mm. “What’s left to say about a film that continues to arouse, repulse, delight, and terrify nearly over 55 years after its release? If avant-garde cinema and pulp pictures had drugged-out sex, Flaming Creatures would be their wicked offspring. It remains Jack Smith’s most potent, intuitive, and visually provocatively response to the deadening forces of what he called ‘our rented world.'”—Donal Mosher
Dir. George Kuchar. 1967, 9 mins. 16mm. “The special gift of George Kuchar is that he is a humorist with a great sense of tragedy. His people are so much larger, so much more real, than most of the people you see in cinema today. Recently I saw again George Kuchar’s short film, Moshulu Holiday, and I was amazed at how much he managed to put in that short film—there was the Bronx, split open, it’s very heart, sad, crying, and laughing.”—Jonas Mekas, The Village Voice
Dir. George Kuchar. 1966, 15 mins. 16mm. “George Kuchar brings us a color saturated melodrama that looks at obsession masking as art, as well as human cruelty and frailty. As in so much of Kuchar’s work, a wink to the audience hides real tears, proving that camp can be both a loving joke and shorthand toward expressing complex and moving material.”—Donal Mosher
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