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GEORGE KUCHAR: A THUNDERCRACK OF PARLOR PERVERSITY

Wed, Sep 16 & Thu, Sep 17 / 9 PM
Curated and Introduced by Irene Bindi

In a 1968 issue of Film Culture, filmmaker George Kuchar described his approach in a way that remains applicable today: “Usually you go into a theatre and there are three scenes. I mean three moments in the picture where it’s intense. I don’t believe in that. I believe the motion picture should be intense from beginning to end. No movie I’ve seen has had that…constant turbulence from beginning to end. So I have to go that way.”

PROGRAM ONE

Wed Sept 16 – 9 PM
A Selection of George Kuchar Weather Films

From his earliest to most recent work, Kuchar has always had an interest in extreme weather. This is most poignantly portrayed in his “weather diary” films which depict his tornado-chasing exploits during severe storm seasons in Oklahoma, where he habitually took up residence in hotel rooms and trailer parks in order to follow the storms as well as the locals. This first program features Weather Diary #2, the 1968 Knocturne with Joyce Wieland, Frank Meyer and Bocko as well as the short storm film, Wild Night in El Reno.

PROGRAM TWO

Thu Sept 17 – 9 PM
Parlor Perversity: Mosholu Holiday & The Devil’s Cleavage

This program focuses on Kuchar’s signature over-the-top trashy and tempestuous style of melodrama, inspired by the Hollywood melodramas of the 1940’s and 50’s, in The Devil’s Cleavage and Mosholu Holiday.

Mosholu Holiday | U.S. | 1966 | 10 mins |
A special guest appearance by Canadian TV star Bill Ronald along with the massive presence of “Mrs. Bronx” herself, Frances Leibowitz, and her girlfriend Iris, make this film a must-see for travel enthusiasts and horror fans. – George Kuchar

THE DEVIL’S CLEAVAGE | U.S. | 1973 | 122 mins
Parodying the 1940’s melodramas that he loves so, The Devil’s Cleavage is a comedic masterpiece, referencing myriad Hollywood films, while keeping the slimy and cruddy side of domestic life in the foreground.

Background / Irene Bindi
Irene Bindi has an MFA in film and Video from York University as well as a BA in Film Studies and English from University of Western Ontario. She has an exceptional background in filmmaking, writing and curating, including having curated a retrospective on the films of Jack Chambers last year for Cinematheque.

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