Kuchar Program #2

Unclassified 18+

Sins of the Fleshapoids
Sins of the Fleshapoids
Sins of the Fleshapoids
Mike Kuchar, 43 mins, USA, 1965

In the seminal, luridly styled camp classic by Mike Kuchar, humans indulge the fulfilment of their every carnal desire while enslaved androids polish the silverware. Kuchar regular Bob Cowan narrates dramatically while starring, rather touchingly, as a rebellious male robot who asserts his right to love in a pre-Barbarella scene of erotic consummation (notoriously ripped off by Roger Vadim).

Hold Me While I'm Naked
George Kuchar, 15 mins, USA, 1966

George Kuchar helmed the 1966 short, Hold Me While I'm Naked and appeared in the role of a filmmaker negotiating on-set issues with his female star (Kuchar leading lady, Donna Kerness; "A busty dance student from Queens," as film writer Jack Stevenson recalls) as well as more personal devastations and desires. Poetically exquisite scenes featuring George in a woodland setting - Wayne Wang refers to their "unbearable humanity" in Kroots' documentary - pre-date David Lynch by two decades.

The Craven Sluck
Mike Kuchar, 23 mins, USA, 1967

In Mike Kuchar's alien invasion melodrama, sibling George co-stars in a torrid tale of adultery - inspired by Douglas Sirk's Imitation of Life, no less - in which the desperate female protagonist gets to deliver lines like "he makes me ashamed of my torso and womanly charms."

"George and Mike Kuchar's films were my first inspiration...these were the pivotal films of my youth, bigger influences than Warhol, Kenneth Anger, even The Wizard of Oz. Here were directors I could idolize - complete crackpots without an ounce of pretension, outsiders to even 'underground' sensibilities, who made exactly the films they wanted to make, without any money, starring their friends" - John Waters

"...Sins of the Fleshapoids remains one of the three most influential works of the '60s American Underground, if one of the least self-consciously scandalous" - brightlightsfilm.com
Films screen on 16mm. Sins of the Fleshapoids and The Craven Sluck courtesy of NYC Filmmakers' Cooperative; Hold Me While I'm Naked courtesy of Canyon Cinema.
Dates   Fri 6 May 2011, 9.30pm

Fri 13 May 2011, 9.30pm

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