Kuchar Program #3

Unclassified 18+

The Devil's Cleavage
The Devil's Cleavage
The Devil's Cleavage
George Kuchar, 107 mins, USA, 1973, B&W

George Kuchar's lovingly farcical camp parody of Hollywood melodramas - Liz Taylor in Butterfield 8 was a clear influence - has inspired some rapturous prose in its time. Guy Maddin (My Winnipeg) cites The Devil's Cleavage as among his earliest and most formative screen memories, while film academic Chuck Kleinhans calls it "a marvellous hybrid, as if Sam Fuller and [Josef Von] Sternberg had collaborated in shooting a script by Tennessee Williams and Russ Meyer...Douglas Sirk tells us 'Cinema is blood, tears, violence, hate, death and love.' Kuchar reminds us that cinema, like life, is also bedpans, earwax, sleazy fantasy, ineptness, compromise and laughter."

Long-time Kuchar collaborator Curt McDowell (Thundercrack!) appears alongside female lead, Ainslie Pryor, sporting alarmingly heightened, Kuchar-styled eyebrows.

Screens with...

Wild Night in El Reno (6 mins, USA, 1977, 16mm) from George Kuchar's impressionistic weather diary series.

Films screen on 16mm. The Devil's Cleavage screens courtesy of Canyon Cinema. Wild Night in El Reno screens courtesy of George Kuchar and the National Film and Sound Archive.

"Combines heartfelt homage and deft parody. Curt McDowell excels in the male lead as the putz sheriff spouting bald Kucharian dialogue with a deadpan delivery" - Brightlightsfilm.com

"Kuchar"s delightfully anarchic, hilarious and low-budget feature tribute to Hollywood melodrama.the master of camp excess takes on the weepie!" - London Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Dates   Fri 20 May 2011, 9.30pm

Fri 27 May 2011, 9.30pm

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