"How come it's only people in Hollywood that wear sunglasses all the time?"
"Because we know how ugly everyone is, and so we wear them."
35mm print - MoMa
Perhaps it’s fitting for a film so elusive that Abel seems to have the fuzziest of memories about the making. At the q&a I attended, when asked about what he thought of the film seeing it 20+ years later, he said something to the affect of “I was like who the fuck made this?!” And when Willem Dafoe remarked that he remembered a lot of improvisation on set, Abel said “you do?”
Other highlights from said q&a:
- “when I…
Tough to write about this one with a sense objectivity since I consider it one of the three or so films that acted as my induction into cinephilia...and music, and the world of contemporary art for that matter.
Having as much in common with the work of Mike Kelly or the Viennese Actionists as it does with his cinematic influences like the eponymous Gummo Marx (and his more famous brothers), the raw docudramas of Alan Clarke, or the assemblage editing…