Skip to main content

MIXED BLOOD

USA, 1986 (MIFF 1986)

Director: Paul Morrissey

Rita la Punta is a Brazilian drug dealer who has made her home in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. She recruits Hispanics under the age of 15 as they are too young to be prosecuted for murder. She muscles in on the drug monopolies, the suppliers and the dealers. Overprotective towards Thiago. her son who seems not to be the "full quid". Rita's gang soon finds itself involved in a full scale war.

Paul Morrissey, best known as Andy Warhol's film director throughout the 1970s, has made a violent, black comedy certain to churn the stomachs of many in the audience. MIXED BLOOD is located among the ruins of Alphabet City — Avenues A to D on Manhattan's Lower East Side — notorious for its drui trade and street crime. Morrissey deliberately sets out to shock by exaggerating and laughing at most audiences' preconceptions of New York's seediest area. At times like a spaghetti western, at others like an austere Bresson film. MIXED BLOOD is essentially a high energy satire.

See also...

FORTY DEUCE

Director Paul Morrissey, long-time associate of Andy Warhol and creator of such films as Trash, Frankenstein, Dracula, and Heat, takes us on a journey through a different sort of jungle: the streets ... More »

TRASH

Trash deals with humans close to despair, but its tone is a comic one. Joe's problem is impotence, the result of his addiction to heroin. This film traces the various attempts made to revivify his ... More »

By Bread Alone

A young priest returns home on vacation tries unsuccessfully to convert his mother returns to church and has a kind of vision Bizarre comic iconoclastic short fiction. ... More »

The International Sweethearts of Rhythm: America's Greatest All Girl Band

The International Sweethearts of Rhythm was a multi-racial. all women's jazz band that toured the US in the 1940s. The film places the International Sweethearts in an historical context and explores ... More »

THE RIVERBED

Rachel Reichman's first feature is a Depression-era fable, shot in black and white and cast with a metallic blue tint that lends it a coldly ethereal quality. ... The Riverbed traces the story of a ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director