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Pagan Rhapsody

USA, 1970 (MIFF 1989, George Kuchar Retrospective)

Director: George Kuchar

Like Hold Me While I'm Naked, Rhapsody is as much about the difficulty of staging the drama as drama itself. Grand pianist Edgar is trying to recount his memoirs for biographer Camillo: they are both seeking someone to play Edgar's old flame who died in a sudden skiing accident. Eva appears and its Vertigo all over again until the colour and editing drown out the narrative. One of Kuchar's most visually emphatic films

— like a knock-down-throw-about Frank
Tashlin overlaid on Roger Corman's The
Masque of the Red Death.

* Print courtesy of National Library, Film Study Collection.

See also...

IT CAME FROM KUCHAR

USA, 2009

2009
“We only make pictures because we need to and we have to.” - Mike Kuchar ... Compulsively reinterpreting 20th Century Fox spectacles of the 1950s in their Bronx apartment with an auntie's Super 8… More »

Video Album 3

USA, 1986
George Kuchar, renowned avant-garde filmmaker based in California creates a day-in-the-hfe style of video documentary (the third in the series). ... More »

Hold Me While I'm Naked

USA, 1966
A bitter-sweet and hilarious depiction of sexual frustration, loneliness and the raw-end of filmmaking business. With deft and assured visual and editing skill, Kuchar manages to intertwine the naked… More »

Eclipse of the Sun Virgin

USA, 1967
Kuchar's Fireworks, an obsessive autobiographical vignette, which like Kenneth Anger's film, ends in violence (a few frames from a medical instruction film). Instead of sexual fantasy, though, Kuchar… More »

Wild Night in El Reno

USA, 1977
In Wild Night, Kuchar indulges his other passion — for the weather. In a motel on the Southern plains, through an open window, a shirt flaps on a washline in the breeze: a furious dramatic stor… More »

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