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George Kuchar Retrospective

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 plays out self-loathing and sexual fears against ugly sixties styles and plastic Catholic software ... Read more
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 vulnerable emotions of the diary film genre with the cinematic 'passions' of the Hollywood sex ... Read more
A cruel but hilarious document of Kuchar 'directing' a student actress in a monstrously melodramatic scene. Kuchar's own 'performance' talent is supreme as he forces the actress into the extreme hysterical reaches of over-acting — the ambivalence between emotional sincerity and a cynical ... Read more
'Kuchar mothers his dog as if it were an autistic child, white he reminisces in their San Francisco living room about their past in the Bronx. Since the massive animal cannot talk back, the filmmaker monologues his own biography to him, illustrating it with flashbacks. The degenerate enthusiasm ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 storm lights the night skies and party noises are heard from a neighbouring cabin. Superbly shot, it is ... Read more
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