Third Man Records and the Belcourt Theatre bring another wonderful selection to the experimental film series Light and Sound Machine. Tonight’s film is legendary underground filmmaker George Kuchar’s The Devil’s Cleavage preceded by his short Hold Me While I’m Naked. Read the below quote, watch the trailer for the enormously-entertaining Kuchar brothers doc It Came from Kuchar, and be at Third Man tonight!
“George Kuchar’s lovingly farcical re-creation of those (Forties and Fifties) melodramas, THE DEVIL’S CLEAVAGE, is a camp parody that sometimes directly steals from the genre, sometimes burlesques it, and often travesties it. As you might expect, it soon begins to mock all kinds of cinematic references, from Hitchcock to Preminger. But leave the exact details to pedants, laughter’s the thing here . Kuchar manages terribly well in terms of imagination and inventiveness, and just plain terribly in terms of such humdrum details of filming as using a light meter and tape recorder. Technical ineptness aside, we end up with a marvelous hybrid, as if Sam Fuller and Sternberg had collaborated in shooting a script by Tennessee Williams and Russ Meyer. Which is to say that excess is the most basic element of Kuchar’s method, even when (almost paradoxically) it’s an excess of cliche (‘Such language! Bite your tongue!’ ‘Bite it for me!) 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.” — Chuck Kleinhans, Film Center program
Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 in advance for Belcourt members.
As always, thanks to Ben Swank and James Cathcart for putting this on!
The Light and Sound Machine presents The Devil’s Cleavage
Thursday, January 16th, 2014. 7 p.m.
$10 at door or $8 in advance for Belcourt members.
@ Third Man Records
623 7th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203