11 Responses to “The Sunday Intertitles: Chafing and Preservation”

  1. Harvey Milk — the real, actual Harvey Milk, not the “Incredible Simiulation” made by Sean Penn — has a walk-on in Chafed Elbows. So does Harvey’s old boyfriend Tom O’Horgan — the great, now-nearly-fogotten theater director whose Hair changed the world.

  2. Wow. I need to watch it again to see if I can spot the cameos. Just got my hands on Greaser’s Palace so I hope to have more Downey fun soon.

  3. Downey Jr. makes his debut in Pound — whose cast includes Corrine Calvert and Harry Rigby.

  4. Isn’t it amazing that the US once had a healthy underground film industry, pushing the boundaries? Nowadays, pushing the boundaries here means executing newer, better digital SPFX. Not much transgressiveness happening around here anymore.

  5. Christopher Says:

    I just snagged a copy of Greaser’s Palace myself..I remember when it played the theatre(for about a weekend)..but I never saw it..I understand a little Downey jr. is in it somewhere..

  6. I don’t even see much video work that’s particularly radical in the US now. But maybe there’s a bunch of great stuff I’m just not aware of.

    I know Robert Jnr is in Pound, not sure if he’s in GP.

  7. I knew Sr. slightly back in the day. When I first met Jr. he was crawling on the floor near Sr’s feet.

    And speaking of avant-garde film, I just download and watched Film Socialisme de Jean-Luc Godard. Some kind of masterpiece. It’s a lament for europe. I can well see why this may be his last film. If so he ends on a very high note.

    Here’s my Fablog entry on it. At it’s close there’s a link to a free download of the entire film.

  8. David C,
    If it’s out there, it’s even under the underground and won’t play much of anywhere. Aficionados may find some treasures, but those won’t get to the unwashed like me. I keep feeling (without any strong evidence, I might add) it’s due to the death of the independent arthouse circuit in smaller cities. Our city’s was almost totally dead by the mid-1980s and it was sick long before that.

  9. The last wave of underground American cinema (Kern, Zedd et al) got turned into the Suicide Girl aesthetic. There is no underground that can’t be co-opted any more. It’s too depressing to think about.

  10. Anything that achieves popularity can and will be co-opted in some way. Although those who create it can choose not to be involved. The best way to avoid all that is to simply not distribute or exhibit the work — maybe some underground genius has figured that out and is toiling in silence as we “speak”.

  11. Showings in an apartment in the middle of a hipster community (and nowhere else) would work. I’ve been to some extreme art shows in places nobody would travel willingly (most are demolished now, too). There’s an idea, film screenings in condemned buildings. Well, just before they’re condemned.

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