Dec 05 2012

The Cinélunatique December Program is here !

Published by at 18:09 under Filmreakter

Only two more films left for this year, but what killer films they are! This coming saturday you get one of the all time greats, Russ Meyer’s legendary Beyond the Valley of Dolls, followed by Quentin Dupieux’ much discussed surprise hit Rubber. If you like your cinema strange, pure and drained of any sense whatsoever (what a burden lifted off our shoulders!), then don’t miss out on these gems – we for one are proud as hell to help make Luxembourg just a tiny bit weird.

 

08.12.
Heaving bosoms meet heavy Pulitzer
BEYOND THE VALLEY OF DOLLS
(US 1969, VOStFR, dir: Russ Meyer, with: Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, 109′)
Russ Meyer counts as one of exploitation cinema’s true auteurs, a filmmaker with a unique body of work that goes far beyond the confines of the sexploitation genre of which he was the undisputed king. For a brief period at the end of the sixties even Hollywood acknowledged “King Leer’s” distinct talent when 20th Century Fox offered him a three picture deal of which “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” was to be the raunchy kickoff. “BVD” was initially conceived as a straight-forward sequel to the critically reviled Hollywood tearjerker “The Valley of Dolls”, but Meyer renounced all obligations to its predecessor and instead made a parody of the previous film and Hollywood conventions in general.
The thin story (three girls come to Hollywood to make it big, but find only sex, drugs and corruption) is merely an excuse for psychedelic, orgiastic fun tinged with biting satire of the free love movement – and an exploitative nod to the Manson family (Sharon Tate had just been murdered when the film went into production).
The film went on to become an X-rated box-office smash, but only one more film came out of Meyer’s fling with the Hollywood Studio-system. Actress Grace Kelly, who was on the board of directors of Fox at the time, was outraged the studio had hired “a pornographer” and lobbied to have his contract terminated!
“BVD” counts among the weirdest things ever to come out of Hollywood, something the film’s co-scriptwriter (and later Pulitzer-awarded film critic!) Roger Ebert fondly remembers as a “pure film, without any message whatsoever”.

 

15.12
Tire-screeching meta thriller
RUBBER
(FR / Angola 2010, VOStFR, dir: Quentin Dupieux, with: Stephen Spinella, Roxane Mesquida, Wings Hauser, 82′)
The must-have ticket at 2010’s Cannes Film Festival! Part horror, part nonsense comedy, all post- post- (post-?) modern essay about genre cinema: are you tired of the usual villains served to you by lazy horror film directors? So was Quentin Dupieux, alias Mr. Oizo – famed French electronic musician – literally tire-d! So he came up with the first (and probably, last) evil rubber TIRE in film history, killing everyone in its path! How? Exploding their heads through telekinesis! It’s up to a philosophically-minded sheriff and his crew to put things right – except that they all seem to know they’re characters in a movie. Non-sense of the highest order.
Dupieux became famous after directing the legendary “Flat Eric” Levis ad at the end of the 1990’s. After baffling French audiences with the anti-comedy “Steak” (starring laughmeisters Eric et Ramzy), he received backing from ARTE and landed in the American desert. Equipped with a Canon DSLR camera Dupieux made “Rubber” with a very small crew, defying expectations at every turn and somehow bridging the impossible gap between art, genre potboiler and crowdpleaser. Is it fish or fowl? Who cares? It’s Rubber!

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Only two more films left for this year, but what killer films they are! This coming saturday you get one of the all time greats, Russ Meyer’s legendary Beyond the Valley of Dolls, followed by Quentin Dupieux’ much discussed surprise hit Rubber. If you like your cinema strange, pure and drained of any sense whatsoever (what a burden lifted off our shoulders!), then don’t miss out on these gems – we for one are proud as hell to help make Luxembourg just a tiny bit weird.

 

08.12.
Heaving bosoms meet heavy Pulitzer
BEYOND THE VALLEY OF DOLLS
(US 1969, VOStFR, dir: Russ Meyer, with: Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, 109′)
Russ Meyer counts as one of exploitation cinema’s true auteurs, a filmmaker with a unique body of work that goes far beyond the confines of the sexploitation genre of which he was the undisputed king. For a brief period at the end of the sixties even Hollywood acknowledged “King Leer’s” distinct talent when 20th Century Fox offered him a three picture deal of which “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” was to be the raunchy kickoff. “BVD” was initially conceived as a straight-forward sequel to the critically reviled Hollywood tearjerker “The Valley of Dolls”, but Meyer renounced all obligations to its predecessor and instead made a parody of the previous film and Hollywood conventions in general.
The thin story (three girls come to Hollywood to make it big, but find only sex, drugs and corruption) is merely an excuse for psychedelic, orgiastic fun tinged with biting satire of the free love movement – and an exploitative nod to the Manson family (Sharon Tate had just been murdered when the film went into production).
The film went on to become an X-rated box-office smash, but only one more film came out of Meyer’s fling with the Hollywood Studio-system. Actress Grace Kelly, who was on the board of directors of Fox at the time, was outraged the studio had hired “a pornographer” and lobbied to have his contract terminated!
“BVD” counts among the weirdest things ever to come out of Hollywood, something the film’s co-scriptwriter (and later Pulitzer-awarded film critic!) Roger Ebert fondly remembers as a “pure film, without any message whatsoever”.

 

15.12
Tire-screeching meta thriller
RUBBER
(FR / Angola 2010, VOStFR, dir: Quentin Dupieux, with: Stephen Spinella, Roxane Mesquida, Wings Hauser, 82′)
The must-have ticket at 2010’s Cannes Film Festival! Part horror, part nonsense comedy, all post- post- (post-?) modern essay about genre cinema: are you tired of the usual villains served to you by lazy horror film directors? So was Quentin Dupieux, alias Mr. Oizo – famed French electronic musician – literally tire-d! So he came up with the first (and probably, last) evil rubber TIRE in film history, killing everyone in its path! How? Exploding their heads through telekinesis! It’s up to a philosophically-minded sheriff and his crew to put things right – except that they all seem to know they’re characters in a movie. Non-sense of the highest order.
Dupieux became famous after directing the legendary “Flat Eric” Levis ad at the end of the 1990’s. After baffling French audiences with the anti-comedy “Steak” (starring laughmeisters Eric et Ramzy), he received backing from ARTE and landed in the American desert. Equipped with a Canon DSLR camera Dupieux made “Rubber” with a very small crew, defying expectations at every turn and somehow bridging the impossible gap between art, genre potboiler and crowdpleaser. Is it fish or fowl? Who cares? It’s Rubber!

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