Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005)
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"Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream" focuses on six movies that re-invented the film medium while pushing the boundaries of bad taste and social taboos. They are: "El Topo" (1970), "Night of the Living Dead" (1968), "The Harder They Come" (1973), "Pink Flamingos" (1972), "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975), and "Eraserhead" (1977). The documentary includes in-depth interviews with the directors, producers, writers and actors who were part of these low-budget, yet monumental
Aug 5, 2005 Limited
Nov 13, 2007
Stuart Samuels Productions
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Samuels' own enjoyment for midnighters comes through in his funky visual design -- visually spunky for a clips-and-talking-heads film -- and in the energetic editing.
It's a celebration of cinema-going as a 'ritual experience or trip', a communal adventure with no real equivalent in the exquisitely atomised YouTubeverse.
In this affectionate glimpse into those countercultural times, filmmaker Stuart Samuels has compiled an engaging distillation of those nocturnal filmic emissions.
For any movie nut who craves their exhibition history, this is a must see documentary.
Samuels' film both contextualises and celebrates these strange slices of subversive counter-culture
To the film's credit he does manage to get the major participants together, with each film having a representative key creative person talking about the project.
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