Chafed Elbows (2000)





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This New York art film is almost totally comprised of still photographs. It chronicles the hip and colorful life in SoHo during the 1960s. The filmmaker also comments and makes observations about the issues and cultural icons of the day; included are his insights concerning the underground film movement.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Television
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Criterion Collection


Critic Reviews for Chafed Elbows

All Critics (2)

About some crude and silly childish business over shock gags and rages against convention.

Full Review… | September 2, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's all good clean fun, of course. I can't believe Disney hasn't remade it yet.

Full Review… | August 20, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Chafed Elbows

(man approaches another man making a line in a road with white paint) "What's going on?" "You gotta draw the line somewhere." "..."

Jack Gattanella
Jack Gattanella

Chafed Elbows is my favorite of the Downey Sr. explorations. It was the story of a man involved in incest with his mother, and is a direct involvement in a murder. It was a hysterical piece, the dry humor therapist scene had me laughing my ass off. Just these wise one liners all the way through, and underground cinema inside jokes made it an extremely interesting film. I thought the dubbing was annoying though, and would be better just to make it a regular shoot.

Daniel Dolgin
Daniel Dolgin

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Feeling the onset of his annual November breakdown, Walter Dinsmore(George Morgan) checks himself into a hospital. While there, he finds himself pregnant and gives birth to 189 ten dollar bills. After which, he is turned into a work of art at gunpoint(or a walking advertisement for a fast food chain) which brings on his annual January breakdown. His psychiatrist(Lawrence Wolf) tells him not to worry, not believing Walter's worries about impregnating his mother(Elsie Downey), at least until she confirms it over the telephone. "Chafed Elbows" is an unpredictable and amusing movie, definitely belonging to the times it was made and the underground scene where it was formed in warning against the dangers of commodification. As such, it is influenced by the works of Preston Sturges(according to the director Robert Downey Sr. at the Q & A), and Chris Marker through its use of collage work, with the assistance of some wacky voices. The movie works so well in its own absurd and motley way that the otherwise tasteless incest storyline has little negative impact. If nothing else, Elsie Downey playing all of the female parts could imply the third biggest Oedipal complex of all time.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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