STUDIO 54 FILMPROGRAMM mit GEORGE KUCHAR

08. April 2015

Courtesy The Estate of George Kuchar and Anthology Film Archives, New York

GEORGE KUCHAR
HOLD ME WHILE I’M NAKED, 1966
16mm film, 15 min., color, sound

GEORGE KUCHAR
ECLIPSE OF THE SUN VIRGIN, 1967
16mm film, 15 min., color, sound

GEORGE KUCHAR
KNOCTURNE, 1968
16mm film, 10 min., color, sound

From April through July 2015, JULIA STOSCHEK FOUNDATION e.V. will be showing the STUDIO 54 film program on every second Wednesday of the month. Accompanying the current exhibition NUMBER TEN: TRISHA DONNELLY, the films were selected on the recommendation of Trisha Donnelly.The program centers on the films of George Kuchar, one of the most important representatives of American underground film.

Together with his twin brother Mike, even as a teenager George Kuchar (born 1942 in New York City; died 2011 in San Francisco) made a name for himself in the New York film scene of the late 1950s alongside Jonas Mekas, Ken Jacobs and Michael Snow. Inspired by Douglas Sirk’s melodramas, the brothers shot Hollywoodesque movies with minimal resources that stand out for their distinctive humor and improvised, adventurous plots. In the mid-1960s the brothers started going their own artistic ways. George Kuchar turned his attention to the 16mm film format and produced avant-garde films displaying extraordinary technical and narrative inventiveness.
On the first film evening on April 8, 2015 three 16mm Kuchar films from the 1960s will be shown, including one of his best-known works, HOLD ME WHILE I’M NAKED (1966). It is about a young filmmaker played by Kuchar himself. His film project falls flat when the leading actress refuses to shoot any more nude and love scenes. As well as addressing the themes of sexual frustration, loneliness and disappointment, the film is full of self-irony – all topics that Kuchar was to repeatedly address in his later films too.

The early works of George Kuchar, rarely screened in Germany, are to be played from restored 16 mm film copies of the New York Anthology Film Archives in the 16mm cinema at JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION.

START 7:30 P.M. FREE ENTRY!
16mm cinema of the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION, Schanzenstrasse 54, 40549 Duesseldorf
Alongside the program, the exhibition NUMBER TEN: TRISHA DONNELLY is open from 6 p.m. onwards.


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