Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:30pm
Scott Bartlett's OffOn + Kinji Fukasaku's The Green Slime
155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn
Scott Bartlett, 16mm, 1967, 9 mins
The Green Slime
Kinji Fukasaku, 16mm, 1968, 90 mins
Genre-hopping auteur Kinji Fukasaku is best remembered for action pictures served up with cutting social critique, like his yakuza cycle Battles Without Honor and Humanity and his final film, the teen bloodbath Battle Royale. In the late 1960s, however, he directed The Green Slime, an ultra-groovy sci-fi monster movie about astronauts battling a polymorphous alien fungus that threatens Earth. Produced by MGM and shot at Toei Studios in Japan, the film was made in English with mostly American actors (including a cast of extras culled from local US military bases), but maintains a distinctly kaiju visual style, complete with candy-colored animated miniatures and freaky rubber-suited creatures. Italian bombshell Luciana Paluzzi (previously a James Bond villainess in Thunderball) plays a cat-suited space-nurse who helps defend the starbase, and the whole affair kicks off with a blazing psych-rock theme song.
The Green Slime is paired with Scott Bartlett’s OffOn, a lysergic journey into deepest inner space made in San Francisco during the height of the Aquarian Age. As Amos Vogel describes it: “One of the most important attempts so far to express the new sensibility directly and poetically, in a perfect, magical fusion of non-verbal communication and advanced technological filmmaking (video-manipulation, multiple exposures and printing, solarization and synthetic color). Indeterminacy, the union of opposites, the cosmic, the expansion of consciousness, the going beyond rationalism; all these are intimated purely visually, almost subliminally—to those willing to see.”
Tickets - $7, available at door.
Please note: seating is limited. First-come, first-served. Box office opens at 7pm.
Print of The Green Slime courtesy of the Cosmic Hex Archive.