Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 7:30pm
The Devil's Cleavage

177 Livingston Street, Brooklyn

The Devil's Cleavage
George Kuchar, 16mm, 1973, 107 mins

Light Industry presents a rare screening of George Kuchar's low-rent melodrama The Devil's Cleavage. This byzantine saga—presented in pulpy chapters like a thumb-staining dimestore novel—chronicles the misadventures of slatternly nurse Ginger as she leaves San Francisco for Blessed Prairie, Oklahoma, a seedy hamlet populated by a lovesick sheriff, a failed chanteuse, a sexed-up Girl Scout leader and other wayward creatures. Though never short on cheap thrills, The Devil's Cleavage is also a visionary study in the mechanics of genre. A closet formalist, Kuchar has crafted a proto-punk fantasia that simultaneously strips bare and radically exaggerates classical Hollywood idioms; the Sirk weepie is here reimagined in a style that is threadbare in production and baroque in sensibility. Melodrama’s sublime artifice, usually fashioned in the service of tragedy, becomes, in these able hands, the stuff of pants-pissing comedy. Forget Lubitsch, come feel the clammy grip of The Kuchar Touch.

Tickets - $7, available at door.