One of Hollywood’s coolest amenities is the restored Egyptian Theatre, home of the American Cinematheque. I went for a screening a few weeks ago with a friend who is getting her PhD in film rhetoric to see a selection of (mostly silent) films made by the late Stan Brakhage. The works were chosen by his wife, Marilyn, who was also present for a Q&A afterwards. Although the films were beautiful and certainly groundbreaking for their time, I felt weird and uncomfortable sitting for so long in a room full of film students and professors in absolute silence. Also, the students and professors who asked questions (or made comments) afterward were absurdly pretentious.
Anyway, I’m glad we went because that’s how I discovered Rick Castro‘s “Fetish Film Night” screenings. We saw that Inserts (1974) would be shown on the following Friday, so we made plans to go again. (Rick owns the Antebellum Gallery around the corner from WOW and the Egyptian, so it’s all in the neighborhood!) I’d never seen Inserts (I don’t think too many people have), but it’s actually a brilliant film. Richard Dreyfus plays a once-great silent film
director, now alcoholic and impotent, unable to adapt to the talkies, languishing in a Hollywood mansion making cheap porno flicks. It’s like a filmed play as it all takes place on a single set and there are only five cast-members. The director of Inserts, John Byrum, as well as two members of the cast (Victoria Cartwright and Stephen Davies) were in attendance and did a satisfyingly non-pretentious Q&A afterwards.
Rick Castro’s next “Fetish Film Night” screening is tonight! He will be showing The Baby, one of the few to present the subject of ABs (adult babies). You can read the summary and details about the screening here on filmradar.com.
Just for fun, make Stan Brakhage roll over in his grave as you watch this cool Stereolab music video featuring his visuals (after the jump):