HOLD ME WHILE INAKED
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George Kuchar
15 min
USA 1966

A film in which we see through the eyes of a frustrated director who is desperately attempting to realise his é─˛visioné─˘. An assault on é─˛good taste,é─˘ this film-within-a-film is lead by the vocal directions explaining and interrupting the scenes and performances of the é─˛no-talent actorsé─˘. An actress (in a poorly synced overdub) is heard protesting that she is é─˙sick and tired about being naked in almost every sceneé─¨. A distorted soundtrack of scratched records evoke faded Hollywood clich?ęs é─ý suspense, romance, drama - often clashing with otherwise banal rehearsed scenes.

This early Kuchar film is typical of a signature kitsch style which seems to simultaneously mock and celebrate an earlier é─˛golden-ageé─˘ of Hollywood cinema. Gaudy and colour- saturated the film is at once trashy and light-hearted but at the same time also reflects an underlying sense of melancholy and frustration.

George Kuchar
(1941) USA

George Kuchar has made over two hundred films, including a number with his twin brother Mike Kuchar. His films have been characterised by a lo-fi, kitsch style often employing é─˛no-talenté─˘ actors for his films. Kuchar became part of the growing é─˛undergroundé─˘ filmmaking scene in New York in the late 1960s when his films would be shown alongside work by other é─˛undergroundé─˘ figures including Kenneth Anger and Andy Warhol. Since 1971 Kuchar has taught in the Film department of the San Francisco Art Institute where he has continued to maintain a prolific output of his own work.

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George Kuchar Hold me While I'm Naked 1966 Čę courtesy of the artist / Anthology Film Archives

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