Ralph Arlyck

Acquired Taste, An (1973) 16mm, color, 27 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Comedy, Economics

A hilarious, incisive look at America's obsession with success... A filmmaker turns 40 and casts a wry look back at the school, work, and media influences which have shaped his life through four decades. A peek just behind the smile of self-congratulations. AN ACQUIRED TASTE is only twenty- six minutes long, but it is a feature length delight... This is a loving, funny movie. -- Vincent Canby, New York Times.

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Ralph Arlyck

Natural Habitat (1973) 16mm, black and white, 18 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Philosophical

In NATURAL HABITAT ... Ralph Arlyck, through devastatingly well-selected and well-edited images --an airline hostess explaining the safety features of her plane, a girl selling Teflon pans in a department store, post office employees adapting to the pace and rhythm of their machines--offers an uncomfortably accurate view of the robot-like patterns of our daily job routines. -- Arthur Knight, Saturday Review, June 10, 1972. ... a truly outstanding example of documentary montage whose precision of control creates a profoundly revealing comment on the dehumanization of urban life. -- Owen Shapiro, festival judge I would place this film among the top entries at any festivals where I have seen it. -- Edgar Daniels (Mr. Daniels has written about NATURAL HABITAT in the National Observer, Filmmakers Newsletter, and the Journal of Popular Culture.)

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Ralph Arlyck

Sean (1973) 16mm, black and white, 14 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Children & Youth, family

The film is unpretentious and yet profound in having a point of view, a sense of humor and a knowledge of how to use the limited technical resources to enhance the subject and style. Sean is a 4-year-old boy who sits barefoot on a couch in his home in Haight-Ashbury and discourses on pot (he prefers eating it to smoking it), being busted by the fuzz, how he recognizes a speed freak (they're so skinny), his fear of the dark), his dreams about flying and what he hopes to be doing when he is 5 ( to stop sucking his thumb) Director Arlyck starts with a good subject for a short documentary, asks him provocative questions and gives the whole thing an organic form that wastes no footage whatever. Josesh Gelmis, Newsday

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Ralph Arlyck

Godzilla Meets Mona Lisa (1986) 16mm, color, 33 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Art & Artists

A rare example of originality in the much abused genre of films about art. GODZILLA MEETS MONA LISA is more than a film about an art museum -- it is also a fascinating study of folly, contemporary values, confrontation, and future visions. -- David Katzive, Museum Television Production Reflections on Pompidou Center. Who is art for? A delightful document that is certain to amuse and edify a wide range of audiences. -- Wendy Keys, Film Society of Lincoln Center Festival

Rental: $65.00
16mm Rental: $65.00

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