George Kuchar

Corruption of the Damned (1965) 16mm, black and white, 55 min

Genre: Experimental

"Kuchar's films are overtly insane. Anyone who lived in such a world would be mad inside an hour. Perhaps the Marx Brothers might survive, but I doubt it. Godzilla, King of the Monsters, might have a better chance. But the utter insanity, the insanity of perverted cliche, is the genuine unwholesome appeal of Kuchar's outlook. CORRUPTION might seethe with violence and sex, the two most attractive things you can put on the screen, but beneath them a twisted outlook pervades. Something is very much wrong with the Kuchar world." -- Leonard Lipton, Berkeley Barb

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

George Kuchar

Hold Me While I'm Naked (1966) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Philosophical, Political / Social Activism

"A very direct and subtle, very sad and funny look at nothing more or less than sexual frustration and aloneness. In its economy and cogency of imaging, HOLD ME surpasses any of Kuchar's previous work. The odd blend of Hollywood glamour and drama with all-too-real life creates and inspires counterpoint of unattainable desire against unbearable actuality." -- Ken Kelman "This film could cheer an arthritic gorilla, and audiences, apparently sensitized by its blithely accurate representation of feelings few among them can have escaped, rise from their general stupor to cheer it back." -- James Stoller, The Village Voice

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

George Kuchar

Leisure (1966) 16mm, black and white, 9.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

A dramatized social commentary with the horrifying impact of a three-hundred ton chunk of margarine.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

George Kuchar

Mosholu Holiday (1966) 16mm, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

A special guest appearance by Canadian TV star Bill Ronald along with the massive presence of "Mrs. Bronx" herself, Frances Leibowitz, and her girlfriend Iris, make this film a must-see for travel enthusiasts and horror fans.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

George Kuchar

Color Me Shameless (1967) 16mm, black and white, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health

Starring Bob Cowan, Gina Zuckerman, Donna Kerness. This movie was made when I was a bit depressed which is nothing new, but also the main actor, Bob Cowan, happened to be depressed also and so we had a wonderful time working together. One of the actresses was also separated from her husband at this time and the movie solidifies into concrete the repressed desires of everyone who works with me, or more realistically, instead of concrete, the production becomes a frozen, brittle enema bag that slowly thaws and can only be appreciated along channels previously blocked by organic reality.

Rental: $120.00
16mm Rental: $120.00

George Kuchar

Eclipse of the Sun Virgin (1967) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Starring Deborah-Ann and Edith Fischer. I dedicate this film poem to the behemoths of yesteryear that perished in Siberia along with the horned pachyderms of the pre-glacial epoch. This chilling montage of crimson repression must be seen. Painstakingly filmed and edited, it will be painful to watch, too.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

George Kuchar

Lady From Sands Point, The (1967) 16mm, black and white, 9.25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

This film is a documentary showing artist, Betty Holiday, an attractive blonde who talks alot, in her Long Island studio. Miss Holliday does not talk in this film, but her beautiful work talks for her. --G. K.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

George Kuchar

Encyclopedia of the Blessed (1968) 16mm, color & b/w, 43 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BLESSED culminates my involvement with artist Red Grooms and Mimi Gross. It is a diary of our work as we head for the Pacific Ocean in a suicidal plunge for theatrical infamy. The film traces the construction of two craven images made in the likeness of myself by Grooms and Gross. Then it switches to the sandhills of Nebraska where fat cattle walk around. There the film explores Grooms' biggest construction, "The Chicago Installation." The film rolls relentlessly onward to the West Coast showing, for the first time on any screen, a theatrical production we three put in the University of California. It marks my directorial debut on the stage and Red Grooms' comeback after ten years of exile from live theatre.

Rental: $140.00
16mm Rental: $140.00

George Kuchar

House of the White People (1968) 16mm, color, 17.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

Having nothing to do with racial tensions, HOUSE OF THE WHITE PEOPLE is actually a chunk of film removed from a bigger chunk called UNSTRAP ME. It is a documentation of George Segal creating the basic elements for one of his statues preceded by rare glimpses into his own private museum. Donna Kerness serves as his live model. Walter Gutman sits on a chair and walks around a bit, being that he produced the film. Helen Segal, personifying the ageless saying, "behind every man there stands a woman," stands behind her man and also stands in front of him occasionally. The film is a unique invitation to view the hidden rituals of a famous artist and his infamous model, half naked, snowbound together on a lonely farm, with a silent wife and a notorious guest.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

George Kuchar

Knocturne (1968) 16mm, color, 8.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

With Joyce Wieland, Frank Meyer and Bocko. The rising moon is the main theme in this short movie of three people and an animal going about their nocturnal rituals. This movie is evidently part three of my trilogy that started with HOLD ME WHILE I'M NAKED and ECLIPSE OF THE SUN VIRGIN. It evidently is, since part three never really came out. This seems to look like it could be part three.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

George Kuchar

Unstrap Me (1968) 16mm, color, 78.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Produced by Walter Gutman. Starring Walter Gutman and a lot of women with a few elephants. This film is my longest movie in color because someone else produced it. It has a lot of scenery and the soundtrack has a lot of sound. I went to Cape Cod, New Jersey and Florida and got drunk in most of those places because Walter drinks a lot and I had nothing else to do between shooting. The drunkenness did not affect my shooting but many people think that it did.

Rental: $250.00
16mm Rental: $250.00

George Kuchar

Mammal Palace, The (1969) 16mm, black and white, 31 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

The movie takes a rather negative look at things despite the fact that it was shot in reversal film. It depicts the turbulent relationships of disturbed individuals existing on various levels of an apartment house. Donna Kerness and her husband Hopeton Morris are lurid together and they are also pretty lurid when they're alone.

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

George Kuchar

Pagan Rhapsody (1970) 16mm, color, 23.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Since this was Jane and Lloyd's first big acting roles, I made the music very loud so it would sweep them to stardom. She once hurt Bob Cowan's back by sitting on it so this time I had her laying on his stomach. Donna Kerness was pregnant during her scenes but her stomach was kept pretty much in shadow and it's not noticeable. My stomach was the same as always except it contained more mocha cake than usual since that type of cake was usually around when I filmed in Brooklyn Heights. Being that the picture was made in the winter, there are no outdoor scenes because it's too cold and when the characters have to suddenly flee a tense situation, it's too time consuming to have them put on a coat and gloves. Originally not scheduled as a tragedy, things swiftly changed as the months made me more and more sour as I plummet down that incinerator shaft I call my life.

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

George Kuchar

Portrait of Ramona (1971) 16mm, color, 26.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This movie was made mostly in Brooklyn during some very hot and empty evenings. Since the evenings were so empty, Jane Elford, the star, urged me to get started making another movie (we had completed PAGAN PHAPSODY the year before). I said 'okay', and launched her in a photographed series of telephone calls not really knowing who was going to be on the other end. 00G. K.

Rental: $95.00
16mm Rental: $95.00

George Kuchar

Sunshine Sisters, The (1972) 16mm, color, 36 min

Genre: Experimental

"THE SUNSHINE SISTERS looks like a 1944 postcard that was shot in black and white, but colored with garish grease pencil reds, yellows and greens. Likewise, the film sounds like the scores of at least two-dozen grade B melodramas mixed together with an egg beater. The results are hilarious, ludicrous and incongruous - a love comic book of doomed women and handsome, nefarious young men caught in a web of dramatic cliches, pushed ad absurdum. Elvira Cartwright, dying of movie star disease, is seen alternatingly clutching her waning heart and being taken unfair advantage of in some of the most bizarre places imaginable. Sarah Cartwright wears a phony leopard skin jacket, pointy plastic sunglasses, and gold-toned sandals .... The sisters are played by Jan Lash and Ainslie Pryor. Musical compilation is by Bob Cowan." -- program notes, Film Forum, New York

Rental: $120.00
16mm Rental: $120.00

George Kuchar

Devil's Cleavage, The (1973) 16mm, black and white, 107 min

Genre: Experimental

"... George Kuchar's lovingly farcical re-creation of those (Forties and Fifties) melodramas, THE DEVIL'S CLEAVAGE, is a camp parody that sometimes directly steals from the genre, sometimes burlesques it, and often travesties it. As you might expect, it soon begins to mock all kinds of cinematic references, from Hitchcock to Preminger. But leave the exact details to pedants, laughter's the thing here .Ä Kuchar manages terribly well in terms of imagination and inventiveness, and just plain terribly in terms of such humdrum details of filming as using a light meter and tape recorder. Technical ineptness aside, we end up with a marvelous hybrid, as if Sam Fuller and Sternberg had collaborated in shooting a script by Tennessee Williams and Russ Meyer. Which is to say that excess is the most basic element of Kuchar's method, even when (almost paradoxically) it's an excess of cliche ('Such language! Bite your tongue!' 'Bite it for me ...'). "... Douglas Sirk tells us, 'Cinema is blood, tears, violence, hate, death, and love.' Kuchar reminds us that cinema, like life, is also bedpans, earwax, sleazy fantasy, ineptness, compromise, and laughter." -- Chuck Kleinhans, Film Center program

Rental: $250.00
16mm Rental: $250.00

George Kuchar

Back To Nature (1976) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

Scenes for this film were shot in Death Valley and Kings Canyon, Sequoia National Park. It's a love story of betrayal, a search for happiness, fulfillment and misery among nature's grandeur.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

George Kuchar

Reason To Live, A (1976) 16mm, black and white, 26.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This film is about depression, although it's not that depressing. I suppose it has a message of faith and hope in it ... it does for me .... But then again my interest may not match yours. It was shot in San Francisco and in Central Oklahoma with a cast of one man and four women. Crushing emotions are indulged in against a massive meteorological background that brings inspiration and terror to the characters involved.

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

George Kuchar

I, an Actress (1977) 16mm, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

This film was shot in ten minutes with four or five students of mine at the San Francisco Art Institute. It was to be a screen-test for a girl in the class. She wanted something to show producers of theatrical productions, as the girl was interested in an acting career. By the time all the heavy equipment was set up the class was just about over; all we had was ten minutes. Since 400 feet of film takes ten minutes to run through the camera ... that was the answer: Just start it and don't stop till it runs out. I had to get into the act to speed things up so, in a way, this film gives an insight into my directing techniques while under pressure.

Rental: $36.00
16mm Rental: $36.00

George Kuchar

K. Y. Kapers (1977) 16mm, black and white, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

KY stands for Kentucky ... where this film was shot. As a visiting artist at the University in Lexington, I involved a group of students in this improvised project. We shot it in five morning sessions from 9 AM to 12:30 PM. I did the photography, directing and story line. The story isn't really in a line as it loops, bends and stops throughout the 20-minute running time.

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

George Kuchar

Wild Night In El Reno (1977) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, personal/diary/journal

This film documents a thunderstorm as it rages in full fury above a motel in May on the southern plains. There's sun, wind, clouds, rain and electrical pyrotechnics ... with perhaps a glimpse of a fleeting human figure. But only a glimpse.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

George Kuchar

Mongreloid (1978) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

A man, his dog, and the regions they inhabited, each leaving his own distinctive mark on the landscape. Not even time can wash the residue of what they left behind.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

George Kuchar

Blips (1979) 16mm, black and white, 31 min

Genre: Experimental

An enigmatic movie that's like an enigmatic enema.

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

George Kuchar

Prescrition in Blue (1979) 16mm, black and white, 21 min

Genre: Experimental

Yes, the title is mispelled or misspelled (whatever the correct spelling is) but you'll agree, after witnessing this film, that it really doesn't matter. It's a class production and was made with students under training from me at the San Franscisco Art Institute. --G. K.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

George Kuchar

Ascension of the Demonoids (1986) 16mm, color, 45.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Funded by the NEA. A big, colorful tapestry about rumors that are in all of the previous UFO movies. A loose story line that weaves in and out of the UFO phenomenon.

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

George Kuchar

Chigger Country (1999) 16mm, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural

Digital Hi-8 Last May an ex-student of mine asked if I'd like to spend 2 weeks at her folks ranch in south central Oklahoma. It was a cattle ranch and usually I'm holed-up in a crummily adequate motel room when I visit that part of the country (there're shots of one that serve as "book-ends" to this piece). But this was something different: 20,000 acres and a whole house to myself (and a couple of scorpions). The scorpions weren't videotaped but there's cowboys and cattle and plenty of scenery for them to chew up. I hope you enjoy the trip!

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