Tom Palazzolo

America's In Real Trouble (1967) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

Tom Palazzolo's rapid-fire, seemingly spontaneous documentary style captures Chicago with pizazz. For more than ten years, Palazzolo has been delivering to us his captured visions -- body builders, senior citizens, erotic parlours, weddings, deli owners, and the like -- as if he had harnessed them in a cinematic butterfly net. "The love of events that bring people together, revealing at once the absurdities and tenderness of the human comedy, plus a sharp eye for Americana, characterize and permeate the Palazzolo films." -- Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times AMERICA'S IN REAL TROUBLE is a patriotic film with music and sound by some of the great unknowns of the past. Lots of overtones, undercurrents, innuendoes, visual similes, counterpoints, puns and contrapuntal movement. Filmed in Chicago, it covers several years of parades and civic events. If you're not moved by this film there's no hope for you. "A stirring slice of raw Americana. I haven't been so moved since Leni Riefenstahl retired from showbiz." -- John Heinz Collection: Museum of Modern Art, NY Exhibition: Invited to Commie Film Festival, Leipzig, East Germany

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Tom Palazzolo

O (1967) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: structural

"Fears and thrills... Part structure (the centerpoint): part improvisation." T.P. " Makes surprising beauty out of motion." Ernest Callenbach

Rental: $20.00
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Tom Palazzolo

Love It/Leave It (1973) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural

"LOVE IT/LEAVE IT is a raucous treatment of patriotic color, football, nudity and parades set to a refrain of 'Love It' and coalescing into Tom Palazzolo's nightmare rendition of America the Awful. It sounds the theme song of this program [at the Whitney] and gives you a pretty good start on deciding to 'Leave It.'" -- Archer Winston, New York Post "[A]s filmmaking it's riveting." -- The New York Times "A part of it looks like the kind of out-of-control patriotism ... of Desert Storm." -- J. Hoberman

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Tom Palazzolo

Caligari's Cure (1982) 16mm, color, 65.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

My work has always depended on outside sources, whether it's an artwork from another period or people, events, and places from my own past or present. I use this material as a springboard. Both as a student and a teacher I have spent most of my adult life in an art environment. This present work combines formative memories of Catholic school with the other half of my life -- the museum and school of the Art Institute of Chicago. I have always wanted to do a remake of Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, both because the film is very interesting to me in a psychological sense and to reflect my interest in art and film history. "CALIGARI'S CURE is Tom Palazzolo's first fictional narrative film and also his first feature .... The film is a comic fantasy that presents the filmmaker's memories ... as reenacted by a cast of performance artists and friends in wildly colored, distorted sets and costumes. Palazzolo's style is playful and irreverent, incorporating and openly acknowledging a wide range of influences from cinema, art history, and contemporary American art. The subjectively distorted, expressionist sets of the original German film, for instance, have been transformed into a junky, cartoon-like, and distinctively American version that reflects Palazzolo's involvement with contemporary painting as well as with film history." -- Callie Angell, New American Filmmakers Series, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

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