Directors MORE DIRECTORS CHECKLIST SERIES - Volume #210 - THE FILMS OF PAUL MORRISSEY

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  1. Brook K

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    Volume #210: Paul Morrissey

    Spike of Bensonhurst (1988)
    ... aka Throw Back! (USA: video title)
    Beethoven's Nephew (1985)
    Mixed Blood (1985)
    The Armchair Hacker (1985)
    Forty Deuce (1982)
    Madame Wang's (1981)
    The Hound of the Baskervilles (1978)
    Blood for Dracula (1974)
    ... aka Andy Warhol's Dracula
    Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)
    ... aka Andy Warhol's Frankenstein
    L'Amour (1973)
    Heat (1972)
    ... aka Andy Warhol's Heat
    Women in Revolt (1971)
    ... aka Andy Warhol's Women in Revolt
    I Miss Sonia Henie (1971)
    Trash (1970)
    ... aka Andy Warhol's Trash
    Lonesome Cowboys (1969) (uncredited)
    ... aka Andy Warhol's Lonesome Cowboys
    ... aka Ramona and Julian (USA: original title)
    Flesh (1968)
    ... aka Andy Warhol's Flesh
    The Loves of Ondine (1968)
    I, a Man (1967)
    Chelsea Girls (1966)
     
  2. Brook K

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    His two horror-comedies are well known thanks to their releases by Criterion, but his "Joe Trilogy" is just as, if not more, noteworthy. This is a more experimental cinema than most of us are used to. The packaging may look cheap, bizarre, and off-putting; underneath are human stories with an often brutal honesty.

    1. Blood for Dracula - A (Udo Kier is superb as a weak, effete Dracula forced to leave Translyvania due to a shortage of virgins [​IMG] )
    *2. Heat - B+ (My favorite of the Joe Trilogy is a wacked-out Sunset Blvdish tale)
    *3. Trash - B+ (Weirdly affiriming story of how the human spirit can survive the most degrading of circumstances.)
    4. Women In Revolt - B+ (Hilarious, honest panning of the women's lib movement)
    *5. Flesh - B (The first film of the Joe Trilogy has moving moments of naked honesty (and just plain nakedness), with a unique view of male sexuality.)
    6. Flesh For Frankenstein - B (Good, but for me a far lesser film than Blood For Dracula)
    *7. Mixed Blood - B (Brazilian and Puerto Rican gangs engage in bloody war over drug turf. Gritty, micro-budget realism with quite a few laughs)
    *8. Chelsea Girls - B-

    Own: 5

    I would like to see Lonesome Cowboys, as well as more of his post-Warhol films
     
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    Ain't seen a one of 'em. :b
     
  4. george kaplan

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    PAUL MORRISSEY

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    Own: 0

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    Blood for Dracula (1974)
    ... aka Andy Warhol's Dracula
    Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)
    ... aka Andy Warhol's Frankenstein


    John,

    I'm putting this in spoilers so you won't have to read anything negative. [​IMG]

    I hated these two movies, and can only say that I found them completely unfunny, and don't think of them as comedies. Frankly, Brook, how you can like (and not be offended by) these horribly unfunny films, and not like (and be offended by), the hilarious and much more lovingly made tribute of Young Frankenstein, remains a puzzle to me. [​IMG]
     
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    Veruschka: A Life for the Camera (2005)
    Spike of Bensonhurst (1988) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Beethoven's Nephew (1985) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Mixed Blood (1985) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    The Armchair Hacker (1985)
    Forty Deuce (1982)
    Madame Wang's (1981)
    The Hound of the Baskervilles (1978) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Blood for Dracula (1974) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own both DVDs)
    Flesh for Frankenstein (1973) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own both DVDs)
    L'Amour (1973)
    Heat (1972) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Women in Revolt (1971) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    I Miss Sonia Henie (1971)
    Trash (1970) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Lonesome Cowboys (1969) (uncredited)
    Flesh (1968) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    The Loves of Ondine (1968)
    I, a Man (1967)
    Chelsea Girls (1966) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)

    Seen 11
    Own 8

    Brook, Morrissey's post-Warhol films are a bit of a mixed bag. His films did evolve in the sense that they became more 'professional' and relied less on the personalities of his cast and improvisation.

    Spike of Bensonhurst is similar to early Spike Lee but with an emphasis on hispanics.
    Beethoven's Nephew is an interesting but kinda dry period film concerning Beethoven's homoerotic fixation on his nephew. Considering the frankness of his Warhol films, the film is quite puritan.
    Mixed Blood is a so-so film, similar to Gus Van Sant's earlier films.
    Hound of the Baskervilles - not sure what happened here. Quite mainstream and not very funny send-up with Dudley Moore and Peter Cook.

    Trash is my favorite of the Joe trilogy. Absolutely hilarious and quite sad at the same time. Holly Woodlawn (a male transvestite) is amazing and I would love to see her starring role in Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers.
    Flesh for Frankenstein is my favorite of the two horror films and never fails to make me laugh out loud (something I rarely do), I even got to see it in 3D once. Yumm!
     
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    Morrissey's name was only vaguely familiar, but now I remember him.

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    Spike of Bensonhurst (1988)
    ... aka Throw Back! (USA: video title)
    Beethoven's Nephew (1985)
    Mixed Blood (1985)
    The Armchair Hacker (1985)
    Forty Deuce (1982)
    Madame Wang's (1981)
    The Hound of the Baskervilles (1978)
    Blood for Dracula (1974)
    ... aka Andy Warhol's Dracula [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - I guess I first saw this back in the early 80s when I was in my mid teens. I didn't really understand, or even try to understand it at the time. I just knew it was weird and controversial. I saw it again a couple years ago either by the good graces of wonderful HTFer PatrickL or NetFlix. I was surprised to see how much actual meaning there was among the 70s sex romp camp. Unfortunately, I can't remember the details of what was going on, just the impression it gave me.
    Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)
    ... aka Andy Warhol's Frankenstein [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - Pretty much "ditto" from Dracula. Plus, let's admit it, the warped humor of both these films is a lot of fun for those who are willing to unclench one in a while.
    L'Amour (1973)
    Heat (1972)
    ... aka Andy Warhol's Heat
    Women in Revolt (1971)
    ... aka Andy Warhol's Women in Revolt
    I Miss Sonia Henie (1971)
    Trash (1970)
    ... aka Andy Warhol's Trash
    Lonesome Cowboys (1969) (uncredited)
    ... aka Andy Warhol's Lonesome Cowboys
    ... aka Ramona and Julian (USA: original title)
    Flesh (1968)
    ... aka Andy Warhol's Flesh
    The Loves of Ondine (1968)
    I, a Man (1967)
    Chelsea Girls (1966)
     
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    Ranks and ratings on a scale of * to *****:

    1: Flesh for Frankenstein (1973) ****
    2: Blood for Dracula (1974) ****
    3: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1978) ***[​IMG]

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    PAUL MORRISSEY (1938 - )

    Spike of Bensonhurst (1988)
    Beethoven's Nephew (1985)
    Mixed Blood (1985)
    The Armchair Hacker (1985)
    Forty Deuce (1982)
    Madame Wang's (1981)
    The Hound of the Baskervilles (1978) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Blood for Dracula (1974) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Flesh for Frankenstein (1973) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    L'Amour (1973)
    Heat (1972)
    Women in Revolt (1971)
    I Miss Sonia Henie (1971)
    Trash (1970)
    Lonesome Cowboys (1969)
    Flesh (1968)
    The Loves of Ondine (1968)
    I, a Man (1967)
    Chelsea Girls (1966)
     
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    In order of merit (if so it can be described[​IMG]):


    1.Blood for Dracula (1974) **1/2
    2.Flesh for Frankenstein (1973) **
    3.My Hustler (1965) (co-directed; uncredited) **
    4.Lonesome Cowboys (1969) (uncredited) *1/2


    I also have THE CHELSEA GIRLS (1966) on VHS but, despite being a great fan of The Velvet Underground, I haven't yet had the stamina to watch it (due also to its ungodly length, even if manageable by Warhol's standards[​IMG], and the split-screen technique adopted throughout). I'm also interested in the trilogy comprising FLESH (1968), TRASH (1970) and HEAT (1972) just released on R2 DVD...
     
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    Mixed Blood - B - Brazilian and Puerto Rican gangs engage in bloody war over drug turf. Gritty, micro-budget realism with quite a few laughs.

    Thanks to Bill I also have a copy of Chelsea Girls but due to its length I'm not sure when I'll tackle it.
     
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    Chelsea Girls - B- - The DVD I watched was 3:15 while IMDB lists this as 3:30. Also it had two separate 20-30 minute sequences with no sound and none of the reviews I read mentioned anything about this. Given that there were a number of bashes listing various "terrible" things about the movie, I would think silence would be high on their list. What sound there was was muffled and I had to turn my receiver up higher than I ever have before to understand any of the dialogue.
     
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    Brook, the DVD you watched is a PAL disc, so the running time will be shorter.
    Also the DVD has no onscreen credits...I'm not sure if the theatrical prints are the same.

    All of Warhols Factory films have poor sound...the DVD does come with optional English subtitles. [​IMG]

    As for the silent sequences, I haven't watched the disc myself yet, but I do know that the film is theatrically projected with two running projectors side-by-side. It's up to the projectionist to decide which sequences will play with sound and which will remain silent (and the order in which the sequences are shown).

    This and the rest of Warhol's films and paintings are coming to the Cinematheque Ontario in the fall as a multimedia exhibit put together by David Cronenberg himself.

    I hope to check some of these out.
     
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    Chelsea Girls (1966) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)

    Seen 11
    Own 8
     
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    Blood for Dracula (1974) - 7/10
    Chelsea Girls (1966) - 7/10


    Watched about 25% of FFF, but I got bored with it.
     
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    The Hound of the Baskervilles (1978)
     

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