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January's Light + Sound Machine, co-presented with the Belcourt Theater features George Kuchar's HOLD ME WHILE I'M NAKED, followed by THE DEVIL'S CLEAVAGE. Both will be screened on 16mm film. Tickets are available now for $10 for the Janary 16th event.
THE DEVIL'S CLEAVAGE d. George Kucher, USA 1973, black and white, 107 min.
"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 . 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
Jack White and Dean Blackwood recently sat down with Charlie Rose to discuss Paramount Records and the Third Man/Revenant release of The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932, Volume 1. Catch the interview this Thursday, December 26th, at 11pm ET on PBS.
A few months back we hosted one of our favorite comedians in the Third Man Blue Room, hand selected by Jack White to appear. Rory Scovel came, saw and destroyed any and all bad vibes within a 5 mile radius with an improv set of some of the best live stand up we've seen in years. Seriously, the man far exceeded even our lofty expectations for hilarity. Since then Rory has had a bumper few months,appearing on Conan O' Brien in a tuxedo performing uber-classy comedy with live LIberace-style piano accompaniment, co-starring on new TBS comedyGround Floor and generally ruling the school and jettisoning jocularity into the universe in every town and festival he visits on tour.
Well if you missed his now legendary Third Man live show, fear not and save your tears, it is now available on LP and available in finer record retailers everywhere (just in time for the Stand Up fan in your life for Christmas).
Oh, and one last thing for our UNUSUAL FORMAT collectors and fans… The sleeves and labels feature the track list all in braille. That's right. Braille. Trust us, it'll all make sense when you hear the album. It's another meta-comedy first from Third Man Records and Rory Scovel!
Tune in to Showtime Networks tonight at 10pm ET/PT to watch Jack White's performance at the "Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of 'Inside Llewyn Davis'" concert. Check out the clip below from the recording featuring Jack with Dominic Davis (bass), Lillie Mae Rische (fiddle, vocals) and Fats Kaplin (banjo) performing The White Stripes' "We're Going To Be Friends."
While you're soaking in the sweet tunes and basking in the warm glow of cathode rays, switch on over to CBS to catch the bad, bold and beautiful Mr.Seasick Steve on The Late Show with David Letterman 11:35/10:35C.
Dir. Nicolas Rey, France, 2012, 81 min., NR, 16mm, December 19th, 7pm at Third Man Records
Based on fragments from Günther Anders' novel The Molussian Catacomb, which was written between 1932 and 1936, Nicolas Rey's captivating nine-part film presents allegorical stories and musings by political prisoners sitting in the pits of an imaginary fascist state called Molussia. Shown in random order whenever it is screened (there are 362,880 potential versions of the film), the film's nine 16mm reels ruminate on capitalism, imperialism and resistance—accompanied by gritty, unsettling self-processed images of undefined landscapes.
A haunting and moving meditation on brutality and control, differently, Molussia has galvanized audiences at festivals around the world. Since 1993 Rey has been making films that hover between photography, documentaries and the avant-garde. He is one of the founders of the Paris-based artist film lab L'Abominable. (Synopsis from Northwest Film Forum)
Purchase tickets here.
The Holiday spirit has us feeling like spreading the love here at Third Man Records… Spreading the love in the form of extra Paramount goodies! We are offering an Exclusive Holiday Paramount Bundle, which includes a few coveted extras for those whose wonder extends even beyond the Cabinet-of-Wonder!
Beyond The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1, the first bundle extra comes in the form of Third Man's first 78 RPM record, TMR237 "Battle Royale," a duel of sermons between Sister Ernia Mae Cunningham and Reverend H. C. Gatewood, D.D.I.M.R.A. Packaged in vintage, of-the-era card stock sleeves and achieving that proper dull luster that a record in the 1920's would have had, this 78 leaves us unable to decide which fiery "sermon with singing" tips the scale to win the battle, but we look forward to hearing your opinion.
We are also pleased to include Swan Keepsakes from the New York Public Library Paramount Records event held in November, hand-letterpressed by Bryce McCloud at Isle of Printing in Nashville (also responsible for the gorgeous white birch LP folio within the Cabinet-of-Wonder), and a Paramount T-Shirt of your choice (out of the 4 available options).
The first 20 bundles ordered will arrive with a very special extra addition: aParamount Records Shadowbox. This laser cut standing card is a non-distributed promotional item for the Paramount stem, and will look fantastic in anyone's parlor or record room.
This bundle is available now only while supplies last…
For those of you who haven't yet tumbled into the Paramount rabbit hole, here's some great information coming from Time Magazine and from David Fricke's 5 star review in Mojo Magazine, both available in print now.