Films by Red Grooms | Chicago Reader

Films by Red Grooms

Most of these films by New York artist Red Grooms are episodic rather than narrative, placing costumed live actors amid sets constructed in his whimsical style. Tappy Toes (1969), made in Chicago, is a goofy homage to Busby Berkeley featuring local artists Ed Paschke and Karl Wirsum and an animated caricature of a malevolent Mayor Daley, while Shoot the Moon (1962, codirected by Rudy Burckhardt) parodies the Georges Melies classic A Trip to the Moon (1902). The best of the bunch, Fat Feet (1966, codirected by Yvonne Anderson), is a lighthearted, wildly energetic city symphony with motor vehicles covered in Grooms's designs and charmingly animated smoke and flames consuming a building. The films should appeal to kids, but like many artists experimenting with cinema, Grooms seldom makes particularly sophisticated use of the medium. Also showing: Red Grooms' Target Discount Store (1970, codirected by Al Kraning), Little Red Riding Hood (1978), and two others. 104 min.

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