The Comedy Show, Part One | Chicago Reader

The Comedy Show, Part One

These eight wry experimental film comedies incorporate thoughtful commentary on the medium. In the best, Owen Land's What's Wrong With This Picture, Parts 1&2 (1972), what's “wrong” is the humorously dumb use of imagery to merely illustrate words, whether in instructional films or documentaries. John Smith's The Girl Chewing Gum (1976) is a clever joke about filmmaker megalomania, with the voice on the sound track pretending to direct a random street scene. George Kuchar plays a frustrated voyeur in his sensuously colorful classic Hold Me While I'm Naked (1966). Tricia's Wedding (1971), in which the drag troupe the Cockettes reenact the wedding of Nixon's daughter, is interesting for its varieties of drag and for its concluding surprise orgy. 96 min.


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