Underworld Cinema | Chicago Reader

Underworld Cinema

A program of shorts by the mysterious and iconoclastic filmmaker J.X. Williams (independent film scholar Noel Lawrence's alter ego, according to some). Williams's Peep Show, purportedly made in 1965, spells out a fantastic Mafia plot to hook Frank Sinatra on heroin and thereby exploit his friendship with President Kennedy. Told from the perspective of a gangster spilling his guts to a cabbie, it weaves together crime-scene stills with clips from B movies, porn films, and Otto Preminger's The Man With the Golden Arm to create a vulgar noir thriller. With three other shorts by Williams. 91 min.


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