EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|THE FOREIGNER (director/writer: Amos Poe; cinematographer: Chirine El Khadem; editor: Johanna Heer/ Amos Poe/Michael Penland; music: Ivan Kral; cast: Eric Mitchell (Max Menace), Anya Phillips (Doll), Patti Astor (Fili Harlow), Susan Morris (Mo Bag), Deborah Harry (Dee Trik), Steven Kramer (Mouse), Duncan Hannah (Shake); Runtime: 77; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Amos Poe; TCM; 1978)|
|"The pic is so bad that it's
worth seeing for just how bad."
by Dennis Schwartz
amateurish Underground thriller with Punk Rock
sensibility is written and directed by Amos Poe
("Unmade Beds"/"Frogs for Snakes"/"Subway Riders"). He
shoots it on a marginal budget, in black-and-white, on
a grainy hand-held video camera. The experimental
indie deals with street-life and the club scene in
NYC's hipster SoHo, as its characters are the
infantile lowlifes one would expect to see in an Andy
Warhol film. The pic is so bad that it's worth seeing
for just how bad.
mysterious Frenchman, with bleached-blond hair
and dressed in a white suit, named Max Menace (Eric
Mitchell), is tailed as a possible spy by
a group of thuggish misfits the moment his plane lands
in New York and he takes a room at Manhattan's Chelsea
Hotel. All that becomes clarified after an intensive
tail is that he's on some mission but can't make any
contacts here to help. In the pursuit we take in the
punk scene at the rock club CBGB, one
fast cameo of Deborah Harry singing in a
foreign language a rendition of Brecht's "Bilbao
Song"and the Erasers making an appearance.
one is strictly nostalgia for hipster fans of these
punks and for future filmmakers to observe that it's
not enough to just point a camera and think you made a
REVIEWED ON 1/26/2013 GRADE: C-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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