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<em>The Honeymoon Killers</em>. 1969. USA. Directed by Leonard Kastle. Pictured: Tony Lo Bianco (left), Shirley Stoler (right). Image courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive
  • The Honeymoon Killers

    1969. USA. Leonard Kastle. 106 min.

Saturday, October 15, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1



  • The Honeymoon Killers

    1969. USA. Written and directed by Leonard Kastle. With Shirley Stoler, Tony Lo Bianco, Doris Roberts, Mary Jane Highby. François Truffaut and Michelangelo Antonioni sang its praises, Marguerite Duras called it the greatest love story she had ever seen on film, and then it became a cult classic. The Honeymoon Killers ushered in a phenomenal decade for American black comedies, from Pink Flamingos, Death Race 2000, God Told Me To, and Harold and Maude to Sweet Sweetback’s Badassss Song and Where’s Poppa?, to name just a few. To Save and Project remembers composer-turned-one-time filmmaker Kastle, who died earlier this year, with MoMA’s recently struck print of his lurid, grotesquely demented portrait of Martha Beck and Ray Fernandez, the real-life tabloid “Lonely Heart Killers” who in the late 1940s posed as sister and brother in order to swindle, and occasionally murder, the widows and spinsters they seduced through the personal ads. Stoler is unforgettable as nurse Beck, 200 pounds of fleshy need and jealous spite, and Lo Bianco was never better than as the balding, smarmy gigolo Fernandez. Oliver Wood’s black-and-white cinematography recalls Conrad Hall’s camerawork for In Cold Blood and George A. Romero’s for The Night of the Living Dead. Purchased with support from The Jerome Foundation. 106 min.