<i>Tricia’s Wedding</i>. 1971. USA. Directed by Sebastian (Milton Miron). Image courtesy: Frameline
  • Tricia’s Wedding

    1971. USA. Sebastian (Milton Miron). 33 min.

  • Richard

    1972. USA. Harry Hurwitz, Loreen Yerby. 83 min.

Thursday, November 1, 2012, 6:45 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • Tricia’s Wedding

    1971. USA. Directed by Sebastian (Milton Miron). With Bobby Cameron, Pristine Condition, Dusty Dawn. The televised and much-gossiped wedding of Richard and Pat Nixon’s daughter Tricia to lawyer Edward Cox—described in Life magazine as “akin to American royalty”—proved too irresistible for the Cockettes not to lampoon. The now-legendary psychedelic drag queen troupe from San Francisco’s North Beach re-staged the wedding as a psychedelic bacchanalia, all hell breaking loose when “Eartha Kitt” (Anton Dunnigan) spikes the punch with LSD. Nixon’s Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman—the cameraman behind some of the presidential home movies presented on October 28—is said to have arranged a secret screening of Tricia’s Wedding at The White House in order to discuss what action to take; as David Greenburg reports in Nixon’s Shadow: The History of an Image, “John Dean noted [that no action] was necessary, since the film ‘died a natural death.’” Preserved by Frameline, San Francisco. 33 min.

  • Richard

    1972. USA. Written and directed by Harry Hurwitz, Loreen Yerby. With Richard M. Dixon, Mickey Rooney, John Caradine, Vivian Blane, Imogen Bliss, Marvin Braverman. One of rarest and most demented American indies of the 1970s, and surely one of the most prescient, Hurwitz and Yerby’s not entirely unsympathetic satire of Nixon, made pre-Watergate, ricochets from movie cliché to movie cliché—sentimental log cabin biopic, histrionic war epic, 1930s horror, and parodies of Myra Breckinridge and Clockwork Orange—and surprisingly, much of it works. Hurwitz and Yerby incorporate television and newsreel footage, including Nixon’s “Checkers” speech, to clever effect, blurring the lines between lies and truth; the film offers a compelling counterpoint to the “official” Nixon home movies presented in To Save and Project on October 28. The cast rivals Tricia’s Wedding in its absurdity, featuring look-and-sound alike Richard M. Dixon as Tricky Dick; Mickey Rooney as the guardian angel/shrink who must rally him after every political defeat; Kevin McCarthy, who leads a team of brainwashers and political operatives; and John Carradine as the insane plastic surgeon who gives him the face that launched a thousand caricatures. Rare (unrestored) archival print courtesy the Joe Dante and Jon Davison Collection at the Academy Film Archive. 83 min.