The Craven Sluck. 1967. USA. Written and directed by Mike Kuchar. With Floraine Connors, Bob Cowan, George Kuchar, Donna Kerness. 16mm print courtesy of The Film-Maker’s Coop. 20 min.
Out of the cinematic cesspool of the Kuchar brothers comes The Craven Sluck, the fantasy of a pent-up Bronx housewife who finds stimulation in the unlikeliest of places. Floraine Connors, making her “frightful comeback from obscurity” (Kuchars), stars opposite Bob Cowan and Donna Kerness, the sultry talents of Mike Kuchar’s Sins of the Fleshapoids.
The Crazies (aka Code Name: Trixie). 1973. USA. Written and directed by George A. Romero. With Lane Carroll, Will MacMillan, Harold Wayne Jones. 103 min.
Following on our recent restoration of The Night of the Living Dead, MoMA pays tribute to the late George Romero with one of his most rarely screened and unsung films, The Crazies, in which the accidental leak of a deadly toxin used in germ warfare leads to widespread madness, a governmental cover-up, and the declaration of martial law. Romero widens his scope from home invasion to town invasion, laying bare the ugly underbelly of the American family and the fragility of democracy.
35mm archival print