Kidnapped. 1978. USA. Directed by Eric Mitchell. Cinematography by Seth Tillett. With Mitchell, Anya Phillips, Patti Astor, Duncan Smith, Gordon Stevenson. 16mm from Super8mm. 62 min.
Said to be a “remake” of Andy Warhol’s Vinyl (1965) (itself a favorite of the Club 57 crowd), Mitchell’s loosely edited debut feature also bears comparison to Jean-Luc Godard’s early French New Wave studies of youthful angst and politics. Set in a seedy Lower East Side apartment with a cast of disaffected downtown personalities headed by Anya Phillips and Mitchell himself, the film’s visually off-kilter conversations about sex, unfocused social commentary, and frenzied dance scene culminate in casual acts of recreational sadism. Preserved by Anthology Film Archives with support from the National Film Preservation Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.