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April 8—15, 2024

Warsaw

The Movie Orgy


Alfred Hitchcock, Fu Manchu, Richard Nixon. Elvis Presley, Superman, Moby Dick. Clips from old films, TV shows, and commercials compiled in an ironic, absurd fashion form this four-hour-plus monumental work, which is to YouTube mash-ups what D. W. Griffith’s Intolerance is to contemporary filmmaking. Joe Dante’s The Movie Orgy can be watched in different ways: as a kind of ongoing series, waiting to see what the next cut will bring, or in an oneiric trance, sinking into a sleep-like state, drifting along with the stream of images. But always, as the title suggests, the viewing will have an air of perverse bacchanalia – not only because of the sheer quantity of the material, but also the fetishistic process of its selection. The whole concept is inspired by the idea of camp and indulges camp tastes, attuned to the bizarre, perverse, and kitschy.

Piotr Mirski

Joe Dante (b. 1946) is an American filmmaker who started out as an editor for Roger Corman. After proving himself as a director of such low-budget films as Piranha (1978) and The Howling (1981), he got a chance to direct the big-budget horror comedy Gremlins (1984), which was a major hit. Most of his subsequent films, such as The ’Burbs (1989) and Matinee (1993), have been made in a similar vein. A fan of classic animation, he also directed Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003).

Restored in 2022 by American Genre Film Archive in collaboration with Joe Dante and Jon Davison from the original 16mm.

Screening schedule: part 1: 165 min + 20 min intermission + part 2: 110 min

partners of the screening

Free admission. Passholders can reserve seats for the screening through the reservation system. For other viewers, entrance tickets will be available one hour before the start of the show. A maximum of two entrance tickets per screening can be collected. Tickets can be collected at the cinema box office.

DATE

April 13, 2024

TIME

12:15 AM

VENUE

Kino Muranów Gerard

COPY / OTHERS

DATE

April 14, 2024

TIME

10:00 AM

VENUE

Kino Atlantic A

COPY / OTHERS

ENGLISH TITLE

The Movie Orgy

ORIGINAL TITLE

The Movie Orgy

LANGUAGE

English

SUBTITLES

none

SECTION

DIRECTOR

DURATION

275 min + 20 min intermission

YEAR

1966-2009

COUNTRY

SALES

American Genre Film Archive

TRIGGER WARNING

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Dante’s cinematic collage has no narrative, but plenty of thematic “points of contact,” to use a phrase film coined by critic J. Hoberman. It’s a hallucinatory blend of surreal violence, droll humor and madcap counter-culture ideology. 

Simon Abrams

PRODUCER

Jon Davison

PRODUCTION

Schlitz Brewing Company

CAST

Ann-Margret, Steve Allen, Alfred Hitchcock, Bela Lugosi, Groucho Marx, Rod Serling et al.

EDITING

Joe Dante

DECADE

EDITION