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TONIGHT ONLY! A special Film Society screening and party! Retrieve your angst, throw on your fishnets and doc martens and get ready to rock! Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains screens tonight, with a post-punk afterparty and raffle of memorabilia associated with the movie! We all know what happened last time. You don’t want to miss out.
A special Guy Debord retrospective this weekend! You’ll be thinking to yourself: the more things change, the more they stay the say the same while partaking in Debord’s incisive, visionary take on culture in films such as Society of the Spectacle and In girum.
Check the filmlinc blog each day for exclusive dispatches from the series!
For a film that fell straight into the midnight TV movie lineup upon its 1981 release, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains has certainly clawed its way up to the ranks of cult classic over the years. Credited as an early predecessor to the riot grrrl movement – Bikini Kill drummer Tobi Vail once called it “the most realistic and profound film [she had] ever seen” – the film follows 15 year-old Corinne ‘Third Degree’ Burns and her band, the Fabulous Stains, as they go on tour with a brash English punk band (members of The Clash and Sex Pistols moonlighting) and an aging American rocker unsuccessfully attempting to channel Gene Simmons. For what the film lacks in coherence – plotlines flare and fizzle, serious family issues are left unaddressed, and the ending is nothing short of completely bewildering – as a snapshot of the early stirrings of punk rock and fuck-you feminism, The Fabulous Stains is a resounding success.
In classic Hollywood rags-to-riches formula, after a disastrous first performance at a seedy local bar, the band suddenly takes off, generating an army of prepubescent fans united behind a common rallying cry: “We’re The Stains, and we don’t put out! (Ironically, as we soon find out, at least one of them does). Concert scenes and tour montages are punctuated by one of the film’s most bizarre features – a pair of talking heads who spar over the band’s role in corrupting America’s girls. Trying desperately to impose a message onto The Stains’ success, the newscasters serve as a welcome source of comic relief, and inadvertently reveal both the band and the film’s most punk rock quality – the refusal to accommodate expectations.
– Jessica Loudis
Jessica Loudis’ work can also be read at Black Octovo.
Check out Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains during Film Comment Selects, and then stay for a FREE post-punk afterparty with DJs courtesy of Viva Radio, a raffle of film merchandise and refreshments. Buy tickets: Wed Feb 25: 8:30
No need to fret about your movie picks when Film Comment Selects! That’s right, the yearly two-week series is here, and more provocative than ever. This week, see debut director Pablo Fendrik’s minimalist thriller The Mugger, as well as two renowned classic documentaries: Demon Lover Diary and Seventeen. Check out the whole line-up.
Another Film Society party is here: Saved from late night 80s cable/USA Up All Night/Z Channel quarantine and slapped right onto the big screen, it’s Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains! Come to see angst-ridden, pre-fame Diane Lane and Laura Dern in fishnets and then stay for the post-punk afterparty with DJs! Sponsored by Viva Radio. RSVP on Facebook or buy tickets.
From The Hurt Locker to Paradise, situationists to Korean thrillers, Film Comment Selects tickets now on sale!January 30, 2009
The yearly two-week series of idiosyncratic visions, must-see restrospectives and the occasional nekkid lady handpicked by the editors of Film Comment is back and it’s more provocative than ever. A few highlights of this year’s selection:
A rare chance to see a pair of legendary cult documenaries from the early 80s by filmmaking couple Joel DeMott and Jeff Kreines. A must for fans of American Movie and American Teen, here’s your chance to check out Demon Lover Diary and Seventeen.
A rocking Guy Debord retrospective. We whetted your appetite with In girum at the New York Film Festival, now you can fully immerse yourself in Debord’s unique world-view. What you were looking for, puppy dogs and rainbows?
One more major Film Society screening and afterparty: see Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains–a backstage satire and valentine to the faded glory of punk featuring a then-unknown Diane Lane and Laura Dern in flaming eye shadow and fishnet stockings–followed by a post-punk afterparty featuring DJ’s Dan Selzer (Acute Records) and Aileen Brophy (Corita). We all know what happened last time. You can RSVP on Facebook.
The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow’s rewriting of the action genre, a high-adrenaline look at soldiers putting their lives on the line in Iraq that’s been garnering lots of festival buzz and year-end list love.
An unrelenting new action thriller from South Korea (and a mega hit and award-winner in that country), The Closer.
Michael Almereyda’s latest, Paradise, a fragmentary video diary that defies categorization. Almereyda will join author Jonathan Lethem onstage after the film for a Q&A.
Stayed tuned for in-depth coverage from the filmlinc blog, but for the moment, see the whole program here.