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The World's Greatest Sinner (1962)

 -  Drama  -  June 1962 (USA)
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A bored insurance salesman quits his job to go into politics. He first starts preaching about how man is greater than he thinks and that man can live forever. He ends up forming his own ... See full summary »

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Clarence Hilliard
Gil Barreto ...
Alonzo (as Gil Baretto)
Betty Rowland ...
Edna Hilliard
James Farley ...
Gail Griffin ...
Betty Hilliard (as Gail Griffen)
Tyde Rule ...
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Gene Koziol ...
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Dayna Madison ...
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Gitta Maynard ...
Elderly Woman
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Betty Sturm ...
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Marty Prisco ...
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Grace De Carolis ...
Mother
Carolina Samario ...
Nate
George F. Carey ...
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A bored insurance salesman quits his job to go into politics. He first starts preaching about how man is greater than he thinks and that man can live forever. He ends up forming his own political party, "The Eternal Man" party. He begins to be referred to as "God". Then he starts having doubts about the eternalness of man. Written by J. Picagli <mirjen@ibm.net>

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Composer Frank Zappa plugged this film during a "musical bicycle" demonstration on the Steve Allen Show in 1963. See more »

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It is early morning as the lead character makes a speech, attempting to attract followers. Suddenly, inexplicably, it is night. See more »

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Clarence Hilliard: Let's be different. Let's not hate anyone.
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Referenced in The Cockettes (2002) See more »

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World's Greatest Sinner
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Written by Frank Zappa
Performed by Baby Ray & The Ferns
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A legendary jerry-built "épater les bourgeois" spectacle
15 October 2003 | by (fabulous Las Vega$!) – See all my reviews

Regarded by some as a masterstroke of underground cinema, and for good reason...TWGS is a gritty and highly recalcitrant walk on the wild side, gently flouting just about every vested American institution of respectability and reverence...that may not sound like a such a big deal in present times(when even TV cartoons have an insolent streak), but the America of 1962 was a very different world.

Timothy Carey, a legendary hermetic Hollywood enigma, performs vibrantly in his disestablishmentarian vanity project. He portrays a disenchanted American Joe whose gradual accession to rock & roll superstardom eventuates into dissentious political hegemony and, ultimately, intermutual detachment in a sad ivory tower of deified ipseity. It's a conceptually alluring exercise in ideoplastic rabble-rousing, without question...frustratingly, however, the overt bearings of an impossibly vagabond production peg this project as an edgy, inordinate, and admittedly very ambitious home movie. Accepted on these terms, it's a chimerical wonderwork of dereistic reverie, and its dodgy allure is only enhanced by the unvarnished minimalism of a breadline budget.

THE WORLD'S GREATEST SINNER will certainly appeal to only a very select throng of viewers...none-the-less, this earnestly hand-hammered anomaly is entirely worthy of investigation(as is evident by its sizable legion of fans...a number of whom, I suspect, might not like the film quite as much as they like the *IDEA* of liking it).

5.5/10


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