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Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005)

TV-14 | | Documentary | 5 August 2005 (USA)
From 1970-1977, six low budget films shown at midnight transformed the way we make and watch films.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Alan Douglas ...
J. Hoberman ...
Himself (as Bob Shaye)
Himself (as George Romero)
Jonathan Rosenbaum ...
Bill Quigley ...
Larry Jackson ...
Seth Willenson ...
Chuck Zlatkin ...
Perry Henzell ...
Jim Sharman ...
Himself (archive footage)


Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream tells the hidden history of these landmark films, El Topo (1970), Night of the Living Dead (1968), The Harder They Come (1973), Pink Flamingos (1972), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), and Eraserhead (1977). The documentary includes in-depth interviews with the directors, producers, writers and actors who were part of these low-budget, yet monumental productions, the exhibitors and distributors who played them, and the audiences who viewed them. Written by Steve Belgard

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5 August 2005 (USA)  »

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Kultfilmens mestre  »

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CAD 671,000 (estimated)
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John Waters: [about Pink Flamingos] I was high when I wrote it. I was not high when I made it.
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This film renews my spirit in underground cinema1
8 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

I found this on my TV instead of another listed program and was quite happy the cable guide screwed up. A romp through some of my favorite spunk filled films of all time. the midnight film has a spirit that most films being released these days fail to capture. this was fun to view. Maybe I've heard the same words before but we could all use hearing these words again. Very inspiring. Love this stuff! John Waters, George A. Romero, and the Rocky Horror picture show. What else do I need to get my ass in gear to make another film. did I mention this is inspiring to those who love underground cinema. This ain't smut...this is art.

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