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Before the body-threatening antics of Jackass came crashing into public consciousness, there was Ontario's Ralph Zavadil, aka Cap'n Video, who cascaded off roofs into snowbanks, jumped off ladders into half-empty swimming pools, and drank eggs through his nostrils. Beauty Day is a rambunctious documentary about this irrepressible pioneer of local-access cable shenanigans who entertained and outraged viewers in the small city of St. Catharines-until a special Easter Show, featuring a fat rabbit and adorable puppies (none of which were hurt), got him kicked off the air for good. With a nod to Werner Herzog, Cheel follows the life and times of Cap'n Video and finds that the Cap'n is still quite a firecracker. Written by Laurence Kardish

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Great Documentary
17 August 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I had never heard of this film before my initial viewing of it at MOMA NYC a few months ago. My good friend listens to the director's (Jay Cheel) podcast (Film Junk) and had found that Beauty Day was showing for two days here so we decided to check it out. The film centers around Ralph Zavadil, or as he's better known to native Ontarians, Cap'n Video. Cap'n Video was a outlandish 80's local cable celebrity known for performing crazy, low budget stunts à la MTV's Jackass, but well before them. It goes into the history of that character then into the present and how his life has changed. I had never heard of him, but did recognize him from a quasi famous youtube video where he attempts to just off a ladder into a swimming pool. Needless to say, he didn't make it. Ralph is an extremely entertaining study and Jay Cheel does an excellent job showcasing him. The film is beautifully shot and the music choices are spot on. I look forward to seeing more films from Jay and I am now an avid Film Junk listener.


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