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Hot Dogs for Gauguin (1972)

| Short | 1972 (USA)
A photographer plans to blow up the Statue of Liberty in order to take a picture and thus get famous.

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Martin Brest

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Martin Brest
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Cast overview:
Danny DeVito ... Adrian
William Duff-Griffin William Duff-Griffin ... Fletcher
Rhea Perlman ... Woman on Ferry
Martin Brest ... Man on Ferry
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A photographer plans to blow up the Statue of Liberty in order to take a picture and thus get famous.

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Budget:

$800 (estimated)
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Mono
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A starving photographer - DeVito - deploys an expansive get-rich scheme against the advice of a besotted schoolteacher.
2 December 2012 | by eidolon57See all my reviews

Hot Dogs was a student film, yet the quality of cinematography, comic timing in both performance and editing, and it's maniacal theme set this movie apart. It launched the careers of both Danny DeVito and Martin Brest, and any Hollywood scout would instantly see why. The construction of the film provides a world and it's characters through subtle cues and implications. "Fleeetcheeeer," defines the friendship of the two main characters, while the introductory stalking and fruit thievery delineate the anti-hero's personality through behavior rather than narrative. There is a lot of story, and surprising tension, in this very compact film. The climax is quite formalistic, but highly effective, delivering a punch that is expected, yet unbelievable when it happens. The bookending punchline is delivered with wonderful effect, in classic mousetrap style. Technically, it adheres to the logic of the invisible observer, playing out like a recollection from the afterlife of one of the characters. But please take care when viewing, as it is not politically correct in the moment. Caution: Genius at work!


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