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Chop Suey (2001)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 5 October 2001 (USA)
A homage to Bruce Weber's Favourite things, these being mixing film, photography and classic movies. With portraits of a lesbian jazz singer and a 16 year old wrestler.

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Bruce Weber
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Johnson Peter Johnson ... Self
Frances Faye ... Self (archive footage)
Herbie Fletcher Herbie Fletcher ... Self
Dibi Fletcher Dibi Fletcher ... Self
Christian Fletcher Christian Fletcher ... Self
Nathan Fletcher Nathan Fletcher ... Self
Rickson Gracie Rickson Gracie ... Self
Robert Mitchum ... Self (archive footage)
Wilfred Thesiger Wilfred Thesiger ... Self (as Sir Wilfred Thesiger)
Jan-Michael Vincent ... Self
Diana Vreeland Diana Vreeland ... Self (archive footage)
Teri Shepherd Teri Shepherd ... Self
Teddy Antolini Teddy Antolini ... Self
Jason Maves Jason Maves ... Self
Ryan Mickelson Ryan Mickelson ... Self
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A homage to Bruce Weber's Favourite things, these being mixing film, photography and classic movies. With portraits of a lesbian jazz singer and a 16 year old wrestler.

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Fascinating Cultural Scrapbook of the 50's, 60's and 70's
4 April 2007 | by escheticSee all my reviews

With no thru-plot line and inconsistent cinematography, a viewer's appreciation of this unexpectedly fascinating film will in large part depend on their interest in the variety modern American culture has to offer and other people's old photo albums. I sat down to sample a copy of this unfortunately obscure film expecting to spend only a few minutes, but got wrapped up in it and could scarcely tear myself away.

What it is is nothing less than a scrapbook of three decades of American cultural life from the point of view of one of its premiere photographers. Bruce Webber, known by many for his innovative commercial ad work, and by many others for his studies of male nudes, simultaneously gives us a revelation of what it is to be an artist and loving memoirs of jazz singer Frances Faye and iconic designer/editor Diana Vreeland, all mixed with Webber's own highly personalized photos and home movies. It's a heady mix and pure art at its best. CHOP SUEY is not a "gay film" per se, but a gay sensibility is clearly present in the telling.

Many film fans have "test films" for friends and prospective lovers they are getting serious with - if they like a particular film they "get" the test giver. I'd strongly recommend this film (if one can find a copy - as of this writing, no easy feat) as a close to ideal "test" film for anyone who claims to be open to new experiences and any test giver who wants to measure the breadth of cultural exposure, true sophistication and tolerance of the person tested. I'd not be entirely comfortable with children being exposed to anyone who hated this film or, to be honest, anyone who hated this film being allowed to breed.

The "7 of 10" rating is only so low in recognition of the resistance some will have to the "stream of consciousness" organization of the piece. For anyone else, it's an enthralling experience.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2001 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,472, 7 October 2001

Gross USA:

$179,914

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$183,530
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Production Co:

Just Blue Films Inc. See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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