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5.0 out of 5 stars The Kuchar Brothers - Truly Independent American Filmmakers, May 29, 2000
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This book became a filmmaking Bible for me. The Kuchar Brothers make movies for very little money using a whole lot of their souls in lieu of pecuniary advancements. Their movies are intensely personal, funny and brilliant and they've been making 'em since they were preteens using their aunt's 8mm (well before Super 8) camera inspired by the melodramas of Douglas Sirk as well as any piece of cinema they could devour.
This book gives a little taste of what's behind it all and it's a lot like the Brothers' movies - funny, moving, and whimsical with their own personal dreams, obsessions and demons as fuel. If you're a fan of the Kuchars you'll love this book. If you've never heard of them the book will serve as a timely introduction to their vast ouevre containing unforgettable titles like Sins of the Fleshapoids, Hold Me While I'm Naked and the Wet Destruction of the Atlantic Empire. Whether you know them or not, you will find this book invaluable. Mike's chapter entitled the Metaphysics of moviemaking is one of the greatest pieces I've ever read about making movies.
Even though they're not household names like many of the people they've inspired (Andy Warhol, John Waters, David Lynch), the Kuchar Brothers continue to make movies their own way. Though not as famous as some of their contemporaries, their contribution to American cinema is just as grand. That's why you should read this book...
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