FILM TWINS KUCHAR, KUCHAR COOL
"They believe going after money is selling out in a way . . . They should be knighted.”
That’s John Waters on the underground-film legends George and Mike Kuchar in the fun-to-watch bio-doc “It Came From Kuchar.”
The twins grew up in The Bronx in the 1950s, becoming hooked on Hollywood melodramas by Douglas Sirk and others.
In the 1960s, the bros, along with Andy Warhol, helped shape the New York underground film scene with irreverant comedies like “I Was a Teenage Rumpot,” “The Naked and the Nudes” and “Sins of the Fleshapoids.”
Filmmakers Waters, Atom Egoyan and Guy Maddin join stars of Kuchar flicks in praising the guys — once dubbed “the 8 mm Mozarts” — who went solo in 1965.
You don’t have to have ever seen any of their movies to enjoy “It Came From Kuchar,” directed by one of George’s former students, Jennifer M. Kroot. But you’ll probably want to catch up with their work afterward.
In addition to giving Kroot’s film a week’s run, Anthology Film Archives this weekend and next will unreel a large selection of the brothers’ work. Sounds like a must for film devotees everywhere.
— By V.A. Musetto