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It Came From Kuchar [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
One of the best documentaries I've ever seen in a while 27 Jun 2010
By sf_guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about seeing this documentary. Even though I had seen only snippets of Kuchar films throughout the years, I just didn't feel that their artistic oeuvre was consistent with my own.

Fast forward a few months. A friend who took class with George Kuchar at the San Francisco Art Institute invited me to a screening of this film where George and Mike would be appearing afterwards. As I hadn't seen this friend in a while and wanted to spend time with him, I reluctantly accepted his invitation.

From the opening credits, which were amazing, I was hooked. Jennifer Kroot has done a skillful job of juxtaposing the canon of Kuchar films with a more personal and intimate look at the brothers' lives.

It's not easy to blend pathos with humor, especially in a documentary, without it being maudlin or camp, and I was pleasantly surprised at how seamlessly this conbination was achieved in this film.

I was also suprised at how many directors I have admired over the years were influenced by the Kuchar films. Wayne Wang, Atom Egoyan, John Waters, just to list a few.

Although the Kuchar films may not be everyone's taste, "It Came From Kuchar" certainly has something for everyone. I have now seen this film three times, and I learn something new each time. I give it my strongest recommendation.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A touching tribute to an influential pair of underground filmmakers 13 Jun 2010
By Nathan Andersen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
How come I'd never heard of the Kuchar brothers? They have had an incredible influence, and were part of the film underground in its heyday, celebrated by the likes of Jonas Mekas and screening alongside the likes of Stan Brakhage and Andy Warhol. Their films, for all their low-budget schlock-style filmmaking feel, nevertheless show a keen sensitivity to the ways that images work, and how they can be cut together and juxtaposed with music and sound to create feeling and impact. Yet they always continued, quite deliberately, to work with an ultra-low-cost vibe in ways that intensified feeling, and maximized the unusual, combining comic effect and naked self-revelation. It's strange stuff, but not hard to see why filmmakers like Wayne Wang, John Waters, Atom Egoyan, and Guy Maddin love their work and were inspired by it, even while they all moved closer to the mainstream. While Mike Kuchar's films seem to be a bit more artistic and serious explorations of erotic themes, George Kuchar's films are over the top cult classic style movies. He seems to combine something of the prolific inventiveness of a Lloyd Kaufmann with the gross-out sensibilities of early John Waters and a strong hint of guilt acquired from a Catholic upbringing. Still, it's intriguing stuff.

Apart from a few flourishes, such as the delightful 3-d cutout opening title sequence, the documentary itself is pretty conventional, combining talking heads with archival footage, as well as a depiction of the George Kuchar on the set with a class he teaches in San Francisco, creating his latest low budget wild affair, about a female Frankenstein-type character. Still, the subject matter is fascinating, and the brothers are both seriously out there and genuinely sincere and talented, and each has a unique auteur-vision that is clearly on display. Definitely worth catching for lovers of independent and inventive cinema, and for stories about unique American lives.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It Came From Kuchar 26 Jun 2012
By Tom P. Bullock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful and very entertaining look at twin brothers, George and Mike Kuchar in their late 60s who, at the age of 12 started making "underground" films in the Bronx. Their films, however, were singularly different from the normal underground fare in that they tended to be fully realized melodramas based on the feature films they loved to watch as kids, potboilers such as "Written On The Wind" and "Butterfield 8".

"Kuchar" is an affecting and often humorous accounting of their life in films, which to date has produced hundreds of productions ranging from shorts to feature length in nearly every film and video medium known. Sadly and regrettably, George has passed away since this film's release, but the wonderful humanity and wacky humor of his particular oeuvre is preserved here for all time, along with the distinct feeling from their former actors that the brothers affectionately led them as cinematic Pied Pipers through many memorable real-life adventures as they all grew up.

Keeping things moving in this DVD are apt and entertaining observations by film director John Waters (who considers the Kuchar brothers as his early mentors), Canadian feature director Atom Egoyan, director and humorist Buck Henry, film director Wayne Wang, film critic B. Ruby Rich and many others. The DVD xtras offers an ample 45 mins. of additional excerpts from some of their nearly countless productions. I edited this film, so I guess I'm partial to it. But by any measure, this is one good and rewarding piece for any DVD collection.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
So much fun to watch 20 Dec 2010
By Elsie Oliveros - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Well. I see by reading some of the other reviews that some people just don't get it. If you like blockbuster movies, or all the commercial stuff made for the masses to make as much money as possible, then you cannot appreciate the no boundaries creativity of these two brothers. They both (and I like Mike as much as George) have come up with the most creative, outrageous, out of the box ideas that have inspired film makers such as John Waters and many others.
The documentary is beautifully done. I laughed out loud with many of their comments. They have a child like quality.
It's refreshing to know that there are human beings out there who still create without a materialistic agenda.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic 23 April 2013
By sgvalleyman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It was kooky, fun and entertaining. Despite their no budget films, they showed their obvious talent. Glad I purchased it
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