An interesting capture of the story & subculture around the Continental bathhouse, mainly told through interviews with the owner.
It was sometimes frustrating to be told of anarchic hedonsitic times, and a swinging cabaret scene - but for there to be little record aside from grainy photos.
In this respect it seems the film is a faithful attempt to piece together a story with the resources available, but limited as piece of cinema.
If there were more footage it seems that there might be another story in itself of Bette Middlers emergence as a performer there, and her latter attempts to distance herself from the scene.
Nazi's on the Moon - here is an example of the kind of films we can expect more of in the age of Kickstarter.
The idea is catchy enough to hook people in and want to fund it, but its way too whacky to make it past the high concept gatekeepers at the other end of the spectrum in Hollywood.
Interesting too that the film was a co-production between Finland, Germany & Australia. Its hard to say whether the USA is…
If I wanted a quick lead in for this film I would say its 'indie kids do badlands'.
But this wouldn't entirely be fair because it makes the film sound derivative. It's not, but there are definitely echoes of films we know and love.
I was at the Q&A at SXSW and I asked if some aspects of the soundtrack were intentionally referencing Malick's film - the composer was bemused at first and then explained that the chimes in the…