Chameleon Street

Chameleon Street ★★★★½

I saw this film on VHS many years ago, and I remember enjoying it as a charming oddity. Seeing the restoration on the big screen in 2021 was a much richer experience, not just because of the technology and resolution. It's a film that is incredibly funny and bizarre, and anchors the audience within different environments and ideas in a specific way, yet making us piece it together and not dictating how we should feel about the main character. This film made a splash at Sundance and then fell away (various reasons I'm not adept at discussing here), and watching it over 30 years later makes me lament that American independent film didn't curve in the direction of risk-taking that this film embodies, and instead just became lower budget versions of hollywood films and tv sitcoms with each passing year.