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Liquid Sky (1982)

Cast: Anne Carlisle, Anne Carlisle, Paula Sheppard, more...
Director: Slava Tsukerman, Slava Tsukerman
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Studio: MTI Home Video
Genre: Comedies, Cult, Independent, Science Fiction , Black Comedy, Camp
Running Time: 114 min.
Languages: English
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A glitzy updating of Andy Warhol's Trash with aliens, this campy, stylish, but ultimately depressing film is one of the most keenly observed portraits of New York's early '80s downtown new wave scene. Anne Carlisle, who co-wrote the script, is terrific in a dual role as the wan lesbian Margaret and her arrogant gay nemesis, Jimmy. Tiny space aliens see Margaret shooting up and choose her to feed their heroin-like addiction to a substance produced in the human brain during sexual climax. Her partners end up vaporized, but since most of them treat her like dirt, Margaret doesn't mind. Meanwhile, a German scientist (Otto von Wernherr) has been tracking the plate-sized alien craft and observes it from the apartment of a horny Jewish woman (Susan Doukas); all the while, he is oblivious to her comic frustration and increasingly blatant sexual advances. Despite the sci-fi elements, considerable humor, cool music, and a gorgeous production design, this is really a film about desperation and ugliness. Other than Von Wernherr and Doukas -- who are outside the punk scene -- the characters all loathe themselves and treat each other horribly. Most of their sex involves rape, and when they die, each seems to be better off. Perhaps the bitter aftertaste of this film explains why it never really caught on as a midnight movie, but it is a dark gem and well worth seeing. ~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

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GreenCine Member Reviews

A Place and a Time... by samson May 9, 2005 - 9:23 AM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
While I agree that many parts of this movie are hard to take, as someone who lived in the East Village and the Lower East Side during the early 80's, it truly captured the essence of much of the performance art, new-wave experimentation, and drug culture that was going on then. Watching it always takes me back to then and there, so for me it remains a somewhat guilty pleasure and a memento more than anything else. Imagine catching it for the first time while waiting tables on acid in an East Village after-hours dive at 4 in the morning... --Mouse

Nonsensical ... AND boring! by JGelston September 13, 2004 - 8:01 PM PDT
1 out of 5 members found this review helpful
If you're looking for good sci fi, this isn't it. If you're looking for interesting cultural metaphor or commentary, this isn't that either. What this is is a horrendous pile of bad ideas and worse acting, filmed with even worse lighting, if that's possible. Liquid Sky wasn't even bad in an interesting way: it just sucked. Boring and stupid.

Worst of All Times ... Death from BOREDOM!!! by Frodo October 8, 2002 - 1:07 PM PDT
4 out of 15 members found this review helpful
Being a true lover of film, Memorable as well as some Great Trash, I find it difficult where to categorize this atrocity. Saw it in a theatre when it first played in San Francisco. Truly hated it!!! Upon exiting the theatre I found it hard to believe it was still the same week, let alone the same day. Interminable...

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