Both together and separately, identical twins George and Mike Kuchar have been cranking out underground movies for a half century, and their delirious stew of camp melodrama, Grand Guignol horror, and expressive avant-gardism has inspired filmmakers as dissimilar as John Waters and Guy Maddin, both of whom sing their praises in this entertaining documentary portrait. Video maker Jennifer M. Kroot interviews both brothers and shows the freewheeling George Kuchar working with students at the San Francisco Art Institute (where he's taught since 1971) on a fever dream titled The Fury of Frau Frankenstein
. Among the interviewees are Atom Egoyan, Wayne Wang, B. Ruby Rich, and Buck Henry, who points out how starkly the Kuchars' early movies contrasted with the affectless works of Andy Warhol and Stan Brakhage: "The Kuchars were all
affect." 86 min.
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