CineSavant Column

Tuesday November 7, 2023



Writer Frank Falisi at the MUBI page offers yet another analysis of Joe Dante’s now-legendary, difficult-to-describe touring show, created with Jon Davison back in their school days. It toured college campuses, sometimes with a beer company as a sponsor. All I can say is that the splice-happy collegiate film collectors must have been well supplied with fun money to grab up all those 16mm prints.

The article is Basic Instinct: Getting Lost in Joe Dante’s The Movie Orgy, wherein the Dante-Davison fever dream at the 16mm editing block is described variously as “a love letter to bad taste,” “American exposing itself in its waste,” and “bound only by the limitations of whatever new reels they could get their hands on.”  Have you ever before read such fulsome praise?

The article runs afield to other Dante pictures, but says enough about The Movie Orgy to tip us that the contents of the 400-minute marathon must still be changing — Falisi describes film clips that I know we didn’t see in 2008 at the New Beverly. As the saying goes, ‘Catch it if you can.’

Thanks for reading! — Glenn Erickson