Here at FilmMunch we have often mentioned the importance, as FilmMunchers ie. FilmLovers to take a look back at the evolution of cinema. The Documentary Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream does exactly that, but narrows it’s subject matter to the infamous Midnight Movies from the 70’s. It celebrates them!
This doco is informative and contains some intriuging and insightful interviews from some noteworthy and legendary directors, producers and even musicians. It must be stated that typically the makers of Midnight Movies have been known to be eccentric, to say the least, and therefore there are some profanities in this doco. In addition some of them even reveal information that perhaps we wish we didn’t know! Still, we live in the information age, information is good, it’s essential.
It gives us a closer look at the following six Midnight Films, pillars to the genre:
- El Topo (1970) – Alejandro Jodorowsky
- Night of the Living Dead (1968) – George A. Romero
- The Harder They Come (1973) – Perry Henzell
- Pink Flamingos (1972) – John Waters
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) – Jim Sharman
- Eraserhead (1977) – David Lynch
I must admit that I loved watching this documentary because it makes you really want to either watch or re-watch these somewhat iconic films, plus you really feel like being teleported back into time, Marty McFly style, and be at some reportedly crazy and wild screenings of these artistic and bold films.
We need to understand that these films were considered B Movies, which is interesting since, today some of these titles are touchstones for FilmMakers. Due to their ‘far-out’ styles and abstract thinking they developed a ‘cult’ following. The doco makes us believe and understand that because of these outrageous midnight screenings, films have evolved to what they are today. There is validity to this point.
Films are to be celebrated. And who hasn’t enjoyed a night in or out with a group of equally as avid FilmMunchers and watched a favourite film or two?
TRIVIA COOKIE: Over 120 films are either mentioned, talked about, posters of, seen, or titles seen onscreen. Fair effort, considering this doco only runs for 88 minutes!