Saturday, January 30, 2010

Liquid Sky of Slava Tsukerman

Liquid Sky is an independent American film produced in 1983 with a budget of $500,000. It broke all the existing box office and duration records in the U.S., Germany and Japan (citation needed) and won a cult following shortly after its release. In New York, Boston and Washington D.C. the film played non-stop for more than three years and grossed more than a million dollars in each city. Liquid Sky was the recipient of five international film festival awards.

In April 16, 2009 Dan Person of recalls that upon its release Liquid Sky "provoked heated arguments and, love it or hate, was required viewing for anyone who really cared about film." Dan Person considers the film "one of the formative forces of indie film."
Carlos James Chamberlin wrote in March, 2004 at "It’s about time people started rendering into Liquid Sky. Its long lipstick trace is smudged through much of indie cinema."
Liquid Sky regularly plays at numerous international film festivals and every screening is completely sold out. The audiences are young and their reaction to the film is more fervent than it was when the film was first released in 1983.
Vladislav "Slava" Tsukerman (born 1940) is an Russian film director. He was born in the Soviet Union and emigrated in 1973 with his wife Nina Kerova to Israel. In 1976 he moved to New York City. He is best known for producing, directing, and writing the screenplay for the 1982 cult film Liquid Sky. He also directed the 2004 documentary Stalin's Wife (about Nadezhda Alliluyeva) and the 2008 film Perestroika.
Liquid Sky (Slava Tsukerman, 1982) Plot summary: Tiny aliens in a very small flying saucer (which looks like a cheap neon Frisbee) come to Earth, looking for heroin. They land on roof of a penthouse in New York's East Village (new-wave Manhattan) inhabited by a drug dealer (Paula E. Sheppard (the former child star of 'Alice, Sweet Alice')) and her female, androgynous, bisexual nymphomaniac lover, who is a fashion model (Anne Carlisle). The aliens are after the chemicals produced in the human brain during orgasm, which they have discovered is far superior to heroin, and the model's casual sex partners quickly begin to disappear, one by one by one.

This increasingly bizarre scenario is observed by a lonely, (sex-starved) woman in the building across the street, the German scientist, Johann Hoffman, who is following the aliens (played by Otto Von Wernherr), and an equally androgynous, and drug-addicted male model (also played by Anne Carlisle).

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