TrustMovies has long known (and somewhat appreciated) the oeuvre of sexploitation filmmakers Russ Meyer and Radley Metzger, but the name and work of one, Joe Sarno, had somehow escaped him. No more. Thanks to one of my favorite distributors, Film Movement, together with its new genre division, RAM Releasing, and a young Swedish filmmaker, Wiktor Ericsson, a new documentary about Mr. Sarno -- his life, wife and work -- is about to open here in New York City. And it is one pip of a movie.
Ingmar Bergman and when he was asked to come to Sweden to make a movie, the couple leaped at the oppor-tunity. They loved that country and have spent time there every year since. (That's they below, in Sweden, back in the day.) It soon becomes clear that Peggy is currently more necessary to Joe's well-being than ever before: emotionally, physically, even artistically. (We watch as she proofs and then explains to him why he'll have to change a scene in which a girl makes a phone call from a telephone booth into one in which she uses a cell phone.)
Art and Craft, you'll come to care for people whom you would very probably never have expected to.
Anthology Film Archives where it will see a one-week run -- a selection of Sarno's movies will also be shown, screening for eight days through September 26.
Click here to see the entire program listed, here for directions to AFA, and here to buy tickets..