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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Solid Gold Weekend

This is the opening of the, for want of a better term, cult film, "Dusty and Sweets McGee," directed by Floyd Mutrux. It may languish unreleased (legally, at least) forever, possibly due to the cost of licensing the zillion music cues that Mutrux and/or his music editor used in the opening sequence alone, at a time when contracts didn't cover home video release usage. They presage the aggressive music collage concocted by Martin Scorsese and Robbie Robertson in the climactic scenes of "Goodfellas." Enjoy.

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Anonymous Ratso said...

It's a pretty small cult. The filmmaker Kelly Reichardt (River of Grass, Ode, Old Joy, and a forthcoming film tentatively called Wendy) told me about this movie, citing it (with Two-Lane Blacktop) as a big influence, and I finally saw it when it showed up for one night at the Roxy in San Francisco about ten years ago. Ten years at least. I remember it as having a similar sunset feel to American Graffiti, maybe because of the music and the cars. I also seem to remember that Mutrux worked as a cinematographer on some other worthwhile films, though he's not listed as a cinematographer at imdb.com.

March 15, 2008 at 7:57 AM


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