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Comment Archives: stories: Arts and Culture: Country Life

Re: “Ralph Bakshi's X-Rated, Animated Head Trip Heavy Traffic Midnight at Belcourt

INSIDE DEEP THROAT was interesting, but I'm leery of its claim that DEEP THROAT earned $600 million. That would make it much, much more lucrative than other early '70s hits like THE GODFATHER, THE EXORCIST or THE TOWERING INFERNO. And I think those films were seen by more people. (I don't remember if the $600M claim was just the theatrical gross, or included VHS/DVD sales and rentals.)

Of course, we'll never know how much money THROAT made, because the Mafia pocketed the money, they do their business in cash, and they're not known for keeping the most accurate records ...

Posted by Mark on 07/25/2014 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Ralph Bakshi's X-Rated, Animated Head Trip Heavy Traffic Midnight at Belcourt

I was mistaken: it's in the documentary INSIDE DEEP THROAT, which has an interview with the mob functionary nicknamed "The Candyman," whose work in Memphis — which included a detour to Nashville to bulk-buy Goo-Goos — inadvertently set off the obscenity charges.

Posted by mr. pink on 07/25/2014 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Ralph Bakshi's X-Rated, Animated Head Trip Heavy Traffic Midnight at Belcourt

Also, AIP boss Samuel Z. Arkoff was reportedly the one who threatened to pull out if HEAVY TRAFFIC was made without Bakshi.

Tracking down the Nashville reference ...

Posted by mr. pink on 07/25/2014 at 4:21 PM

Re: “T Magazine on 12South Fashion and 'Nashville's Quirky Style'

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Posted by Kelliente on 07/25/2014 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Ralph Bakshi's X-Rated, Animated Head Trip Heavy Traffic Midnight at Belcourt

Right. HEAVY TRAFFIC was released by the equally prestigious American International. (Actually, AIP was going upscale in the '70s, which led to the company's demise after it sank millions into turkeys like METEOR and SHOUT AT THE DEVIL).

There's a story about Tobe Hooper going to Bryanton's New York office to collect the money he was owed for CHAIN SAW, and retreating after guns were pulled on him. Or so the story goes.

I've read the Legs McNeil book, "The Other Hollywood." I don't remember a Nashville reference, but it does describe the DEEP THROAT trial in Memphis. Harry Reems was a defendant.

Posted by Mark on 07/25/2014 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Meet the Artist: Sam's Myth

I LOVE THIS BOX! It makes me smile every time I walk past Fido.

Posted by AbbyW on 07/25/2014 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Meet the Artist: Megan Kelley and the Scene's 25th Anniversary Artbox Project

Want to restate this a third time? There's still a chance it might be funny.

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Posted by mr. pink on 07/24/2014 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Meet the Artist: Megan Kelley and the Scene's 25th Anniversary Artbox Project

Can't wait to add this piece to my collection.

Posted by Michael Poindexter on 07/24/2014 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Meet the Artist: Megan Kelley and the Scene's 25th Anniversary Artbox Project

Wohoo, on my way to take this box home.

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Posted by Michael Poindexter on 07/24/2014 at 9:49 AM

Re: “T Magazine on 12South Fashion and 'Nashville's Quirky Style'

Such an embarrassment to the city. So unattractive and not stylish. Hope this doesn't draw more Portlandia hipsters to this town.

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Posted by Michael Poindexter on 07/24/2014 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Meet the Artist: Sam's Myth

How are these news rack "art" projects not just graffiti? If newspaper racks located within the public way are really just litter, can't just I throw that litter away?

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Posted by Michael Poindexter on 07/24/2014 at 9:41 AM

Re: “T Magazine on 12South Fashion and 'Nashville's Quirky Style'

Haha omg nashville is like so quirky lol. Look at these millenials as they awkwardly laugh and assert their quirkiness in a quirky neighbohood. Can you believe their spontaneity? I can't believe that guy talked about The Cars!!

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Posted by WillG on 07/23/2014 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Where in the World Should We Send Edan Lepucki?

I second the recommendation for City House on the Facebook post.

Posted by mr. pink on 07/23/2014 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Ralph Bakshi's X-Rated, Animated Head Trip Heavy Traffic Midnight at Belcourt

Sorry, meant to type COONSKIN in that last comment instead of HEAVY TRAFFIC.

Posted by mr. pink on 07/23/2014 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Ralph Bakshi's X-Rated, Animated Head Trip Heavy Traffic Midnight at Belcourt

Wow, Bryanston picked up HEAVY TRAFFIC? What a bizarre company that was — there's some fascinating stuff about it and producer Anthony Peraino in Joe Bob Briggs' PROFOUNDLY EROTIC book (the chapter on DEEP THROAT) and the Legs McNeil oral history of porn. As I remember, Nashville makes a cameo as they follow the money.

And what a portfolio it had — not just TEXAS CHAIN SAW and DEEP THROAT, but John Carpenter's DARK STAR, the blaxploitation oddity THE BLACK GESTAPO, some giallo pictures, the Andy Warhol DRACULA/FRANKENSTEIN movies, and the Stallone porn artifact PARTY AT KITTY AND STUD'S.

Mark, you never cease to amaze me.

Posted by mr. pink on 07/23/2014 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Third Man Records Enters 'Universe of Publishing' With Language Lessons

It's the most refined of all the roadkill-repurposing arts.

Posted by mr. pink on 07/23/2014 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Third Man Records Enters 'Universe of Publishing' With Language Lessons

Seems rare to see taxidermy described as "refined."

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Posted by Pete Wilson on 07/22/2014 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Ralph Bakshi's X-Rated, Animated Head Trip Heavy Traffic Midnight at Belcourt

Mr. Pink said: "The contemporary squeamishness about racial tension — or rather, our rush to equate awkward silence with a "post-racial" advance — really stands out when you see something like Bakshi's early ’70s movies."

Some people were squeamish about it in the '70s, too. COONSKIN was dropped by its original distributor, Paramount, after protests and pickets. It was picked up by Bryanston, the Mob-backed company that released TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE and the immortal THE DEVIL'S RAIN.

"That seemed waaaay more transgressive in HEAVY TRAFFIC than the sexual hyperbole."

I know what you mean. The most subversive thing in Altman's MASH today is a black football player nicknamed "Spear-Chucker."

Posted by Mark on 07/22/2014 at 3:50 PM
Posted by mr. pink on 07/22/2014 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Flipping Channels: Lifetime Gets Lottery Fever, and the Last of Murder in the First

Murder in the First still has three more episodes.

Posted by Isaiah on 07/22/2014 at 10:12 AM

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