Roger Jacoby retrospective Rating: NNN
Roger Jacoby's films have layers, like a jawbreaker. Watching them, you go through phases of sensual pleasure, narrative perplexity and ironic self-awareness to a warm, sweet centre of cozy affect.
This Pleasure Dome program, guest curated by Scott Berry and Chris Kennedy, encompasses 10 years of his work, from 1972's abstract-painterly study of colour and shape, Futurist Song, through to 1982's How To Be A Homosexual, Part II. On the way, there's Dream Sphinx (1974), in which Jacoby's partner, former Warhol superstar Ondine, and Sally Dixon dress up as Victorian lovers and play affectionately with the idea of performance in a warm, grainy, hand-processed colour glow.
Pearl And Puppet (1975) combines a family puppet show with home movie and silent film conventions to create a charming, complex, understated reflection on reality and artifice. Also showing: Jacoby's seminal How To Be A Homosexual, Parts I & II. (Saturday, March 13 at Cinecycle)