Don't Rest on Your Laurel and Hardy: The Films of Harmony Korine

Fri, Mar 8th, 2019 to Thu, Mar 21st, 2019

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Since the moment he was plucked from Washington Square Park to pen the film that shook Cannes to its core, Harmony Korine has never stopped breaking his own and everyone else's rules and expanding minds in and beyond the world of film. Much like one of his heroes, Groucho Marx, Korine's never had any interest in belonging to any club that would have him or, perhaps more accurately, that would try to box him in. Korine is certainly influenced by the likes of Fassbinder, Herzog, Alan Clarke, and Buster Keaton while remaining ardently singular. He is obsessed with challenging his viewers to look for--and ultimately find--the beauty and purity inherent in the chaos of the oft-ignored dark and wild corners of humanity. Mischievously determined, his films remind us all that very often hilarity, horror, depravity, love, and sublime beauty exist simultaneously. Korine is an artist bound to his forever mission of "trying to give that beautiful energy some life; trying to let the arsonists be arsonists and let them vandalise in all their pageantry -- give it some light, give it some universe...let it transcend."

The Music Box Theatre is proud to present 'Don't Rest on Your Laurel and Hardy: The Films of Harmony Korine,' a near complete retrospective of films, shorts, music videos, and ephemera from one of the most peculiar & bizarre filmmakers in history and one of the last true punks of cinema.

***Series Trailer and Poster by Mike Perry (@mikeybaybay)***


PRICING:

Festival Pass - $55 GA/$45 Music Box Members

Regular Features - $12 GA/$9 Music Box Members

THE BEACH BUM - $15 GA/$12 Music Box Members

Movies & Showtimes for
Don't Rest on Your Laurel and Hardy: The Films of Harmony Korine

Fri, Mar 8th
Kids

11:59PM
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Sat, Mar 9th
Kids

11:59PM
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Thu, Mar 14th
Gummo

7:30PM
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Fri, Mar 15th
Spring Breakers

9:30PM
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Fri, Mar 15th
Trash Humpers

11:59PM
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Sat, Mar 16th
Julien Donkey-Boy

9:30PM
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Sat, Mar 16th
Mister Lonely

11:59PM
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Sun, Mar 17th
Spring Breakers

9:30PM
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Mon, Mar 18th
The Beach Bum

7:00PM
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Mon, Mar 18th
The Beach Bum

9:30PM
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Tue, Mar 19th
Trash Humpers

9:30PM
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Wed, Mar 20th
Mister Lonely

9:30PM
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Thu, Mar 21st
Julien Donkey-Boy

9:30PM
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The Beach Bum

A FILM BY: Harmony Korine
WRITTEN BY: Harmony Korine
STARRING: Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Martin Lawrence, Zac Efron, Jonah Hill, Jimmy Buffett

THE BEACH BUM follows the outrageous misadventures of Moondog (Matthew McConaughey), a rebellious burnout who only knows how to live life by his own rules. Complete with an all-star cast including Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Zac Efron, Jimmy Buffett, and Martin Lawrence, THE BEACH BUM is the wildly original and subversive new comedy from writer/director Harmony Korine.

“A fantasy par excellence about life without consequences; a thought exercise in what it would look like if someone truly lived without a care in the world.” —Film Inquiry

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 95 mins
Format: DCP

Gummo

A FILM BY: Harmony Korine
WRITTEN BY: Harmony Korine
STARRING: Nick Sutton, Jacob Reynolds, Chloë Sevigny, Linda Manz

***Preceded by ALONE IN THE WOODS: THE LEGEND OF CAMBO (9 1/2 min) + ACT DA FOOL (4 1/2 min) + Sonic Youth's "SUNDAY" (4 min)***

Aptly taking its namesake from the little known fifth Marx brother, Harmony Korine's directing debut instantly divided all who saw it, with Janet Maslin of the New York Times branding it the worst film of the year, and saying "Dirt is no crime, but willful stupidity should be", while Werner Herzog lavished it in praise, & none other than Jean-Luc Godard wrote Korine love letters after seeing it. GUMMO casts its actively nonjudgmental gaze on the daily goings on of working-class inhabitants in a tornado-ravaged small town called Xenia, Ohio through a borderline, avant-garde, non-narrative series of vignettes. Starring Chloë Sevigny (KIDS), Linda Manz (DAYS OF HEAVEN), Jacob Reynolds, & a slew of non-actors & locals, the film drops the viewer into a decidedly real world that oscillates moment to moment from breathtaking beauty to pearl-clinching disbelief. Making use of inventive cinematography, editing, & choice music selections ranging from Sleep & Eyehategod to Buddy Holly & Madonna, it all adds up to a film that is more experienced than seen, and put Harmony Korine firmly on the map as a truly unique voice in cinema.

"Life is beautiful. Really, it is. Full of beauty and illusions. Life is great. Without it, you'd be dead." ~ Solomon

Technical Information

Production Year: 1997
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 89 mins
Format: 35mm

Julien Donkey-Boy

A FILM BY: Harmony Korine
WRITTEN BY: Harmony Korine
STARRING: Ewen Bremner, Chloë Sevigny, Werner Herzog, Brian Fisk

***Preceded by MTV's "VISUAL MAFIA" (1 min) + Cat Power's "LIVING PROOF" (3 1/2 min)***

Inspired by the Danish ‘Dogma 95’ movement, though Korine breaks a handful of its rules -- JULIEN DONKEY-BOY unspools entirely from the kaleidoscopic point of view of an untreated schizophrenic navigating his family, his mind, and the outside world. Viewers willing to go on the journey are treated to a surprisingly beautiful and sympathetic portrait of the kind of family that most prefer to pretend doesn’t exist. Shot on Mini-DV then blown up to 16mm then 35mm to achieve a muddy, yet ethereal and accurate worldview straight from Julien’s head, DONKEY-BOY often feels impressionistic, which only makes the moments of heartbreaking realism that much more effective. Being based on Korine’s own experience growing up around his schizophrenic Uncle imbues the film with an overwhelming sense of love and compassion for the tragic suffering of this family, and offers a light and warmth amidst a seemingly pitch-black story. Featuring Werner Herzog’s most unhinged and inspired performance as Julien’s grief-stricken, volatile father, a beautifully tender turn from Chloë Sevigny as Julien’s sister carrying his child, & truly one of the greatest portrayals in film history from Ewen Bremner (TRAINSPOTTING) as Julien.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1999
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 94 mins
Format: 35mm

Kids

A FILM BY: Larry Clark
WRITTEN BY: Harmony Korine
STARRING: Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, Chloë Sevigny, Rosario Dawson, Harold Hunter, Jon Abrahams

***Preceded by Gus Van Sant's EASTER (2000, 31 min, 35mm)***

Leo Fitzpatrick's smooth-talking "Virgin surgeon" Telly cuts a potentially deadly swathe through unsuspecting adolescent girls in this snapshot of dirty, dangerous New York that practically reeks of adolescent b.o. and rampaging hormones. Clark's debut brought semi-documentary scrutiny to bear on the blunt-rolling and mating rituals of the city's downtown skaters as recorded by punk prodigy screenwriter Harmony Korine, while assembling one of the great ensemble casts of its day, with screen debuts by Chloë Sevigny, Rosario Dawson, Justin Pierce (RIP), Zoo York skater Harold Hunter (RIP), and Jon Abrahams. - Metrograph

**"EASTER" 35mm Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive (written by Harmony Korine)**

Technical Information

Production Year: 1995
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 91 mins
Format: 35mm

Mister Lonely

A FILM BY: Harmony Korine
WRITTEN BY: Harmony Korine, Avi Korine
STARRING: Diego Luna, Samantha Morton, Denis Lavant, Werner Herzog, Leos Carax

***Preceded by UMSHINI WAM (15 1/2 min) + SNOWBALLS (4 1/2 min)***

***Due to lack of materials available from the distributor, the format for MISTER LONELY will be DVD***

When asked to provide a synopsis, Korine offered this: "In broad terms, it's a movie about a Michael Jackson impersonator living in Paris who's down on his luck. He meets a Marilyn Monroe impersonator at a commune where all these other impersonators live. They want to put on a show in hopes that the world will come see them perform. She convinces him to go to this place and things happen. At the same time, there's a story about nuns jumping out of airplanes." All that plus an ensemble cast for the ages including Diego Luna (Y TU MAMÁ TAMBIÉN), Samantha Morton (MORVERN CALLAR), Denis Lavant (HOLY MOTORS), Leos Carax (BOY MEETS GIRL), Werner Herzog, and street magician David Blaine. LONELY marks to this day what is probably Korine's greatest balancing act with beaucoup characters & an effortless juggling of black comedy, gut-punching emotionality, and love for chosen family.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2007
Language: English
Run Time: 112 mins
Format: Digital

Spring Breakers

A FILM BY: Harmony Korine
WRITTEN BY: Harmony Korine
STARRING: Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, James Franco

***Preceded by THE LOTUS COMMUNITY WORKSHOP (28 1/2 min) + Rihanna's "NEEDED ME" (3 1/2 min)***

A raucous, John Waters-approved, Britney Spears-infused feature length exploitation pop video, packed to the gills with dripping sexuality, unrelentingly poetic cyclical dialogue, a soul-shaking Skrillex and Trap soundtrack boosted by a transcendent score by Cliff Martinez and dreamy cinematography from Benoit Debie (ENTER THE VOID, CALVAIRE). Harmony Korine gleefully deconstructs the idea of the American Dream & cultural appropriation as he simultaneously calls attention to and participates in its hedonistic spoils, wallowing in the gray area of human existence. And this is all executed with the help of your favorite Disney stars of yesteryear, and the absurd likes of Gucci Mane and the ATL Twins, as they join the deceptively simple story of Faith, Candy, Brit, & Cotty who discover what can happen when you're drawn to darkness and either bail when it gets real, or follow through to the bitter end and find out what it truly means to "spring break forever."

Technical Information

Production Year: 2012
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 94 mins
Format: 35mm

Trash Humpers

A FILM BY: Harmony Korine
WRITTEN BY: Harmony Korine
STARRING: Rachel Korine, Brian Kotzur, Travis Nicholson, Harmony Korine

***Preceded by CRUTCHNAP (42 sec) + CURBDANCE (2 min) + BLOOD OF HAVANA (2 1/2 min) + The Black Keys' "GOLD ON THE CEILING" (4 min) + after TRASH HUMPERS stick around for MAC & PLAK (28 min)***

Even by Korine's standards, TRASH HUMPERS is an intensely strange film to say the least. Though an attempt at plot description is a rather silly exercise, the film concerns itself with a group of outsiders in Nashville who record their day to day existences -- mischief, dancing, singing, and yes, humping inanimate objects -- on cheap video cameras. For those willing to experience it, the film quickly begins to reveal its true self through repetitions, anarchy, & chaos as it develops into a surprisingly honest experience in humans existing purely as id, with nothing in sight coming near to social graces or any such restrictions. As is often the case with his films, Korine places the viewer squarely in a world that most would rather ignore. But if you don't look away, and listen closely, you may just begin to see the beauty in the unhinged, fringe-existing wildlings and their beautifully perverse, arguably pure existences of destruction, lawlessness, & childlike glee as they hump their way through the shadowlands of Nashville & reveal many an uncomfortable truth about the supposed normal members of society.


"We were trying find the glory in the shadows. We were just trying to let the shapeshifters – those people that live under bridges – get out and dance, you know? We were just trying to give that beautiful energy some life; trying to let the arsonists be arsonists and let them vandalise in all their pageantry – give it some light, give it some universe... let it transcend." - Harmony Korine

Technical Information

Production Year: 2009
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 78 mins
Format: 35mm

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