Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The World's Greatest Sinner

Wow. Simply wow. I'm so glad that I finally saw this movie. Bart has been telling me about it for years and now I've finally seen it. It is easily one of the most bizarre things I have ever seen. You must see this movie.

I first became enamored with Timothy Carey upon seeing him in The Killing and Paths of Glory. Apparently, he went on to be in Beach Blanket Bingo (what?), Head, and The Killing of a Chinese Bookie. He truly is a one of a kind presence and has to be seen to be believed.

The movie begins with him playing an insurance salesman named Clarence who decides that insurance is pointless. He leaves his family and decrees ,"There's only one God, and that's Man." He promptly goes onto to start a rock band and eventually starts a political movement around his cult. His spastic concerts lead to suicides and riots. He starts referring to himself as God. He sleeps with 70-year-olds as well as 14-year-old groupies. He is a dirty man.

Carey starts wearing a clearly fake goatee to make things even stranger. His rock performances are like a cross between Elvis, Nicholas Cage from Wild at Heart, Ford Fairlane, Gene Vincent, Dean Carter, Ian Svenonius, and Jack White playing Elvis. And maybe a little Buster Keaton thrown in during quieter moments. Completely brilliant.

See this movie if this description appeals to you. You will not be disappointed. Thanks SHR for letting me know that this was on!

Oh yeah, and a young Frank Zappa did the score.

Check it out.


Directed by Timothy Carey
1962
TCM

2 comments:

shawn said...

netflix does not have this. harumph.

Listmaker said...

yeah, that's why i was so excited to see it show up on tcm.

check that site to see if and when it is on again.

you can also have them send you an email reminder when it will be on again if it is on anytime in the next 6 months or so.