Chafed Elbows


1h 3m 1967

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Drama
Experimental
Release Date
Jan 1967
Premiere Information
New York opening: 4 Jan 1967
Production Company
Goosedown Productions
Distribution Company
Film-Makers' Distribution Center; Vulcan Projections
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 3m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White, Color

Synopsis

Walter Dinsmore's annual January breakdown begins shortly after he leaves his mother's apartment. He is delivered by caesarian section [or through a hysterectomy?] of 189 ten-dollar bills, an accumulation which is the result of swallowing a nickel when he was a child. Psychoanalysis proves of little help to him inasmuch as he sees nothing wrong with being in love with his mother. Death offers no solution; Heaven promptly rejects Walter and sends him back to Earth, whereupon he is sold as a pop art creation. He takes an acting job as a policeman in an underground film but finds that "all the action takes place behind the camera." After the movie project folds because someone knocks over the camera, Walter keeps his policeman's uniform, directs traffic at Times Square, and accepts bribes from pornography peddlers. He helps cater potato salad at a Bar Mitzvah and meets a woman who is hiding under a table. When their rooftop orgy is interrupted by the caterer, Walter flings him to the street below. Walter's cousin, in a telephone call from the Dixie Hotel on 43d Street, complains that Walter has made her pregnant. He throws her from the window, and she lands on a theater marquee, gaining instant "star billing." After becoming a rock and roll singing sensation with a song entitled "In Your Black Leather Negligee," Walter returns home and finds that his father has died. Walter marries his mother, becomes a proud father, moves to the suburbs, and lives happily on welfare. [The order of events is uncertain.]

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Drama
Experimental
Release Date
Jan 1967
Premiere Information
New York opening: 4 Jan 1967
Production Company
Goosedown Productions
Distribution Company
Film-Makers' Distribution Center; Vulcan Projections
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 3m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White, Color

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Subsequently released in a 57-min version. A large portion of the film is composed of still shots and stop-motion camera effects.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1965

Shown at 1965 Chicago International Film Festival.

Released in United States 1965

Released in United States 1965 (Shown at 1965 Chicago International Film Festival.)