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Monday, April 25, 2005

sinnerman

Saw The World's Greatest Sinner at the DIA tonight. On the way in to the theater I was stopped by a man who asked me to take a picture of him in front of the theater. He said, "Don't worry, it's my movie, they can't start it without me." I was confused and took the picture, and then he clarified that he was Tim Carey's son Romeo, and we went inside. Sure enough, he was introduced by some guy on stage and came out to talk about his dad before they showed it - an anecdote of his interaction with Bill Kennedy when he visited Detroit.

There was first a half-hour montage of clips from interviews and films Carey appeared in, which was a nice introduction to him, if a bit long. Then the film started and it was really strange. It's so no-budget, has such awkward editing, and leaden performances from all but a few of the characters, but Carey is such a captivating presence that it's easily forgivable. There are a lot of laughs, some probably less intentional than others, but eventually the emotional power of the spiritual theme of the movie pushes them aside. A great flick. Unfortunately, it's not available on DVD or anything because Romeo doesn't want it to be exploited by distributors, so he just brings it to cities who invite him and screens it.

Afterward Romeo came out to talk some more, but it was mostly awkward and uncomfortable, so I left.

posted by Bryce at 11:13 PM / 0 comments