Best bootleg-video store (2008)


It's still Kim's on St. Marks, which has long reigned as the metro area's prime holding pen for movies—on DVD or, still, VHS—you're not supposed to find anywhere else. "Hard-to-find" is the preferred euphemism, but however they were acquired, the jungle of them is thick. We'll just scratch the surface: Robert Frank's outrageous, slightly fictionalized Stones doc Cocksucker Blues (1972), Todd Haynes's landmark outlaw puppet biopic Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987), the VHS entirety of Mark Donskoi's once revered Soviet mega-trilogy based on Gorky's memoirs (1938–40), Georges Franju's 1963 remake of Feuillade's espionage-crime serial Judex, Chris Marker's epochal semi-doc Sans Soleil (1962), Robert Rossellini's historical films made for Italian TV (among them Blaise Pascal, 1971), a spate of early Hou Hsiao-hsien, Fernando Solanas's storm of Argentine political fury The Hour of the Furnaces (1968), the sponged-from-history document of Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland's "Fuck the Army" vaudeville tour of military bases F.T.A. (1972), and so infinitely on.


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