The Flower Thief


(Ron Rice, 1961).
A founding work of underground movies, Ron Rice’s North Beach picaresque used army-surplus 16mm to document Taylor Mead’s wistfully infantile antics. Unscripted and genuinely haphazard, The Flower Thief posited life as a movie. It was praised in these pages by Jonas Mekas for exhibiting “the utmost disrespect for the professional camera, plot, character conventions.”

Sun., June 29, 8 p.m., 2008

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