We know there are few things that shock you, dear Voice readers. But we think we may have found a film series worthy of your deepest admiration. Cheerfully Perverse: Five Years of Severin Films is a tribute to the fine restoration work going on at the indie company Severin Films, where they focus on reviving only the most controversial, bizarre films (for instance, have you ever heard of The Sinful Dwarf ? Its ads exclaimed: “A young bride left alone to the lewd passions of an evil dwarf!”). On Friday (July 8), the series kicks off with a two-for-one double feature of Roman Polanski’s 1972 film What? (which features an appearance by Marcello Mastroianni as a syphilitic pimp and is currently unavailable in the U.S.) and Richard Rush’s 1980 movie The Stunt Man (starring Peter O’Toole as a “megalomaniacal madman commanding a film-set circus”). On Tuesday (July 12) at 7, check out Ted Post’s disturbing 1973 film The Baby, about a mentally disabled man who is still treated as an infant by his mother (it’s a two-for-one double feature with The Sinful Dwarf at 10).

July 8-15, 2011