Saturday, May 13, 2017

OPTIK: PHAROS OF CHAOS directed by Wolf-Eckhart Buhler/Manfred Blank

PHAROS OF CHAOS is an astounding 1983 documentary about writer/actor//activist/sailor/stoolie Sterling Hayden that follows this conflicted/contradictory man as he ambles around his barge docked somewhere in France.  His "performance" here is nothing short of a spectacle of  disintegration as he smokes hashish and drinks bottle after bottle of wine. The film has the feel of a series of outtakes or a mid-period Warhol film, revealing, repulsive, and very sad at the same time.

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