- Fri-Sat, Feb 7-8 at MidnightDir. Nelson Lyon, USA, 1971, 80 min., DCPOfficial Website
Part of Midnight Movies.
A major, though forgotten, work from New York’s underground film scene of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Nelson Lyon’s THE TELEPHONE BOOK tells the story of Alice, a sex-obsessed hippie who falls in love with the world’s greatest obscene phone caller and embarks on a quest to find him. Her journey introduces her to an avant-garde stag filmmaker, a manipulative psychiatrist, a lesbian housewife, and more. Photographed in high-contrast black-and-white, and punctuated with a remarkable, surreal color animated sequence, THE TELEPHONE BOOK is one of the greatest cult films you’ve probably never heard of. (Synopsis from Vinegar Syndrome)
"One of my favorite films of the 70′s." —Steve Martin "The Telephone Book is one of the undiscovered great films. Stylistically, it combines the best of Antonioni’s sexually tinged ennui without becoming overlong; the best of the narrative deconstruction of Godard without the hostility towards the audience; the best of the eroto-political statements of William Klein without the cinematic inertia." —Michelle Clifford, Sleazoid Express