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Review: It Came From Kuchar

Underground culture ain’t what it used to be
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 28, 2010
3.5 3.5 Stars

There’s no accurate estimation of how many cult gems Bronx-and-Bay-Area-bred brothers George and Mike Kuchar have filmed since the late 1950s. The undisputed queer kings of low-to-no-budget cinema have always been as prolific as they are eccentric, and they continue to teach and create today.

For a documentary about D-movie mavens, It Came from Kuchar is expertly edited, and it serves as both a comprehensive archival overview for diehard fans and a thorough introduction for beginners. Jennifer Kroot’s already celebrated work won’t necessarily inspire all to rush and find rare copies of Pagan Rhapsody, The Devil’s Cleavage, and the quasi-pornographic Thundercrack.

But the message ringing loud and clear — that underground culture ain’t what it used to be — could not have been communicated through more fitting and likable characters.

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