This Is America Part 2
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 11:59 pm
When Italian Shockumentary filmmaker Romano Vanderbes came to our country at the dawn of the 1980’s, he had one question “What is America?” His answer? THIS IS AMERICA, a two-part film series that explores the deepest, darkest, weirdest corners of the nation in the style of that era’s popular Mondo film. The second installment offers us a glimpse at Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra’s run for mayor of San Francisco, nuns who train in karate for self-defense, a midwestern male strip club, New York’s infamous Plato’s Retreat swingers club, a look at America’s gun fetish, and even made-up stuff like a piranha epidemic! This film has a little something for everyone, and despite its exploitative tone, it still manages to both celebrate and stand in awe of the wonderfully eccentric soul of America the Beautiful.