Saturday, July 03, 2010

Do U Ubu?

Not that I need another internet diversion, I must sing the praises of discovering Ubuweb. How can you not be enchanted by a site with the declared mission of "a completely independent resource dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts. All materials on UbuWeb are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights belong to the author(s). UbuWeb is completely free."

There are some great films posted by famed outsiders such as Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures and George Kuchar's Corruption of the Damned. Not exactly outsider, but rare is the documentary Shanghai Jim aired on BBC in 1991 in which Empire of the Sun author J.G. Ballard returns to Shanghai and revisits his childhood home at 31 Amherst Avenue. Or a nifty documentary on the Bauhaus movement.

Then there is the wonderful 365 days project that features such jewels as Edith Massey singing "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Turn On!" the fabulous LP of Miss Pat Collins, the Hip Hypnotist, German Cowboys songs and the curious warbling of Madame Saint Onge, billed as the "French Mrs. Miller."

I would venture to say 95% of what they have will never be found on Netflix.

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At 4:38 PM, Blogger The Blue Elephant said...

What are you doing to me, Gregg?! The Ubu site, like the vampyr in Flaming Creatures, is apt to DEVOUR me! Thank you for being such a Web explorer. Looks as if Ubu has many treasures. Believe it or not, I saw Flaming Creatures, with a small group of cinephiles, almost immediately after it was made or had been heard of, in what appeared to be an abandoned church in the Mission. Too bad I don't remember how I happened to be there. The church, sort of wooden and Victorian, is still there, and so I guess it was restored to religious service. Must go by sometime and verify the address. Anyway, thanks for finding Ubu -- Looks like a good site to explore -- or drown in, like the tarn around the House of Usher!.


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