Emerald Cities movie !
(90 min., Color, Dolby, © 1983)
Emerald Cities on IMDB
Studio: Music Video Dist
Release Date: 4/15/2008 DVD
Director: Rick Schmidt
Writers: Dick Richardson, Rick Schmidt
Starring: Carolyn Zaremba, Ed Nylund, Dick Richardson, Willie Boy Walker, Ted Falconi, Debbie Krant, Rick Schmidt, Lowell Darling, Lian Cutchins, Freuda Morris, Kelly Boen, Arnie Passman.
Selected for Rotterdam International Film Festival, Everyman Theatre (London), Florence Film Festival (Italy), VISIONS OF INDEPENDENTS - the 1984 Australian Film Institute seven city tour of "The Cutting Edge of Cinema " from USA, Great Britan, Australia, etc.
EMERALD CITIES, completing the trilogy --"A Man, a Woman, and a Killer" (1975) and "1988: The Remake" (1977)-- is a story about a young woman (Carolyn Zaremba) who runs off from her Death Valley home to seek her fortune. Her drunken old dad (Nylund), still stuck in his Santa suit from the local Christmas pagent, follows and soon comes in contact with the "new dark ages" of 1984. Juxtapositions of "on-the street" interviews (by Willie Boy Walker), punk performances by bands FLIPPER and the MUTANTS, TV shows of past-life hypnotism and nuclear destruction, and a crazed ex-con (Richardson, who had actually just been released from prison in real-life), all finally intermix with the characters’ own sagas.
EMERALD CITIES features Ed Nylund as an alcoholic, part-time Santa who runs a cafe in Death Valley with his actress daughter (Carolyn Zaremba). When the daughter runs off to San Francisco with a punk (Ted Falconi of FLIPPER), Ed follows. He encounters a politician who wants the country to be one big National Park with himself as head ranger (Lowell Darling), an ex-con in a Martian mask (Dick Richardson), punk rock bands FLIPPER and THE MUTANTS, politicians and priests justifying limited nuclear war as manifested on TV, including street interviews (by Willie Boy Walker) about the death of Santa Claus. Although the more bizarre components make this film excellent late night fare, with its allusions to mass media and the health of the nation, it’s much more than just a freak show. Or is it?
-- Jo Comino, CITY LIMITS (LONDON)
The film is Rick Schmidt’s provocative, and compassionate 'howl' at the gathering tide of nuclear lunacy as the mass media adjusts us to the 'new dark ages' of limited nuclear war. Schmidt’s film style is blending the mad-cap humor of the Marx Brothers, a heady version of American surrealism, and iconoclastic inspiration, perhaps from Jean Luc Godard.
-- Vic Skolnick, CINEMA ARTS CENTRE
As film makers go, Rick Schmidt is right out there on the edge. Average Midwestern movie fans, if confronted by one of Mr. Schmidt’s cinematic visions of lunacy, would no doubt be prompted to ask questions such as, 'What’s it mean?' Such questions are pointless. The best thing to do is sit back and let Mr. Schmidt’s films do what they will. The director likes to slap his audiences around, amuse them, confuse them, toy with them, and leave them with indelible images. Mr. Schmidt’s 1983 film, EMERALD CITIES, mixes images of nuclear destruction, the death of Santa Claus, desert isolation, real and fictional politicians (who all seem equally deranged in the film’s context) and punk rock despair in a strange pop-cultural odyssey. It’s all held together by a satirical narrative that savages most of the conventions of American life.
--Robert C. Trussel, KANSAS CITY STAR
An alcoholic, part-time Santa Claus who runs a small Death Valley café chases his daughter to California she runs off with a rebellious punk rocker in this semi-surreal, anything goes road film featuring performances by legendary punk acts Flipper and The Mutants. Ed Nyland and his daughter (Carolyn Zaremba) eke out a meager existence in the desert thanks to Ed's out of the way café and some part time work as a department store Santa. Now Ed's daughter has set her sights on San Francisco, but daddy's little girl is going to have to run fast and far if she truly hopes to escape. As Ed sets out in hot pursuit of his runaway princess and her punk rock Romeo, he encounters a series of eccentric characters including a power-mad politician (Lowell Darling) determined to turn the Unites States into one enormous National Park, an ex-convict donning a space alien mask (Dick Richardson), and various politicians and priests who are passionately pushing for a limited nuclear war. Along the way, punk rock legends Flipper and The Mutants perform, and Willie Boy Walker hits the sidewalks to conduct some man-on-the-street interviews. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Ted Falconi (guitarist for Flipper) in a convertible with Santa Claus eating psychedelic mushrooms and baloney sandwiches?! Rick Schmidt’s film Emerald Cities is a lost classic that combines fiction and documentary to produce the ultimate absurdist mix of Bay A1rea best-ofs. Includes many performances by the Mutants and Flipper, enjoy the (bad) trip!
Format : AVI
File size : 1.06 GiB
Duration : 1h 30mn
Video Format : MPEG-4 Visual
Codec ID/Hint : XviD
Width : 640 pixels
Height : 480 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 4:3
Frame rate : 23.976 fps
Writing library : XviD 1.2.1 (UTC 2008-12-04)
Audio Format : MPEG Audio
Codec ID/Hint : MP3
Bit rate : 128 Kbps
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
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