The Grime and the Glamour: Tally Brown, New York (15*)
4 October 2017
“This is my city… Its soul comes from the fact of its difficulty.” So proclaims the eponymous Tally Brown – a bohemian cabaret artiste associated with New York’s underground art scene and Warhol’s Factory – in this remarkable double portrait of a performer and her home town.
A Julliard-trained blues singer and gifted raconteur, Brown is shown in performance – covering Kurt Weill, Johnny Mercer, the Rolling Stones and David Bowie – and in lively conversation with the director Rosa von Praunheim (off camera) and assorted friends, including John Waters favourite Divine (for whom Tally was often mistaken), and Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn.
Just as fascinating are the glimpses of various bygone gay Manhattan hang-outs – the Continental Baths, and West Village cabaret-revival club Reno Sweeney – and the gritty street life around Times Square.
US 1979 Dir Rosa von Praunheim 93 min 16mm presentation
16mm courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Please note: We are using a rare archival 16mm print for this screening; the conditions of the loan require extra care in the handling and projection of the film print. There is a five minute pause in between reels as we re-lace the projector.