“LIQUID SKY” di S. Tsukerman

Questa sera al cinema del CPA Firenze Sud in via Villamagna, alle ore 22,30 verra’ proiettato il film "Liquid Sky" di Slava Tsukerman. Proiezione in PELLICOLA 35 MILLIMETRI!!! Il film negli anni ha aquisito uno status di opera d’arte e per quanto ne so e’ molto difficile vederlo in pellicola 35mm. Consigliato a tutti gli appassionati di science fiction fuori dagli schemi classici, di musica elettronica sperimentale e di costumi e moda futuribile in generale. Portate anche i vostri amici.

Qui sotto potete vedere il trailer del film e alcuni estratti. 

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Liquid Sky

The film poster.
Directed by Slava Tsukerman
Produced by Slava Tsukerman
Written by Anne Carlisle
Nina V. Kerova
Slava Tsukerman
Starring Anne Carlisle
Paula E. Sheppard
Music by Brenda I. Hutchinson
Slava Tsukerman
Cinematography Yuri Neyman
Editing by Sharyn L. Ross
Distributed by Cinevista
Media Home Entertainment
Release date(s) Flag of the United States April 15, 1983
Running time 112 min.
Country US
Language English
Budget US$500,000
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Liquid Sky is a 1982 science fiction film produced and directed by Slava Tsukerman that has become a cult classic on the midnight movie circuit. The screenplay, which features an absurd storyline, was written by Slava, his wife Nina Kerova, and Anne Carlisle, and the director of photography, Yuri Neyman was a special-effects expert from the Soviet Union. Anne Carlisle also wrote a novel based on the movie (same title, ISBN 0-385-23930-0) in 1987.

The film had a $500,000 budget, which meant that Tsukerman and his wife had to use a renovated Greenwich Village loft as the sound stage. The music for the film was composed by Brenda Hutchinson and Clive Smith using the Fairlight CMI, the first digital sampler/synthesiser. Much of it was original, while some songs were interpretations of music by Carl Orff and Baroque composer Marin Marais.
The film is out of print and only a limited number of VHS tape
re-issues and DVDs were produced. The film, however, does run
occasionally on the Sundance Channel




The story follows the early 1980s New York dance/art scene in which space aliens land to feed off of endorphins
released during sex or heroin use. Their hat box-sized spaceship lands
on the roof of a loft occupied by two junkies: fashion model Margaret (Anne Carlisle) and her girlfriend Adrian (Paula E. Sheppard). Another junkie, Jimmy (also played by Anne Carlisle) is her rival and enemy. The animosity between the two is vague, but potent.

Jimmy’s upper-class, oversexed mother befriends a German scientist
who is secretly observing the aliens. He also serves to explain the
aliens’ premise to the audience.

Margaret has sexual encounters (some wanted, some not), resulting in
the deaths of her partners. Getting rid of the bodies becomes a problem
until the aliens answer her call to vaporize them automatically when they die.

Paula Sheppard (as Adrian) acts in a memorable performance art piece entitled Me and My Rhythm Box.

The film is full of memorable, colorful, and disturbing images,
including middle class slumming, glow-in-the-dark makeup, funky uptown
lofts, and generally druggy behavior. Several shots make the Empire State building look uncannily like a syringe.

The novel follows the action and dialogue of the movie very closely,
but offers a completely different interpretation. In the novel, both
the alien and the German scientist are figments of Margaret’s
imagination, and the ending is tragic rather than romantic.



Liquid Sky was one of the last true independent films to become a midnight movie
hit during the movement’s most influential years. As critic Emanuel
Levy describes, like many midnight classics, this "perversely beautiful
sci-fi movie…appeared out of nowhere."[1]




  1. ^ Levy (1999), p. 185.
  • An experimental audio/visual project consisting of Ben Silver
    (Orchard Lounge), Clay Parnell (Brother’s Past) and Clay Dempsey
    founded in 2007.


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