Alla sala cinema del CPA Fi-sud: VORTEX (1982), di Scott & Beth B.
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15 ottobre 2007:
Vortex ; di Scott and Beth B, con Lydia Lunch ( 1983, 90′ (proiezione in pellicola 16 mm)

dal New York Times del 1 Ottobre 1982  


Published: October 1, 1982

”VORTEX,” which will be shown at the New
York Film Festival today at 6:15 and Sunday at 7, appears to be the
chef d’oeuvre of the film-making couple who call themselves Scott B and
Beth B and their production company B Movies. It should also be good
news for people who are amused by the pop sensibility that interprets a
rudely bland kind of cinema tackiness as a statement not just on movies
but also on the human condition.

”Vortex” is the first
16-millimeter ”superproduction” by the B’s, all of whose earlier
underground films have been in Super-8. I suspect it really isn’t as
funny as the same sort of films turned out by George and Mike Kuchar
(”The Devil’s Cleavage”) in the early and mid-70’s. If I seem to
hedge, it’s because these spoofs are usually far more knowing than
funny. One tends to confuse the intelligence that goes into them with

”Vortex” is still another private-eye spoof, but one
that has the good fortune to have as its star an actress named Lydia
Lunch. Miss Lunch is a small, dark-haired young woman who, in the film,
seems to be perpetually miffed that she isn’t taller. She plays Angela
Power, a detective called into solve the mysterious death of a crooked
Congressman, and she immediately becomes embroiled up to her ankles,
which aren’t too far off the floor anyway, in a tale of multinational
corporate espionage.

The other characters include a Mr. Big
(Bill Rice), an invalid in a hospital dressing gown; Mr. Big’s
chauffeur (James Russo), who swears a lot and runs the multinational
corporation for Mr. Big, plus assorted business creeps, junkies,
hangers-on and a midget bartender who doubles as a hit man.

like this are virtually impossible to criticize because they glory in
carefully simulated amateurism. ”Vortex” has long patches of utterly
incomprehensible exposition, dopey plot turns and solemn explanations.
Though a small, comparatively short – 90 minutes – movie, it packs an
amazing amount of waste space around each exchange of dialogue. That,
too, is part of the style.

It’s clear, however, that the B’s
are very good technicians. Working on what must have been a minuscule
budget, they do some very effective things with the sets, the lighting
and the camera.

Corporate Espionage

direction, screenplay and editing by Scott B and Beth B; photography by
Fierberg; music by Adele Bertei, Richard Edson, Lydia Lunch and
the Bs; production company, B Movies. At Alice Tully Hall, part of the
20th New York Film Festival. Running time: 90 minutes. This film is not

Anthony Demmer . . . . . James Russo
Angel Powers . . . . . Lydia Lunch
Frederick Fields . . . . . Bill Rice
Pamela Fleming . . . . . Ann Magnusen
Peter . . . . . Brent Collins
John Allen . . . . . Bill Corsair
Ron Gavers . . . . . Tom Webber
Harry . . . . . Haoui Montaug
Therapist . . . . . Richard France
Tarman . . . . . Chris Strang
Vito . . . . . Richard Prince
Congressman White . . . . . David Kennedy
Doctors . . . . . Gideon Horowitz and Christof Kohlhofer
Patient-Teletypist . . . . . Dani Johnson
Patients . . . . . Bill Landis and Andy Whyland
Bodyguard . . . . . Kai Eric
Carlo-Cop . . . . . Scott B



Lydia Lunch 

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(Lydia Lunch)
Lydia Lunch
Lydia Lunch in concerto
Lydia Lunch in concerto
Nazionalità U.S.A.
Genere Rock alternativo / New Wave
Periodo attività 1978 – in attività

Album pubblicati 10 (solisti)
Studio 4 + 3
Live 1
Raccolte 2
Sito ufficiale
Si invita a seguire lo schema del Progetto Musica

Lydia Lunch, nata Lydia Koch (Rochester, 2 giugno 1959), è una cantante, poetessa e autrice statunitense.




Dopo essere arrivata a New York City all’età di 16 anni, Lunch si stabilì in una casa comunale in cui si ritrovavano artisti e musicisti, tra cui Kitty Bruce (figlia di Lenny Bruce). Dopo essere divenuta amica dei Suicide, entrò a far parte di un’altra band New Wave, i Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, nel 1976. Con lei entrò anche il suo partner artistico, James Chance. In seguito Lunch apparve in un album di Chance: Off White (accreditato a James White and the Blacks; Lunch usò lo pseudonimo "Stella Rico") del 1978.

Apparve poi in due film diretti dai registi (marito e moglie) Scott B e Beth B; nel cortometraggio Black Box (1978) recitò la parte di una torturatrice, mentre nel Vortex (1983) indossò i panni di una investigatrice privata di nome "Angel Powers". In quel periodo apparve anche in alcuni film di Vivienne Dick, inclusi She Had her Gun All Ready (1978) e Beauty Becomes The Beast (1979).

Nella sua carriera solista di musicista Lunch collaborò con altre grandi personalità del rock alternativo, come J. G. Thirlwell, Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Nick Cave, Billy Ver Plank, Steven Severin, Robert Quine, Sadie Mae, Rowland S. Howard, Michael Gira, Einstürzende Neubauten, Sonic Youth, Die Haut e Black Sun Productions. Inoltre recitò, scrisse e diressi diversi film underground, a volte collaborando con il regista e musicista Richard Kern. Più recentemente ha pubblicato dei dischi parlati, collaborando con altri musicisti underground, come Exene Cervenka, Henry Rollins, Don Bajema, Hubert Selby Jr. e Emilio Cubeiro.

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(Lydia Lunch)





Dischi Parlati 

  • Better An Old Demon Than A New God, Giorno Poetry Systems comp. f/ William S. Burroughs, Psychic TV, Richard Hell e altri (1984)
  • The Uncensored, solista (1984)
  • Hard Rock, solista (musicassetta con Michael Gira / Ecstatic Peace, 1984)
  • Oral Fixation, solista (12", 1988)
  • Our Fathers who Aren’t in Heaven, con Henry Rollins, Hubert Selby Jr. e Don Bajema (1990)
  • Conspiracy of Women, solista (1990)
  • South of Your Border, con Emilio Cubeiro (1991)
  • POW, solista (1992)
  • Crimes Against Nature, solista raccolta degli altri dischi parlati (Tripple X/Atavistic, 1994)
  • Rude Hieroglyphics, con Exene Cervenka (Rykodisc, 1995)
  • Universal Infiltrators, (Atavistic, 1996)
  • The Devil’s Racetrack (2000)




  • She Had Her Gun All Ready, diretto da Vivienne Dick (1978)
  • Guerillere Talks, diretto da Vivienne Dick (1978)
  • Black Box, diretto da Scott e Beth B (1979)
  • Beauty Becomes the Beast, diretto da Vivienne Dick (1979)
  • The Offenders (1979-1980)
  • Liberty’s Booty (1980)
  • Subway Riders, diretto da Amos Poe (1981)
  • The Wild World of Lydia Lunch, diretto da Nick Zedd (1983)
  • Like Dawn to Dust, diretto da Vivienne Dick (1983)
  • Vortex, diretto da Scott and Beth B (1983)
  • Submit to Me, diretto da Richard Kern (1985)
  • The Right Side of My Brain, diretto da Richard Kern (1985)
  • Fingered, diretto da Richard Kern (1986)
  • Submit to Me Now, diretto da Richard Kern (1987)
  • Mondo New York (1987)
  • Penn & Teller’s Invisible Thread (1987)
  • Penn & Teller’s BBQ Death Squad (198?)
  • Penn & Teller’s Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends (1990)
  • Thanatopsis, diretto da Beth B (1991)
  • Visiting Desire (1996)
  • Power of the Word (1996)
  • The Heart is Deceitful Above all Things (2004)
  • Kill Your Idols (2004)
  • Psychomentsrum (non rilasciato)


  • The Right Side of My Brain (1985)
  • Fingered (1986)



  • The Offenders (1980)
  • Vortex (1983) (con John Lurie, Adele Bertei, Pat Place, Beth B e Scott B)
  • The Right Side of My Brain (1985)
  • Goodbye 42nd Street (1986)
  • Fingered (1986)
  • I Pass for Human (2004)



  • Rome 78 (1978)
  • The Wild World of Lydia Lunch (1983)
  • Penn & Teller’s Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends (1987)
  • Put More Blood into the Music (1987)
  • The Gun is Loaded (1988-1989)
  • The Road to God Knows Where (1990)
  • Malicious Intent (1990)
  • The Thunder (1992)
  • Totem of the Depraved (1996)
  • Paradoxia (1998)
  • Kiss My Grits: The Herstory of Women in Punk and Hard Rock (2001)
  • DIY or Die: How to Survive as an Independent Artist (2002)
  • Kill Your Idols (2004)



  • American Fame Part 1: Drowning River Phoenix (2004) Cam Archer
  • American Fame Part 2 (2004) Cam Archer

Wild Tigers I Have Known Cam Archer )2005)



  • Adulterers Anonymous (1982 con Exene Cervenka)
  • Incriminating Evidence (1992)
  • Paradoxia; a Predator’s Diary (1997)




Collegamenti esterni 


New York No Wave Archive – 

Lydia Lunch Website – 

No Wave (Wikipedia) –

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