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Dottie Gets Spanked + Always on Sunday + Tricia's

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Director: Todd Haynes
1993 / 73min / DCP

Haynes’s semi-autobiographical, surrealistic, period-set short examines the awakening of identity in a “six-and-three-quarter-year-old” suburban boy named Stevie—as well as his curious preoccupation with a ’50s-style, I Love Lucy-inspired TV comedy. With Always on Sunday, a sample of the subversive films produced by Los Angeles group the Gay Girls Riding Club, a gender-bending drag comedy sketch inspired by Jules Dassin’s international hit Never on Sunday (1960); and Tricia’s Wedding, in which avant-garde theater troupe the Cockettes—including Tomata du Plenty, later of The Screamers—perform a burlesqued rendition of the marriage of First Daughter Patricia Nixon and scion Edward Cox.

Always on Sunday Preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive Restoration commissioned by Frameline and the OutFest UCLA Legacy Project and facilitated by the UCLA Film & Television Archive for the 50th anniversary of this queer cinema landmark. Dottie Gets Spanked preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by the Sundance Institute.

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