Broken Meat

Director: Pola Rapaport
USA / 1991 / 50 min

Intro by Pola Rapaport

Last streamed on Tue, Aug 31

A trip along the seamy edges of New York City and a voyage through the consciousness of Alan Granville, Broken Meat captures the mad poet’s New York, stripped of its glittering surface: a strange, deserted place. A comic nihilist who trashes sensitive social issues, Granville himself has experienced homelessness, drug addiction, and mental illness. But his humorous style of describing them succeeds on emotional, intellectual, and philosophical levels, and the film’s atmospheric black-and-white photography by Emmy-winning cinematographer Wolfgang Held provides the beat feeling of the 1950s. Granville’s poetry finally leads us to the mysterious salt mountains, which evoke freedom and the power of imagination.