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Liquid Sky (1982)

R | | Sci-Fi | 15 April 1983 (USA)
Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment inhabited by a drug dealer and her female, androgynous, bisexual ... See full summary »

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Margaret / Jimmy
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Susan Doukas ...
Sylvia
Otto von Wernherr ...
Johann
Bob Brady ...
Owen
Elaine C. Grove ...
Katherine
Stanley Knapp ...
Paul (as Stanley Knap)
Jack Adalist ...
Vincent
Lloyd Ziff ...
Lester
Harry Lum ...
Deliveryman
Roy MacArthur ...
Jack
Sara Carlisle ...
Nellie
Nina V. Kerova ...
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Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment inhabited by a drug dealer and her female, androgynous, bisexual nymphomaniac lover, a fashion model. The aliens soon find the human pheromones created in the brain during orgasm preferable to heroin, and the model's casual sex partners begin to disappear. This increasingly bizarre scenario is observed by a lonely woman in the building across the street, a German scientist who is following the aliens, and an equally androgynous, drug-addicted male model. (Both models are played by Anne Carlisle, in a dual role.) Darkly funny and thoroughly weird.

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Strange Aliens having bizarre orgasms!

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The film won a number of Jury Prizes at film festivals. These included the the Special Jury Prize at the Manila International Film Festival, the Special Jury Prize for Visual Impact at 1983 Cartagena Film Festival, the Special Prize of the Jury at the 1982 Montréal World Film Festival and the Special Prize of the Jury at 1983 Brussels International Film Festival. See more »

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Owen: All your costumes are just participation in some kind of phoney theater. I'm only telling you this for your own good. It's a freak show.
Margaret: Oh, are you trying to say that your blue jeans weren't theater?
Owen: It's not the same thing.
Margaret: So your professor wore a three-piece suit and blamed you for your jeans. And your jeans were "too much." And he didn't understand that his suit was also a costume. You thought your jeans stood for love, freedom and sexual equality; we at least know that we're in costume.
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Soundtracks

Me and My Rhythm Box
Music by Anatoli Gerasimov (as Anatole Gerasimov) & Helene Zvereva (as Helena Zvereva)
Lyrics by Slava Tsukerman
Performed by Paula E. Sheppard
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Another lost cult classic
4 May 2003 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

Like Eraserhead, this movie has been out of print for the past decade and a half, unless you're lucky enough to find an out of the way video store that carries an old Media Home Entertainment copy, which I just happened to tonight (I am of course excluding the painfully mainstream Blockbuster and Hollywood video stores). This is a low-budget film all dressed up in neon colors and alternative fashion about a new waver, punk rocker or whatever you want to call her that has a flying saucer land on the roof of her Manhattan penthouse (God, I'd love to have that place!)and extracts drugs and endorphins out of people's brains and killing them every time they have an orgasm or use drugs. This film is a brilliant satire of the underground in the early 1980's that was becoming commonplace in large cities, the begining of Generation X . With the exception of a German scientist and a droll woman he borrows the an apartment from, there is not a single likable character, each and every person is shallow, insensitive, and emotionally bankrupt; never does five minutes go by without a sneer or unsolicited sex. Anne Carlisle does great in an androgynous role; it's too bad she didn't get more roles. I looked for her carefully in Desperately Seeking Susan and she was pretty well-disguised as a brunette and sunglasses in a walk-on role. Anyway, if you're like me and put aside your suburban and conformist tendencies and watch it with an unprejudiced mind, it can be rewarding. My favorite cult film next to Eraserhead.


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