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UNDERWORLD CINEMA: THE LIFE AND WORK OF J. X. WILLIAMS
Midwest Premiere ­ Archivist Noel Lawrence IN PERSON!

“This year’s program at the Rotterdam Film Festival presented two major cinematic rediscoveries‹ the original version of John Cassavettes’ Shadows and a lesser known but equally significant film by an obscure director who worked under the pseudonym J.X. Williams.” ­ NY Underground Film Festival

Peep Show and other Williams films were recently rediscovered by film archivist Noel Lawrence, who describes the film: “Produced in Copenhagen in 1965, Peep Show chronicles a secret history of the Kennedy administration, revealing a Mafia plot to addict Frank Sinatra to heroin. The film tackled a multitude of subjects that did not come into vogue until the 70s, offering an unrelentingly grim and realistic portrait of organized crime. Released less than two years after the assassination of JFK, Peep Show was also the first film to explore the dark side of Camelot.”

Film scholar, curator and archivist Noel Lawrence will present an in-depth introduction to the life and work of J. X. Williams and screen Peep Show and three J.X. Williams’ short films from the early 1960s: “Psych-Burn,” “Satan Claus” and “The Virgin Sacrifice.”

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