Casual Relations (1973) - Mark Rappaport

Country: USA
Language: English

"What do vampires, Hollywood melodramas, porn films, the countdown of golden oldies, and drives down the highway with Mick Jagger on the radio have in common? Casual Relations knows. In Rappaport's dazzling and bizarre feature-length debut, he focuses on states of imaginative possession and dispossession, demonstrating how impossible it is to separate fantasies, dreams, and realities. The point is that we are all vampires–or being vampirized. We are all obsessed–or the object of someone else's obsession. We are all under somebody's thumb–to quote the Jagger lyric Rappaport uses–if we're not thumb-wrestling ourselves and pinning ourselves down. The short film within a film, A Vampire's Love, is one of the most brilliant (and hilarious) brief sequences in all of Rappaport's work." -- Ray Carney, indievision

"Rappaport's film is a series of vignettes that show our 'casual relations' in various senses of the word. Most insightfully and most directly, the most memorable scene in the film, in which a male and female ex awkwardly talk as they drive to a hotel to 'reacquaint,' with the Stones' 'Under My Thumb' playing all the while, shows how casually we consider our relations to others and how casually we consider the relationship between pop culture and everyday life. There are some other great scenes: a man tries to pick up another man at a disaster film documentary screening; a woman poses for a nude photographer as the photographer castigates his wife and child; a woman makes a stag film, and we are uncomfortably shown a great deal of the film; a woman shoots a man, and the scene is replayed several times, with different narration (from the woman or the man) each time; a man begs God to help him through a bad drug trip; a woman watches countless old films on her T.V. There's an awful film-within-a-film about vampires too. The film is very different from the documentaries that Rappaport is known for. It's worth tracking down." -- JoeLon, IMDb

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