Hats Off to Hollywood
(Penelope Spheeris, 1972, 22 min)
Picking up the story first presented in I Don’t Know, Hats Off to Hollywood brazenly and brilliantly mixes documentary reality with fully staged recreations/reimaginings of episodes in the lives of Jimmy/Jennifer and Dana, a loving, bickering couple who challenge the notion of homonormativity. Drugs, poverty, disease, bigotry, and prostitution all figure into this disarmingly candid and often hilarious film, a remarkable work that is the apotheosis of Spheeris’s early work, and a luminous signpost leading directly to The Decline of Western Civilization.
Filmmaker in Attendance, 16mm