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KISS NAPOLEON GOODBYED: Babeth Mondini-Van Loo 1990
From Cult Epics comes this thirty minute short film starring Don Bajema, Lydia Lunch and Henry Rollins with music by JG Thirwell!! Hell this already has cult film written all over it despite the fact that as actors Rollins and Lunch make great musicians.
The story has young couple Hedda (Lunch) and Neal (Bajema) spending time in a castle in the Netherlands that was once owned by Napoleon. Itseems they’re having a few problems (though they don’t quite tell you what they
are) and the arrival of Hedda’s old flame Jackson (Rollins) doesn’t help matters. Neal goes into an immediate paranoid frenzy helped by Hedda and Jackson spending a lot of time in each other’s arms, while all around we get strange occurrences, like a kitchen full of bunnies, a woman in a lift, a horse drawn carriage, Napoleon makes an appearance… doors close, tables shake, a dog dies … oh and Lydia and Henry get their gear off for those who want to see them naked. Visually this little flick looks a lot like a late 80s video clip – the empty tables, the windows, doors closing, castles… I kept expecting Adam Ant to pop up!
Lots of set shots, Lydia looking luscious, Bajema looking manic, Thirwell’s moody music, Henry looking… well, like Henry. (Even lifts weights!) but I was surprised at how static and slow the film was considering the manic energy the main performers usually show on stage. What does it matter? Fans will want it none the less even if it is slow and painful at times to watch. (especially Henry’s butt)
The bonus that makes it all worthwhile is the 50 odd minutes of Lydia with interviews, live performance and spoken word ranting.
Damn straight, she’s a terrible actress but a mighty fine performer.