Well – it’s possible!
Well – it’s possible!
Today is definitely Sinner day here at the TCE! First up is a submission from friend of the blog Matt Meisenhelter of Pittsburgh, PA. Says Matt, “While going through some long boxed up correspondence, I came across the attached poster. It dates from, I’m guessing, 1991 or 92 and promotes a showing of The World’s Greatest Sinner. A college friend who’d migrated to LA sent it to me with a description of sorts of the film and experience. He described a wizened Carey introducing the film in his gold lame suit and how he was seen afterward in the lobby, ready to meet and talk with the moviegoers.” This sounds very much like the screening of the film that Grover Lewis described in his article of and interview with Timothy in Film Comment. Matt also tells me the poster was originally a vibrant pink but had faded over the years. I have taken the liberty of restoring it to its original pinkness. Many thanks, Matt!
Anthology Film Archives Screens The World’s Greatest Sinner!!! New York City
32 East 2nd Street, New York NY 10003
Hosted By Walter Ocner
The screenings will be Sat, July 18 at 9:00pm and Thurs, July 23 at 7:00pm!
MONUMENTALLY RARE 35MM SCREENING! NEVER RELEASED ON VIDEO!
Hollywood maverick Timothy Carey was called plenty of things in his day: Genius…Rebel…Nut. Sometimes all three.
He was cast in major features by courageous directors like Stanley Kubrick and John Cassavetes, often playing a towering heavy or a leering criminal overlord. He brought a wildly unique fire to every role, and intensified it beyond comprehension for his own feature, which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in: THE WORLD’S GREATEST SINNER.
In it, Carey plays insurance salesman Clarence Hilliard, who one day decides to change his name to “God” and build a powerful religion, using sex and rock n’ roll as his recruiting tools. It’s a truly legendary masterwork of outsider filmmaking that profoundly shocked audiences wherever Carey screened it (often renting out the theater and even running the projector himself).
Half a century later, the largely unseen film has become one of cinema’s great curiosities, impossible to find and entirely deserving of its infamy. You’ve never experienced anything like it, and you never will again.
Grab the snake, sip the blood, and sacrifice yourself to the inhuman artistry of Timothy Carey’s visionary blue-collar epic. After all, you don’t want to anger God, do you?
Hey gang, I apologize for slacking on posts lately. I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather the past few days. However, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tell you about the upcoming 35mm screening of The World’s Greatest Sinner at the famous Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas!
Save the date – Tuesday, February 12 (next week!) at 7:00 pm! Get your tickets here!
“Grab the snake, sip the blood, and sacrifice yourself to the inhuman artistry of Timothy Carey’s visionary blue-collar epic. After all, you don’t want to anger God, do you?”
It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the United States. I for one have lots to be thankful for this year!
One of the things I’m thankful for is that my husband Byron and I got to go thrift shopping (one of our most favorite things to do) with Romeo Carey while he was here for the Portland Sinner screening! Here they are in the middle of the housewares section at the big Goodwill off Grand Avenue. Timothy was an enthusiastic thrift shopper as well!
Have a wonderful day and try not to go into a food coma this evening! Count your blessings and give thanks for the good things in your life.
We are only three days away from the epic screening of The World’s Greatest Sinner at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon! Also appearing on the bill will be Cinema Justice, the legendary 7-minute outtake from Steve De Jarnatt‘s unreleased short Tarzana (1978), and Romeo Carey‘s work-in-progress documentary, Making Sinner. Here’s a promotional video for Making Sinner that Romeo put together. It features excerpts from a wonderful interview with the late great Ray Dennis Steckler, who shot a great deal of the film (not quite as much as he seems to remember he did, though!).
Romeo and I will both be appearing at the screening, and you don’t want to miss that! I can’t wait to see you there!
Here’s a special bonus video for you! Romeo Carey has created this extremely cool promo video for the Sinner screening in Portland, Oregon on November 10 (get your tickets today!). The timing of the screening has turned out to be rather fortuitous, taking place just after the current tumultuous election season. It’s my understanding that Timothy had originally planned to have the film finished by Election Day, 1960. That didn’t happen, but we can certainly view the film in light of the political climate of today.
Tim’s political message is more relevant than ever. I do hope to see you at the screening!