Academic journal article Millennium Film Journal

In Memoriam: George Kuchar (1942-2011)

Academic journal article Millennium Film Journal

In Memoriam: George Kuchar (1942-2011)

Article excerpt

"Hello Marie, it is George!" " George Kuchar!" George was at my door, knocking. I could already hear him laughing with the same duck voice as Mike, that unique Kuchar voice!

He walked through the door with his video camera pointing at my face and talking aloud to his camera: "This is Marie, Mike's friend, she made Bird Bath and Beyond with my brother, and she's really small ah ah ah!! And she is going to make a film with me too, ah ah ah! I am excited!!"

I was already having a beautiful time, forgetting the ravioli on the stove.... which soon smelled burnt.. .."Marie isn't something burning.. ..it smells..." I burnt our lunch, completely carbonized, but it was one more thing for George to film and laugh. This was the beginning of a beautiful friendship filled with candy sweet laughters, Chinese food, and endless inspiration.

That was my first meeting with George. We spent the day eating, laughing and recording stories for my new film portrait of him, Electrocute Your Stars1. I knew Mike closely already. Mike is very shy, romantic and hilarious. Now here was George, the twin image of Mike, yet extraverted, not shy for a second, a real actor in the inventively classic old Hollywood style. He was filled to the brim with wit and mixed that with his unique and lively childlike take on life.

A week later George arrived to the studio where I had set up the scenes and sets for him to perform for my film. …

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