DOOZY

by Richard SQUIRES
2018 / HD & Super 16mm / color / sound / 1S / 70' 00




Experimental documentary DOOZY explores the voice casting of American actor Paul Lynde as a series of Hanna Barbera villains in the late 1960s. Animated antihero 'Clovis' re-enacts alleged stories from the actor's life whilst experts take part in a curious gameshow and residents from Lynde’s hometown affectionately remember the star. DOOZY contemplates cartoon villainy and hysterical masculinity; voice as a signifier of ‘otherness’ and the uneasy relationship between character and actor.

“Richard Squires’ DOOZY is not only interesting as a biographical portrait of voice actor Paul Lynde but because it complements an important chapter in queer film history"

Katrin Doerksen, Kino Zeit

“As much as DOOZY is downright educational in its presentation, it always strives to keep you slightly on the back foot; just a little bit off-kilter as you dig into the material… A surprising look at Lynde’s work as it intersected with his closeted homosexuality”

Kara Dennison, We Are Cult

"This offbeat documentary about irrepressible actor-comic Paul Lynde refuses to take the usual route through his life, opting for a wider academic exploration of fame and sexuality while indulging in some animated flights of fancy… the resulting movie is resolutely quirky."

Rich Kline, Shadows on the Wall

"Filtering the turbulent life of comedian and voice actor Paul Lynde through the zany tropes of his art, Richard Squires’ DOOZY is a work of deceptively kitschy surfaces. Like a muffled cry for help, the anguish of Squires’ emotionally repressed subject is warped and stifled by the schemas of pop culture, flattening the star into a literally two-dimensional caricature.”

David Pountain, Film Doo

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distribution format DCP on USB stick (SMPTE 2K)
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
original language English
rental fee 200,00 €

distribution format Digital file on USB stick (HD)
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
original language English
translation French (Embedded subtitles)
rental fee 200,00 €