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 €