The Important Thing Is To Love + David Lynch's "Crazy Clown Time" (world premiere!)

Co-presented by the Polish Cultural Institute New York, BAMcinématek & Cinespia

Our screening kicks off with the WORLD PREMIERE of David Lynch’s new music video Crazy Clown Time! Impossibly funneling all of Zulawski’s violent, expansive energy into the delicate, cramped indoor spaces of the heart and well-furnished Parisian apartments, The Important Thing Is To Love charts a precarious, slow-burning love triangle between an actress-turned-porn starlet (Romy Schneider, in a career-defining performance), her jester-like husband (pop star Jacques Dutronc), and an admiring photographer (Fabio Testi) that explores the tension between passion and duty, as well as art and trash. Here, Zulawski is at his most rigorously restrained, mirroring the unconsummated smoldering between the luminous Schneider and moody Testi, a relationship unfazed through a sensualist hailstorm of grandiose orgies, pet bats, morose clowns, loan sharks, and geriatric drug addicts. As if that’s not enough, Klaus Kinski himself plays an overly intense thespian with a hair-trigger anger problem, thanks to one of history’s most awesomely self-aware casting choices. A tremendous Euro arthouse smash upon its release in the mid-’70s, The Important Thing Is To Love is not only essential Zulawski viewing, but essential viewing period.
Dir. Andrzej Zulawski, 1975, HD presentation, 109 min.

Director-approved English subtitle translation provided courtesy of Mondo Vision.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “The Important Thing Is To Love”!