UP FROM THE DEPTHS: Some Call It Loving

Those who “like to keep their fairy tales innocent, their pornography sordid, their allegories obvious and their dreams intact are bound to be disconcerted” (Jonathan Rosenbaum) by this bizarre fever dream, wrought with magical realism and strange fantasy. A disillusioned musician (Zalmon King) buys a “Sleeping Beauty” (Tisa Farrow), from a sleazy carny, awakening the young girl at his secluded castle. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Harris came up with the initial idea for this “obstinately and superbly unclassifiable” (Rosenbaum) adaptation of John Collier’s short story, “Sleeping Beauty,” while working on Lolita with Stanley Kubrick. With sumptuous visuals by cinematographer Mario Tosi (Carrie, The Stunt Man), a haunting score by Richard Hazzard (Xanadu, Terms of Endearment), plus Richard Pryor as a drunken saxophonist, you’ll fall right into this outré fantasy.

Dir. James B. Harris, 1973, DCP,  103 min.