THE GUN IS LOADED – Lydia Lunch’s Long Lost Film

by Red Cell via Joe Tripician

Since we seem to be on a No Wave film kick recently, here is rare Lydia Lunch film to continue the trend sent to us from the filmmaker Joe Tripician.

You can watch the entire film here.
Unfortunately, it is a $3.99 rental to do so, but a rare chance to see this long out of print and very cool flick.

From the filmmaker, Joe Tripician:
In “The Gun Is Loaded” Lydia Lunch delivers a brutally frank manifesto in a journey through the heart of contemporary American darkness. Her poetic nihilism is set against a barrage of real-life street-action, scenery, news footage, and the deranged music of J. G. Thirlwell.

Here is what Joe said in some correspondence with the ultra-fringe-connected Richard Metger:
This was partially shot at the Performance Garage, but without an audience. Lydia asked me and my former partner Merrill Aldighieri to record her show, but we wanted to expand the production from its theatrical base and exhibit her in an outside environment. So, this video is also a document of the ‘80s NYC street life—from the 14th Street Meat market to Wall Street. We called it a “video super-realization” of her spoken word performance.
In the video she fires her venom directly into the camera lens, and in an intimate voice-over. J. G. Thirlwell supplied the original music score – a one-of-a-kind aural onslaught.
It was released on VHS in the late 80s, but has never aired on TV. The one response we received was from PBS, who called the video in their rejection letter “exceptionally unacceptable.”

And finally, here is what Joe says online about the film:
THE GUN IS LOADED is a 37-minute performance video featuring former punk rocker, political satirist and sexual provocateur Lydia Lunch. This video trails Lydia in 1988 through a series of staged sets and location shots in New York City as she fires her spoken word manifesto directly into the eye of the camera, and in haunting voice-over. Underscoring Lydia’s onslaught is cinema verité footage of bottom-rung Americana: race car crowds, dead-end streets and meat packing plants effectively illustrate her ruthless examination of “the American dream machine turned mean.” J.G. Thirlwell’s ominous score magnifies this brutal desolation. Identifying herself as “the average, all-American girl-next-store gone bad,” Lydia vivisects her own sustained damage as a product of this emotionally ravaging environment.

NSFW: The video contains a stream of endless profanity, but no nudity or sex acts (unlike much of her more notorious works).
Stereo. Color. Run Time: 37:00

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