Liquid Sky
LIQUID SKY. 1982

Director: Slava Tsukerman

Reviewed by Paghat the Ratgirl



Liquid Sky though now a bit dated due to excessive hipness specific to its decade is still a wonderfully eccentric sinister decadent comedy.

Despite its Warholian garishness & extreme fantasy, fashion-wise it can be viewed almost as a documentary record of the punk New Wave in its last moments of actually being alternative/underground instead of just another element of the commercial music scene, & then a passe fad. But it is no self-important paeon to New Wave since the film makes spritely fun of its own hipness. The parody of Lori Anderson is alone enough to make the film a treasure.

A miniature flying saucer lands on the rooftop of a New York City bohemian/gay apartment house. The aliens scope out the vicinity trying to find heroin. An ultra-hedonistic bisexual model in the building captures the attention of the aliens during her mating practices, as the aliens discover human sexual pheromones are more intoxicating than heroin & begin preying upon the model's varied sexual partners at their moments of climax.

The oversexed female model Margaret & an androgynous, angry, drug-addicted young man Jimmy are both played by Anne Carlisle whose performance made Liquid Sky a true underground classic for the early 80s. Carlisle bumbled around in trivial roles during the rest of the 1980s but eventually dropped out for want of further projects worthy of her talents, so that Liquid Sky remains the primary showcase for her peculiar genius.

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