I saw a work-in-progress version of What Is It? ten years ago and it is still ABSOLUTELY the most uncompromising and original thing I've seen. People try to compare it to the likes of surrealist hero Luis Bunuel and trailblazer Werner Herzog, but I say Glover has transcended even them. Though the film is sure to be slammed for its total lack of narrative, and definitely critiqued for its taboo imagery (um, Shirley Temple in a Nazi uniform? Cult author Adam Parfrey running around in blackface? A couple, both with Down's syndrome, wearing makeup and feverishly making out?), it's one of the most haunting and unforgettable films ever made. Glover attends each and every screening, and seriously, you've never seen a director Q&A like this. If the after-movie debate is anything like last time, you'll leave the theater completely IN AWE OF or completely DISGUSTED WITH this man named Crispin Hellion Glover. Probably both.
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