Proletarian Trash Cinema of Newark: Bride of Frank (1996)

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Look past its abrasive surface—maybe not easy for everyone, since it’s filled with gruesome violence, graphic sexuality, child-killing (and subsequent cannibalism), castration, onscreen defecation, snot-play, flatulence, and the use of a toothbrush to clean soiled underwear, among other atrocities—and Bride of Frank is a remarkable document of working-class expression. Shot deep in the industrial bowels of the Ironbound, it’s a direct manifestation of workplace boredom at a trucking warehouse, made on a zero budget and sometimes on the clock, making it something of a piece of resistance to the capitalist domination of our bodies and time, albeit probably not in the exact form Marcuse was hoping for back in the day when transformative politics actually seemed possible.

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