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Poison

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Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival

The second feature directed by Haynes—the Oscar-nominated filmmaker of Far from HeavenI’m Not There and the upcoming HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce—this groundbreaking American Indie was the most fervently debated film of the 1990s and a trailblazing landmark of queer cinema. A work of immense visual invention, Haynes’ spectacular follow-up to his legendary Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story is audacious, disturbing and thrillingly cinematic.

Inspired by the writings of Jean Genet, Poison deftly interweaves trio of transgressive tales-“Hero,” “Horror” and “Homo”-that build toward a devastating climax. “Hero,” shot in mock TV-documentary style, tells a bizarre story of suburban patricide and a miraculous flight from justice; “Horror,” filmed like a delirious ’50s B-movie melodrama, is a gothic tale of a mad sex experiment which unleashes a disfiguring plague; while “Homo” explores the obsessive sexual relationship between two prison inmates.

A runaway hit which made national headlines when it was attacked by right-wing figures including Dick Armey, Ralph Reed and minister Donald Wildmon, Poison is unsettling, unforgettable and thoroughly entertaining.

 

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  • introduction by director Todd Haynes
  • Sundance Q&A with Todd Haynes, producer Christine Vachon and executive producer James Schamus, for the 20th Anniversary of the film’s Grand Jury Prize
  • Archival 1999 audio commentary by Haynes, Vachon, and star/editor James Lyons
  • Booklet essay by Dennis Lim, Director of Programming at Film at Lincoln Center
  • Last Address, a short film by Ira Sachs (2010)
  • Original 1991 U.S. theatrical trailer
  • Optional English Subtitles
Year: 1991
Running Time: 85
Color Type: Color and Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1:78:1
Language: English
Actors:

Edith Meeks
Millie White
Buck Smith
Anne Giotta
Rob LaBelle
Susan Norman

Directed by Todd Haynes

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