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Cocksucker Blues (VOA)
Main screening room
July 10th - 23rd, 2021
93 min

Our summer cycle will be festive or not. Sound and image, song and dance, instrument and breathing, strings and gestures: so many possible combinations to express what cinema and music can achieve and express together. Musicals, concert films, catchy music. Jazz, classical, contemporary, disco, punk... Revolt and enchantment, distress and emphasis, joy and rhythm, melancholy and bass, laughter and stridency: diverse expressions characterizing cinema and music's historical alliance, will definitely make us fly, dream, dance!

From the 30's to the present day and across all possible genres, this cycle aims to open our minds at a time when we most need it. The first week of July will be an eventful one, as the cycle will open with several evenings in cabaret mode, where we will present for the first time concert films produced in Quebec during the confinement, with the participation of major artists of the current music scene: Klô Pelgag, Marie Davidson and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Cocksucker Blues
Directed by
Robert Frank
English version
Truman Capote, Marshall Chess, Mick Jagger, Dick Cavett, Keith Richards
93 min
Documentary, music

Made after the release of the Rolling Stones album Exile on Main Street, whose cover Frank helped design. The band kept Cocksucker Blues out of circulation for decades: until recently, it could only be shown with the director present, a few times a year. The ostensible reason for the near-ban was the film’s orgy scenes (including one on a plane) and depiction of backstage drug use. But maybe the real problem was that the film shone a bright, unsentimental light on an ultra-popular band at the peak of its success, hanging around hotels and airports between concerts

Cocksucker Blues

Robert Frank

Robert Frank began studying photography in 1941 and spent the next six years working for commercial photography and graphic design studios in Zurich, Geneva, and Basel. After its publication in America in 1959, he devoted an increasing amount of time to making films, including Pull My Daisy and Cocksucker Blues, both of which exemplify avant-garde filmmaking of the era. Since 1970, Frank has divided his time between Nova Scotia and New York; he continues to produce still photographs in addition to films. (ICP)

Image : IPHF


"The more distressing new quality in Frank's pictures was their equivocating indirection, their reluctance to state clearly and simply either their subject or their moral"
John Szarkowski
Museum of Modern Art's photography collection, 1989

Image : Exclaim

Image : Rolling Stone

In 1972, the Rolling Stones recruited photographer Robert Frank to shoot a fly-on-the-wall film of their up-and-coming U.S. tour after the release of “Exile on Main Street”...

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