The 58th New York Film Festival wrapped up last weekend. As with other festivals this year, it was a very different version than has ever been presented. Most films were shown virtually with some having one or two showings at various DIY drive in’s around the city. Seeing most of the films online, while convenient, certainly made me long for the days when life gets back to “normal” and we can all congregate safely in theaters and enjoy the communal movie watching experience.
I did manage to catch one drive in showing. A wild double feature perfectly curated by John Waters the king of low budget sleaze in only the best way. It featured Climax -- the latest film. from the outrageous, often brilliant and often sending-critics-running-from-festival-screenings filmmaker Gaspar Noe ( fun fact he shot the infamous cover of Sky Ferreira’s Night Time My Time album) -- followed by Pier Paso Pasolini's insanely debauched 1975 classic Salo. The 74-year-old Waters braved the pandemic and came up from Baltimore to do the introduction which you can watch here: