Friday, March 10, 2017
Filmed in Belgium with actors from New York’s experimental Living Theater, Thomas White’s first (and only) feature fell into obscurity after its 1966 Cannes Film Festival debut. A group of insane asylum inmates flee a broken-down bus and occupy a nearby farmhouse. As they form a collective threaded by bizarre exercises and slapstick setups, the film spirals out into a freewheeling comedy of disorder, told with unusual verve and intensity, and featuring a dissonant, if deranged, soundtrack by free jazz innovator Ornette Coleman and his trio. Presented in a new digital restoration, Who’s Crazy? is at once a hidden avant-garde gem and a vibrant, immediate work. A Kino Lorber release.