Liquid Sky

USA 1982. Dir Slava Tsukerman.

The cult feature film Liquid Sky (1982) falls into the science fiction genre, so it is immediately labelled as make-believe. However, what director Slava Tsukerman has cleverly done here, is lend plausibility to his fictitious characters by basing their stylish futuristic outfits on a genuine fashion - labelled "New Wave" - that was prevalent in the New York underground scene at the time of making the film. He goes further with the film's storyline, by featuring a crowd of genuine Lower East Side fashionistas and exhibitionists in a nightclub and spectacular fashion show, whilst also capturing the elitist mood, drug preferences, and sexual activities of that same hedonist scene.

Museum of the Moving Image, New York Saturday 17 Mar 2007, 6:30 p.m.