When I first posted the trailer for Gone with the Pope, the ten friends I beg to read this site and my hoarder aunt were rightfully excited, as this movie appears to have everything: A greezy lounge singer describing a black stripper’s pubes (”looks like brillo”), sexual assault of a morbidly obese prostitute, even clown rape. (Okay, maybe not clown rape, but the mix of feelings it evoked as I watched was akin to that of clown rape — exhilarating). Now, Grindhouse releasing and Landmark theaters are taking it on a nine-city North American tour, just like when my uncle roadied for Creed. From the press release:
A renowned nightclub entertainer, singer and movie actor known as “Mr. Palm Springs,” Duke Mitchell [pictured] directs and stars in GONE WITH THE POPE as an ex-con who hatches a plan to kidnap the Pope in exchange for the ransom of “a dollar from every Catholic in the world.” The movie has been described as “the holy grail for lovers of B-movies” and “a true gem from the American underground.”“Mr. Palm Springs.” Boy, that is a hell of a legacy. That is just a glitter-covered cold sore of a title, isn’t it? And in case you were wondering, Sage Stallone is Sly’s son. Full name: Sage Moonblood Stallone. According to Wikipedia, he was briefly married to Starlin Wright in 2007. I also hear he and Gwyneth Paltrow’s niece, Astronaut P. Clownmonkey, go to the same Kabballah Shaman.
GONE WITH THE POPE was shot in 1975 but remained unfinished at the time of Duke Mitchell’s death in 1981. The film reels sat in his son’s garage until Grindhouse Releasing owners Sage Stallone and Bob Murawski offered to take a shot at piecing the movie together. Murawski took charge of the restoration and spent 15 years giving Mitchell’s low-budget movie an A-list treatment in between editing Sam Raimi’s SPIDER MAN 1, 2 & 3, DRAG ME TO HELL, and THE HURT LOCKER.
Here are the dates:
April 3 – Grand Illusion Cinema, SeattleAnd here is the incredible, NSFW trailer:
April 23 & 25 – CPH PIX Festival, Copenhagen
May 6 – George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
May 10 – Doc Films, Chicago
May 21 & 22 - E Street Cinema, Washington, D.C.
June 4 & 5 – Sunshine Cinema, NYC
June 11 & 12 – Uptown Theatre, Minneapolis
June 18 & 19 Main Art Theatre, Detroit
June 25 & 26 River Oaks, Houston
July 2 & 3 Inwood Theatre, Dallas
If you don’t like it, you can go stick it up ya motha’s twat. This is exactly how my dad used to talk.Massacre Mafia Style (aka "The Executioner") - The Family Edition