Motel

Film, Documentaries
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)

Time Out says

Blackwood's free-wheeling documentary is actually a series of mini-films that suggest everything from Fred Wiseman to Raising Arizona. The first pitstop is The Silver Saddle, New Mexico, run by three redoubtable women. The most conventional of the sequences, it's still marked with expansive curiosity and grotesque humour. The guests at The Blue Mist - situated opposite the Arizona State Prison - are mostly wives of the inmates, and include a former guard, staying in the infamous room 22. Here a con on furlough chopped up his mother, before making the fundamental error of trying to sell the pieces to the local grocer. Then there's The Amargosa, complete with its own theatre, in a ghost town, pop. 4, and The Movie Manor, which backs on to a drive-in cinema. And why not?

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Release details

Duration:
86 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Christian Blackwood
Screenwriter:
Christian Blackwood

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5 out of 5 stars

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I've seen this film once, around 1989, on an educational TV station, and have looked for it on and off ever since. It's one of those art works that stays with you forever. It has a 'Mulholland Drive' feel about it, a surreality that is the more amazing for being a documentary, shot at several very weird motels, featuring some very weird people (or are they normal?). See it.


I've seen this film once, around 1989, on an educational TV station, and have looked for it on and off ever since. It's one of those art works that stays with you forever. It has a 'Mulholland Drive' feel about it, a surreality that is the more amazing for being a documentary, shot at several very weird motels, featuring some very weird people (or are they normal?). See it.