Liquid Sky was made by a group of expatriate Russians living in New York City. The film was briefly touted as a midnight favourite when it came out. Liquid Sky is a film that often provokes an irritated reaction from viewers, although equally inspires others to regard it as brilliant. It is certainly an indulgent film. It taps right into early 1980s New Wave counter culture, celebrating a punk ethos, of drug-taking and a cynically nihilistic take on life. (The title liquid sky is apparently street jargon for heroin).
In fact, Liquid Skys cheerfully perverse pretensions are actually its joy. The film is constantly dangling outrages corpse fucking and tongue-in-cheek rape scenes at us. In one ingenious moment, director Slava Tsukerman contrives a scene where Anne Carlisle, who plays both the female lead as well as a pouty gay boy, gives herself a blowjob. Liquid Sky comes with an undeniably high degree of pretentiousness ponderously meaningful dialogue, faux posings by the cast, weird disjointed visual experiments from Tsukerman and a grating synthesizer score. The bizarre New Wave sets and particularly costumes have an imagination and the film is surprisingly well photographed. The greatest aspect though is the performance of the tall, pale androgynous Anne Carlisle who drifts through this world of drugged-out, dull-eyed punk zombies with an elegant regality.
The only other films that Slava Tsukerman has made have been the very obscure Poor Liza (1998), a Russian romantic folk tale, and the documentary Stalins Wife (2004), although Tsukermans own press release claims that he has made a total of 43 films, many of these under the days of Soviet Russia. Anne Carlisle went onto minor parts in Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) and Crocodile Dundee (1986) and played the lead in Larry Cohens Blind Alley/Perfect Strangers (1987), but has since vanished from sight, although she did apparently write a novelisation for Liquid Sky. It is a genuine shame that Carlisle has never gone onto any other parts of any note as she certainly has talent. The idea of aliens coming to harvest humanity for the opiates in the brain was also borrowed for the entertaining action film Dark Angel/I Come in Peace (1990).
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