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Restored By Nicolas Winding Refn

“It was a myth… No one had ever seen it.” —Nicolas Winding Refn on The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds

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AN UNADULTERATED CULTURAL EXPRESSWAY FOR THE ARTS

Born from Nicolas Winding Refn’s passion for the rare, the forgotten and the unknown, byNWR breathes new life into the culturally intriguing and influential. Home to cultural ephemera created by an array of Guest Editors and contributors, our beautifully restored and revived cinematic gems inspire a world of original content, where we share, enjoy and look to the future with hope, prosperity and the idea that culture is for everyone.

SPRING NIGHT, SUMMER NIGHT

Joseph L. Anderson United States, 1967

This remarkably forgotten American independent, set in a declining rural town in Ohio, explores the struggles of its past through the mirror of a complicated relationship. Working with nonprofessional actors, Joseph L. Anderson’s late-60s drama tells a melancholic story of revenge and liberation.

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THE MAIDENS OF FETISH STREET

Saul Resnick United States, 1966

Saul Resnick’s sole film is a quirky quickie ripe with sexploitation sleaze. An experimental grindhouse with an avant-garde streak, The Maidens of Fetish Street perversely plays with early 60s S&M iconography and off-the-cuff quips in 20s L.A. It’s quick, it’s freaky, and it’s a lot of fun too!

SHANTY TRAMP

Joseph G. Prieto United States, 1967

This extraordinarily tawdry sleaze-fest of Southern Gothic melodrama emerged from the disturbed mind of exploitation legend (and circus freak) K. Gordon Murray, working alongside Cuban director Joseph G. Prieto. So much about this film that is just plain wrong it’s hard to know where to start…

NIGHT TIDE

Curtis Harrington United States, 1961

Enter the witchy world of 60s B-movies! A young (but still crazy) Dennis Hopper starred in Curtis Harrington’s career-launching indie horror flick, which spins atmospheric, playful tales of the supernatural in the vein of Val Lewton or Carnival of Souls. A cult classic, now restored in HD!

ORGY OF THE DEAD

Stephen C. Apostolof United States, 1965

A gloriously garish, über-camp “nudie cutie,” with a screenplay written by the infamous director Ed Wood: we’re sold! But wait, there’s more. It stars American psychic Criswell (of Plan 9 from Outer Space fame), a plethora of stripteases, and some truly demented costumes. In short: a cult classic!

EARS, EYES AND THROATS: RESTORED CLASSIC AND LOST PUNK FILMS 1976-1981

Richard Gaikowski, Graeme Whifler, The Residents & 3 more United States, 2019

A vivid snapshot of a fertile moment in American underground culture, this anthology of rare/classic punk films is shot through with a DIY ethos and collective spirit of experimentation. From chronicles of punk gigs (DEVO! The Residents!), to surrealist music videos: the spirit of anarchy presides!

WILD GUITAR

Ray Dennis Steckler United States, 1962

Ray Dennis Steckler made his directorial debut with this surfer rock-scored, Elvis Presley-inspired B-movie about an aspiring musician’s sudden success. Swerving between Faustian fable, pop comedy and music industry parody, it features the early work of Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond!

HOUSE ON BARE MOUNTAIN

Lee Frost United States, 1962

A forgotten curio in the history of trash cinema, House on Bare Mountains is an early 60s nudie-cutie where Hollywood models meet monsters and the rest is mayhem. Naïve dramatic vignettes entail wildly inappropriate excuses for nudity—as the poster says, it was shot in “Nuderama” after all!