Bakshi followed up Fritz the Cat with this kaleidoscopic tale of pimps, pushers, and pinball in a nightmarish 1970s New York. Michael is an aspiring cartoonist who draws inspiration from the panoply of weirdos and lowlifes (including his Mafioso dad) that surround him. In this expressionistic mash-up of animation and live action, Bakshi cuts through the omnipresent sleaze with moments of grim humor and surprising poignancy.
with Ralph Bakshi
The 7pm screening on May 9 will feature a Q&A with director Ralph Bakshi moderated by Mark Randolph of Wax Poetics.