Doozy

UK TBC Certificate
In cinemas
April 23, 2019
Director
Runtime
1 Hour 10 Minutes
Genre
Documentary
Language
English

Quite simply a ‘doozy’ of a film experience… With his flamboyant persona and acerbic delivery, in-the-closet comedian and actor Paul Lynde became one of America’s best-known television personalities in the 60s and 70s. Along with recurring roles in the likes of Bewitched and his coveted position in the ‘centre square’ on glitzy gameshow Hollywood Squares, Lynde would also lend his distinctive voice to a series of villainous characters in animation studio Hanna-Barbera’s productions.

In Doozy, artist-filmmaker Richard Squires creates animated antihero 'Clovis' to look through the lens of one of Hollywood’s hidden queer histories by re-enacting some of the wilder episodes from Lynde’s colourful life. The film uses Clovis to contemplate the uncomfortable parallel between cartoon villainy and hysterical masculinity; the use of voice to signify ‘otherness’ and the frequently uneasy relationship between character and actor. Creative documentary Doozy mixes original animation, re-enactment, archive and expert testimony into a unique new work.

Last updated
April 22, 2019

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