Movie: Julien Donkey-Boy (1999)
Director: Harmony Korine
Stars: Ewen Bremner, Brian Fisk, Chloë Sevigny
Harmony Korine loves spectacle, placing him squarely in the tradition of folks like Jodorowsky and Waters. This moment from Julien Donkey-Boy, his second feature as director, brings to mind the asshole performance in Pink Flamingos. You don't feel like you're watching a movie; no, you're ringside at a terrible carnival.
The loose narrative of Julien Donkey-Boy comes to a screeching halt as a grizzled man in glasses, a kind of birthday clown, does tricks with lit cigarettes. He fills his mouth with smoking squares, inhales them into his mouth, closes his lips around them. The scene goes on and on, forcing you to imagine the horrible scene inside the man's mouth, the tobacco smoke and tar coating his tongue as he eats the cigarettes and then brings them back out to puff some more.
It's the filmic representation of the old bit about a parent forcing their child to smoke an entire back as a way to break the habit. —RS