A true WTF archival discovery, this mind-bogglingly off-the-wall '70s flick is a maniacal tribute to DIY filmmaking that tells the director/star/astrologer's "true" story of discovering psychic powers and using them to become a continent-hopping expert on astrology, diamond-smuggling, and film production. And some other things. Really anything.
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In 1975, astrologer to the stars Craig Denney embarked on his passion project to write, direct, and star in an ambitious biopic about his life. The resulting film faded into obscurity but was recently rediscovered in the collection of the American Genre Film Archive, and has been hailed as a newfound classic of WTF cinema. The Astrologer follows a carnival con man who discovers that he has genuine psychic powers, a story that unspools in a manner that, as fan Nicolas Winding Refn describes it, pushes 'auteurism' to a whole other level. The film jumps between continents and races through time, usually in a single startling edit; features absurd yet irony-free dialogue (You’re not an astrologer...you're an asshole!); has a lengthy dinner scene inexplicably filmed in slow motion; and ends with a head-scratching meta-cinema moment in which the astrologer watches a film of The Astrologer as we watch The Astrologer. It is safe to predict that The Astrologer is unlike anything you've ever seen before. New 2K scan DCP print, provided courtesy of the American Genre Film Archive. Visit americangenrefilm.com for more info.
Craig Denney was an American filmmaker as well as a supposed celebrity astrologer, who not only directed and wrote The Astrologer, but also starred in it as the leading man. This was his only film.
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- Director: Craig Denney
- Principal Cast: Craig Denney, Darrien Earle, Arthyr Chadbourne, Florence Marly, Rocky Barbanica
- Country: USA
- Year: 1975
- Running Time: 96 minutes
- Producer: John William Abbott
- Screenplay: Dorothy June Pidgeon
- Cinematographers: Allan Gornick Jr.
- Music: Zubin Mehta, The Moody Blues, The Los Angeles Philharmonic
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: Debut Feature Film
- Language: English
- Format: DCP