Crave Hot Docs Showcase: The El Duce Tapes

Directed by Rodney Ascher & David Lawrence
2019, USA, 100 min

Sat, Nov 9 / 9 pm | Cinematheque

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Between appearing in supporting roles in General Hospital and local TV commercials, Ryan Sexton spent the early 90s documenting the life and art of El Duce, lead singer of the notorious shock rock band The Mentors. Famous for taking the stage in black executioner hoods, the band spent a few moments in the national spotlight after some of their most offensive lyrics were denounced on the floor of the US Senate. 25 years later, The El Duce Tapes dives into the long-unseen VHS footage searching for clues about who El Duce really was, how much of his disturbing persona was for real, and what an act built around a cartoonish sense of violent misogyny can tell us about our own time and place.

Presented in partnership with Crave Hot Docs Showcase.