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NUTS!

Director(s)
Penny Lane
Country
USA
Year
2016
Language
English
Duration
79 min

*Director Penny Lane in attendance.

A highly unlikely but completely successful cross between South Park and Citizen Kane, NUTS! recounts the life story, work and many schemes of John Romulus Brinkley, an American doctor who claimed in 1917 to be able to cure male infertility with goat-testicle transplants. He went on to become a politician and the owner of a Mexican radio station. Starting from this crazy premise, Penny Lane combines animation, interviews, archival images and a narrator rather lacking in objectivity to reinvent, as casually as you please, the film biography. Taking its character seriously, the film gradually becomes a touching tribute to the charlatan’s power of persuasion: like any great artist, he was a master storyteller. But he flew too close to the hot flames of the American Dream. (RIDM)

Winner of the 2016 Sundance U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing

“A ridiculously enjoyable ode to old, weird America” -The Guardian

“A documentary about goat testicle transplants that’s too good to be true” -The Verge

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Director(s)
Penny Lane
Country
USA
Year
2016
Language
English
Duration
79 min
As part of:
Penny Lane Retrospective

March 15-20, 2019