A Sixties stoner cowboy movie about Jesus: why not, eh?
Apparently the DVD of Greaser’s Palace exists, but only as a rare (and, thus, overpriced) collectable. But I must have it; the Youtubes and online references are simply too tantalizing. Don’t believe me? Check it out:
And a review from Badmovies.org:
You are probably thinking to yourself, “It couldn’t be that outlandish. Could it?” Go and look up “naive” in the dictionary. Now.
The entire movie is an anecdote [I think he means “allegory”] for religion, Christianity to be precise… Greaser’s Palace is a huge saloon in some tumbleweed town out west… Seaweedhead Greaser is the Catholic Church as represented by a gunslinger with itchy trigger fingers. Why in the world does he have a mariachi band and his mother locked in wooden cages? The musicians are easy to explain; they provide entertainment while Greaser tries to have bowel movements (which he is unable to do)…
Right from the start it is evident that Greaser hates Lamy Homo (pronounced as “lay me homo”). He shoots, stabs, and even dumps the little guy down a well. The Church’s efforts to eradicate his homo problem are to no avail; Jessy keeps bringing the reluctant Lazarus back. Lamy consistently recites the same story upon his return from the other side and it’s a trip. Readers old enough to remember when Puff relaxed immigration laws and all those runny noses invaded Honah-Lee (Honalee? Hon-a-lee? Who knows?) might identify with me. It’s that weird.
Any movie about Western religion would be incomplete without Martin Luther; so where is he? He is the man trying to perform a card trick for Seaweedhead. Check it out, the would-be magician does the old “pick a card, any card” bit. He then holds up card after card, inquiring “This one? How about this one? That one?” Poor Martin Luther, trying in vain to decide which interpretation is correct. History says the man finally gave up and just wrote something to the effect of “Figure it out for yourself!” Then he went to get a hammer and nails, but I’m getting sidetracked.
Not at all, not at all. It makes SO MUCH SENSE now. If only I’d seen this movie before I took all those Religious Studies courses at University!
(please forgive any bad manners, I’m new to the net)
re:greaser’s palace: I remember watching this in the theater, I must have been 15 (early 70s), it was magic, unforgettable. (never could find the DVD)
You seem good at deciphering allegories, there must be one here too: one character in the movie is a settler trudging along with wife, kid & canestooga who gets an arrow in the thigh (shooter unseen), stuggles painfully to wrench it out,
only to have another one immediately strike him in the same spot, over & over throughout the movie. Any thoughts ?
p.s.:Lamy Homo: “ecce homo” is how they reportedly introduced Jesus to Pilatus (here’s the man)
That’s Job, isn’t it? The guy in the Old Testament who God kept throwing awful things at.
Thanks for the Lamy Homo pointer. Very interesting. You can occasionally find this thing on Amazon, I am really hoping to get it someday.
Greaser’s Palace is back on DVD sometime this year from Scorpion Releasing: http://www.scorpionreleasing.com
WOOOHOOOO! Thanks! Definitely on my list!