Harmony Korine takes Gaspar Noé on a whirlwind Tennessee tour in this hilarious obscure doc
Back in 2010, Harmony Korine invited his pal, Enter the Void director and controversy-magnet Gaspar Noé, to hang out in his home state of Tennessee. The meet-up was documented by Canadian provocateur Bruce LaBruce for Into the Night with… an Arte series that has paired influential figures together since its inception in 2002. This particular episode aired on German TV and then disappeared without a trace. Little seen and massively underappreciated, the programme finds two like-minded directors revelling in their shared fondness for mischief (watch for the run-in with the local cops, who, according to Korine, “hate Jews”).
Over the course of 51 minutes, they visit a shooting range, an evangelical preaching session, and the psychedelic Dragon Park where Korine and friends used to take acid. This doc is like a tin-opener on the brains of two cinematic agitators. So what can we glean by revisiting this documentary and kicking back with Korine and Noé?
HARMONY KORINE SPENT HIS 18TH BIRTHDAY WITH AN UNUSUAL STRIPPER
“Right down there, you see that place that’s called Déjà Vu? That was a strip club. That’s where I went on my 18th birthday. Honestly, at this strip club is where I saw a woman with an elongated tailbone. Dead serious. She used to put a little ribbon around it. It’s still there, look. I guess she was born like that. It was a real tailbone. I remember a lot of my friends from school would go there a couple times a week.”
THE PSYCHEDELIC DRAGON PARK WAS THE BEST PLACE TO TAKE ACID
“This is a place that when I was a kid growing up, it’s called the Dragon Park, but as a teenager where everyone did a lot of acid. This was a very psychedelic park. You could feel it here. My signature is somewhere, but you can’t read it.”
HARMONY KORINE WAS DESTINED TO BE A BRICKLAYER
“This is a true story, I had a guidance counsellor. I wasn’t a very good student or anything. He made me take this test; it’s like a 20-page test and you’ve gotta to answer questions like, ‘Do you like roses?’ or ‘Are you scared of doorknobs?’ or something and you just say ‘yes/no’. At the end of it they tell you what your aptitude for your work, profession… whatever, what you should be when you graduate. So I took the test and my guidance counsellor told me that it came up that I should be a bricklayer. I said, ‘Bricklayer? I’ve never touched a brick in my life.’ He said that’s what I needed to be. A couple years later I went off to school and I made my first movie. I came back and I went to that strip club and I saw my guidance counsellor, and he was with the woman with the elongated tailbone. And he said to me, he wasn’t surprised at all. He said, ‘I saw your movie.’ I said, ‘Yeah? You like it?’ and he said, ‘I told you, you should’ve been a bricklayer.’”