Dottie Gets Spanked (DVD)
Directed by Todd Haynes
Another dazzling suburban phantasm from writer-director Todd Haynes, Dottie Gets Spanked is a stylized, bittersweet nod to his childhood fascination with I Love Lucy. Deep in the heart of pre-hippie 1960s America, young artistically-inclined Steven Gale is obsessed with Dottie Frank, wacky star of the eponymous hit sitcom The Dottie Show. While his mother gently encourages the boy’s fixation, his father grows increasingly frustrated by his son’s apparently “sissified” interests. This provocative, heartfelt mini-feature anticipates Haynes’ multi-Oscar-nominated Far from Heaven with its excavation of placid mid-century surfaces and deeply-buried emotions.
DVD Extras Include:
- New audio commentary by Todd Haynes
- Rare 1989 short film He Was Once: An inventive parody of 1960s kiddie claymation show Davey & Goliath, co-starring and co-produced by Haynes
- Behind-the-scenes production photo gallery
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
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