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Courtesy of Universal Pictures

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1001 Bissonnet
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Directed by Robert Siodmak



70 minutes


Introduced by Houston Film Critics Society member Michael Bergeron, Free Press Houston

Maria Montez plays dual roles as a virtuous princess and her evil twin, the iron-fisted, fabulously attired ruler of Cobra Island. Cobra Island is a place where strangers are instantly put to death, and inhabitants are periodically thrown into the local volcano. This CinemaScope and Technicolor spectacle influenced the camp aesthetic in films by Jack Smith and John Waters.

“An insane piece of high camp … Few phallic symbols go unexploited, and the gaudy Technicolor is a riot all by itself. Sarong optional!” – Chicago Reader

Community partner: QFest, Houston’s Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.