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Directed by Robert Frank, Rudy Wurlitzer, Gary Hill

United States 1981 28 mins.

What began as a documentary film about Robert Golka, an engineer who was experimenting with ball lightening and the development of fusion as an energy force, was turned into a spoof on the documentary form, inserting fictional characters into the story such as the Energy Czar (William Burroughs), and a Hollywood agent (filmmaker Robert Downey).

Genres: Narrative



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