Plaster Caster with Wayne Kramer and his little head.
The Rock & Roll Adventures of Super-Groupie Cynthia Plaster
The Plaster Casters of Chicago started making plaster casts
of rock star's dicks in in the late 60's, and Cynthia is still
at it today. This documentary captures both the good times,
laughs and legends you would expect, as well as some mundane
and genuinely awkward moments.
We see her hanging out friends and musicians, doing a shoot
in her apartment for VH-1, and during a trip to California
to visit Pamela Des Barres, her old casting partner Miss Mercy,
and the lawyer who helped get her "babies" back
from Frank Zappa's ex-manager. Some of the harsher moments
include her confronting Wayne Kramer with her mistaken recollection
that he and Dennis Thompson knowingly exposed her and other
casters to various STDs, dealing poorly with a rude business
people, and realizing she can't afford a rent increase.
Easily the best scene involves the casting of Danny Doll Rod,
a man alarmingly comfortable with his nudity. He and Cynthia
rent to the same hotel room in which she cast Jimi Hendrix,
and he lies on the bed while she prepares the mix, making
up the scenario that he's just come from playing a show and
there are tons of girls outside wanting to get in, but he's
only letting in one very special lady. Then they're making
out and he's naked and you see a casting in progress, messy
and intimate, and ultimately successful -- unbelievably the
cast replicates Danny's penis in the midst of ejaculation.
There are also, of course, interview clips with lots of rock
and indie rock stars -- Jello Biafra, Jon Langford, Eric Burden,
Pete Shelley, Chris Connely, and Ian Svenonius to name just
a few, and lots of scenes shot around hipster Chicago -- the
Empty Bottle, Double Door, Rainbo Club, and the Wiener's Cirlce
(no one even cracks a joke.)
Not to compare Cynthia to a human phallus, but in a way, this
documentary is a cast of her that will preserve her unique
place in rock history for the ages. It's a party, and quite
a few people are coming.
Xenon Pictures/Fragment Films
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