The World’s Greatest Sinner

The World’s Greatest Sinner

Restoration World Premiere. Post-screening conversation with Romeo Carey.

Restoration World Premiere   

While character actor Timothy Carey is best remembered for portraying tough guys in East of Eden (1955) and Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976), he was interested in exploring the edgy possibilities of non-commercial filmmaking on his own. In 1962, Carey wrote, directed, produced, and starred in this notorious oddity in Los Angeles for his own independent company. Featuring a score by a 22-year-old Frank Zappa written prior to the formation of The Mothers of Invention, this film about an insurance salesman with designs on becoming a literal rock-and-roll deity showcases one of the few independent spirits of 1960s American filmmaking. 

Note by Academy Museum Associate Director, Film Programs K.J. Relth-Miller. 

DIRECTED BY: Timothy Carey. WRITTEN BY: Timothy Carey. WITH: Timothy Carey, Paul Frees, Gil Barretto, Betty Rowland. 1962. 78 min. USA. B&W. English. DCP. Restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation. 

Academy Museum film programming generously funded by the Richard Roth Foundation.

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