Beauty Day
Jay Cheel 2011
Documentary Feature

Wednesday May 4, 2011

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Beauty Day (Jay Cheel | Canada | 104 min.)

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What motivates someone to snort eggs through their nostrils, ski off a rooftop or attempt to remove a swimming pool cover through the most reckless method imaginable? Welcome to the mind of Ralph Zavadil, better known by his fans as Cap’n Video. Years before Jackass and the YouTube era of instant fame, Zavadil’s 1990s cable access TV show brought him notoriety—but the self-produced program was abruptly cancelled after an unfortunate Easter stunt involving chocolate, an obese rabbit and cute puppies. Over a decade has passed since that doomed skit, and Cap’n Video is eager to don his specialized lightning helmet one more time. Blending vintage video footage of Zavadil’s stunts with his present attempts to stage an anniversary special, Jay Cheel delivers a Herzog-inspired adventure of a pioneer living life on the edge, filled with humour, heart and its share of bodily fluids.

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