Mark Eisenstein

Mark Eisenstein – The Electric Chair (1985)

Description:A Bukowski-inspired tale from the New York underground. Victor Argo (Ghost Dog, Taxi Driver, True Romance) is a shoe store manager who attempts to revive a failed career as a stand-up comic by performing at a mysterious club where he finds himself sharing the stage with a looming, ready-to-shock electric chair… and performing before an audience of himself in the various stages of his life, and other friends, family and enemies – who are all subject to his cantankerous and biting routines on love, society, friendship and god. The Electric Chair features a stunning performance and rare leading role from the late, great Argo, one of New York City’s most prolific and memorable character actors. Never before released, The Electric Chair is a true lost treasure of New York City filmmaking at its most inspired, sarcastic and dark – laced with shades of both Scorsese and Jarmusch – and striking a chord somewhere between Lenny and The King of Comedy. Read More »