Creator / Harmony Korine

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"To me, the most beautiful thing in the world is an abandoned parking lot and a soiled sofa on the edgeÖ with a street lamp off to the side. America seems like a series of abandoned parking lots, streetlights and abandoned sofas."
Harmony Korine

Harmony Korine (born January 4, 1973) is an American Writer-Director of Avant-Garde Films. To date, he has made five films:

Written but not Directed:

His films have a tendency to bend, break or otherwise subvert Traditional Narrative. They also tend to deal with taboo, unpleasant or otherwise esoteric subject matter. As such, his body of work could most definitely be described as polarizing.


The Works of Harmony Korine Provide Examples of the Following:

  • all lowercase letters: He seems to prefer writing this way.
  • Author Appeal: Vaudeville, Buster Keaton, Werner Herzog, tap dancing, ChloŽ Sevigny (at first; later his wife, Rachel), and the Alienation Principle.
  • Black Metal: Makes up much of the soundtrack for Gummo. Korine appears to have an affinity for Black Metal, appearing in the documentary Until The Light Takes Us, preparing an Art Installation wherein he plays Mayhem while in Blackface, tap-dancing.
  • Camp Straight: Despite playing gay characters in his own movies and making movies camp-trashy enough to come across like the second coming of John Waters, he's heterosexual.
  • Crapsack World: His movies are typically populated by freaks, weirdos and/or losers.
  • Creator Thumbprint: Anti-Social (or otherwise bizarre) characters acting-out through random and often-surreal activities, filmed with odd cinematic tricks, inter-spliced with genuine Documentary footage, and edited together in a rambling, non-narrative style similar to a collage. Established in Gummo, perfected in Julien Donkey-Boy, taken to an extreme in Trash Humpers, and finally streamlined into a more mainstream form in Spring Breakers.
  • Documentary: Like his mentor Werner Herzog (who acted in Julien Donkey-Boy and Mister Lonely), Korine's work blurs the lines between this and "Fiction Films". As said in his "Mistake-ist Declaration", "Don't direct a scene — document an action."
  • Dogme 95: Made Julien Donkey-Boy, the first non-European Dogme film (Dogme #6).
  • Eagleland: In bonus material on the Gummo DVD, Korine refers to himself as a "Strictly American Filmmaker", and most of his work deals with "The American Landscape", specifically the trashy, Midwestern side of it. Which makes the France/Scotland/Unspecified Third World Nation-set Mister Lonely stick out even more.
  • Le Film Artistique: His calling.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Could also count as "Awesome McCool" Name
  • Grotesque Gallery: Not for no reason has he been compared to Fellini, Jodorowsky and Lynch.

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