Dirty Little Billy

Kid from New York out West to farm with mother and stepfather.

The town’s no good, he falls in with a whore and her pimp.

A dreadful situation reveals his talent.

Despite Pollard in the lead and the main structure based on Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde, this was incomprehensible to A.H. Weiler of the New York Times.

Help came a month later when the opening sequence of Huston’s The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean explained the closing sequence of Dragoti’s film.

Other critics have generally misconstrued the work.


Love at First Bite

Dragoti had worked in advertising, so there is no reason not to understand Count Vladimir Dracula (oppressed by the Communists) sinking his teeth into a pill-popping dope-smoking promiscuous New York cover girl half-heartedly loved by her Freudian analyst.

Critics never saw it, the joke, but generally liked it, the film, anyway.