Venom in a Jar, A Kiss from the Queen

Venom in a Jar, A Kiss fromthe Queen (1991) is an experimental documentary that questions the role of Miss Snake Charmer, the teenage beauty queen chosen to accompany the Sweetwater, (TX) Jaycees during their annual Rattlesnake Round-Up.


“Gretchen’s film has it all: ­ big hair, tiaras, boots, snakes, and
teenaged Texas beauty queens. But the real heart of Venom in a Jar is
something far more subtle: aspiration in the face of small town
constraints. If you’ve ever had your biggest dreams thwarted by forces
outside your control, this film is for you.”

— Richard Linklater, Filmmaker




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