This outrageous documentary from director Penny Lane tells the true story of Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius who built an empire in depression-era America with a bogus cure for male impotence: goat testicles. Using animated reenactments, interviews, and archival footage, Nuts! traces Brinkley’s rise from poverty and obscurity to the heights of celebrity, wealth and influence.
“A ridiculously enjoyable ode to old, weird America.” — The Guardian
Followed by a discussion with author Pope Brock, whose book Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam inspired Penny Lane to make the film. A limited number of copies of the book will be available for purchase in the MFA Shop.
Read the New York Times Review of Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam