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Timothy Carey was a sleepy-eyed yet volatile character actor who worked with the likes of Marlon Brando, Stanley Kubrick, and John Cassavetes. He was also one of the "sources of inspiration" to whom Quentin Tarantino dedicated his script for Reservoir Dogs. Despite the demands of being cool, Carey still found time to write, direct, produce, and star in The World's Greatest Sinner (Friday, January 21, 8 p.m., Dryden Theatre, 271-4090), a campy, perversely fascinating, and charmingly flawed film that's equal parts cult classic, DIY how-to, and socio-politico-religious commentary.

Carey plays Clarence Hilliard, an insurance salesman who quits his job, changes his name to God, and starts a rock band so he can preach, seduce, and run for president. The director's son, Romeo Carey --- an up-and-coming filmmaker in his own right --- will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions about his famously eccentric dad. Frank Zappa, who composed the score, called Sinner "the world's worst movie," while Cassavetes said it "had the brilliance of Einstein." Both were right.

--- Dayna Papaleo