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  • Actors: Bobby Kendall
  • Directors: James Bidgood
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar. 2007
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NDM3Z4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,763 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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PINK NARCISSUS
A film by James Bidgood

Considered lost for many years, Pink Narcissus is an astounding discovery - an unwavering celebration of the male body within a fantasy world of epic indulgence.

This is a breathtaking and outrageous erotic poem focussing on the daydreams of a beautiful boy prostitute who, from the seclusion of his ultra-kitsch apartment, conceives a series of interlinked narcissistic fantasies populated by matadors, dancing boys, slaves and leather-clad bikers.

The film was shrouded in mystery following its 1971 release, its creator credited only as 'Anonymous', before being rediscovered and revealed as the work of artist and photographer James Bidgood. Its cult status endures as does adoration for its star, the gorgeous and enigmatic Bobby Kendall.

With its highly charged hallucinogenic quality, its atmosphere of lush decadence, and its explicit erotic power, Pink Narcissus is a landmark of gay cinema.

DVD Extras

  • Exclusive specially commissioned interview with James Bidgood
  • Fully illustrated colour booklet including essays by filmmaker Richard Kwietniowski (Flames of Passion, Love and Death on Long Island) and author journalist Rupert Smith
  • USA | 1971 | colour | 65 minutes | optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
The BFI have surpassed themselves by releasing this 65-minute film by James Bidgood, which he spent 7 years trying to make against the odds. There is nothing quite like it in all cinema as far as I know, and its poetry is quite astonishing. Bidgood creates images of such ravishing texture and saturation that one is held spellbound, even though there is no plot to speak of. Pink Narcissus used to be one of the staples of London's Scala cinema, which played up its sleazier aspects, as did its anonymity. At the time I found it a bit too much and was put off by the Georg Grosz-like sequence near the end. I still think that part is a bit too long, but it is part of the bizarreness of the whole concept, and seeing it out of that cinema has revealed it as an absolute jewel, full of images that anticipate Pierre et Gilles, and somehow surpass them. They are just so beautiful, and sexy, an unimaginable farrago of tropical vegetation, butterflies of monstrous size, and drapes and undergarments of irresistible diaphanous allure, gently wafting on the close summer air, while lips pout (usually Bobby Kendall's) and bikers rev up ... There's also an extremely erotic Arabian dance with another highly alluring young male. Bidgood's interview is wonderful, explaining the extraordinary making of the film in his flat, and finally putting a face on the work, and a very engaging one at that ... I don't quite agree with his narcissist theory of homosexuality but it certainly fits the film and it is good to know that Kendall really is an absolute doll in real life as well, a fairly naive country boy at the time of filming.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Sept. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Pink Narcicuss is piece of self indulgent cinematography, but then again with that title what else could be expected? No dialogue and with a score that juxtaposes classical music extracts with synthesized sounds this film portrays a beautiful young man, in various states of undress, as he explores and lives out his inner fantasies from the crude to the exotic. This video will appeal to all lovers of the male body and those with a panchaunt for the bizarre and erotic. This is not a porn film, the actors are part of a dream-like tablueax of linked scenes from the supposed mind and experience of the central character who is obsessed with his own beauty. Now almost thirty years this is a true classic of the alternative cinema genre. Question...what ever became of the guy who played the central character? Don't expect perfect picture quality the film has been edited from the original shoot using what remains of the first print.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Chris S on 19 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD
This film is amazingly beautiful and just gets better with every viewing, so much attention to detail in terms of sets and costumes. The book on James Bidgood by Taschen describes how it was made and the process is fascinating - it was filmed over a period of about 7 years with each separate scene shot in Bidgood's apartment, which was periodically redecorated with his insane handmade sets (including fake urinals and trees). At one point it was even flooded to film the bubble-bath scene (though that one always seemed a but strange to me since they use a much older actor to briefly play the main character as Bobby Kendall apparently wasn't around, and it looks a bit silly. But anyhow).

The one qualm I have is I think the BFI should have also included the 2000 documentary 'The Queer Reveries of James Bidgood', which screened with some festival showings of Pink Narcissus and is included on the French DVD release (by BQHL). The interview on the new DVD should be interesting though, Bidgood coming further out of the woodwork. Anyway, small issues surrounding what promises to be an essential product, so buy buy buy!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Veldon on 15 April 2010
Format: DVD
Sometimes silly, sometimes boring (but then perhaps as I am not a Gay Man I will always feel a little distant from films like this)but always astonishingly beautiful, humorous and other worldly.

A young man dreams of his one true love - himself - in a series of sexual fantasies only to finally return (always return) to his own body, his own beauty and physicality.

This film is in love with nature, sex, the body, colour, youth - in short all the things that matter. I waited a long time to see this and it was worth the wait.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jack on 18 Jan. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The DVD (unless there is a digitally 'cleaned up' version) really shows the fact that some of it was shot on 8mm film rather than some massive cinemascope camera, this though is part of its charm. It is a surreal fantasy and the work of one man, James Bidgood. Originally he refused to have his name on the credits after a fall out with the distributor and his identity as author and creator was not known for years.
What is truly remarkable is that he created the sets and filmed it in his apartment. The sets were created from materials he collected on his day jobs as photographer and designer.
Also, it took seven years to create, when you see the complexity of the fantasy sets and know that it was done 'after work' you can understand why.
Its main attraction is Bobby Kendall who pouts and flouts his way through the scenes in a wonderful way.
Just sit back and enjoy a real fantasy world.
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