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Portrait Of Jason [DVD] [1967]

Jason Holliday , Shirley Clarke , Shirley Clarke    Exempt   DVD

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Product Description

Portrait of Jason is the raw record of a confessional conversation with an African-American gay hustler recounting his life and times. A disturbing and fascinating document, it unflinchingly observes Jason Holliday - conversing, performing, confessing, dissolving. Shirley Clarke was a key figure in the American avant-garde and has been an influence on filmmakers and video artists over the last 40 years. Available for the first time ever on DVD, Portrait of Jason is a counter-culture classic and a landmark in American independent cinema.


" The most fascinating film I’ve ever seen" -- Ingmar Bergman

" …a pioneering study of the cinema verite movement … It’s an intense, commanding film" -- Chicago Reader

"In part hilarious and in total compelling….." -- London Film Festival, Paul Taylor

From the Contributor

Portrait of Jason was a sensation in 1967. The Stonewall Inn riot in Greenwich Village was still two years away, and at the time it was virtually unknown for anyone to speak openly and unashamedly about being gay, much less to break down in public tears of self-pity over his longings for an off-screen friend. It was also unknown for a feature-length movie, intended for cinema screenings, to consist of nothing but shots of one man talking. Now, nearly 40 years later, the film seems incredibly prescient. It accurately predicts, amongst other things, ‘coming out’ as a Gay Lib strategy and the movement of subcultures from the margins to centre-stage -- not to mention the emotional goading of subjects in Jerry Springer-style television.
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