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This review is from: Pink Narcissus  [DVD] (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!