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Jason and Shirley: restoring an underground star's lost honour

19 September 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Set in New York’s Chelsea Hotel, the film Portrait of Jason is notorious for its white director’s humiliation of its black star. A new movie revisits the story

On the afternoon of Friday 9 June 1967, a select group was ushered into a fourth-floor screening room at the Museum of Modern Art in New York to view the latest film by Shirley Clarke, the Oscar-winning director and longtime participant in the downtown scene. The guestlist included Andy Warhol, filmmakers Elia Kazan and Da Pennebaker, Tennessee Williams, Allen Ginsberg and jazz critic Nat Hentoff.

Clarke must have particularly relished inviting Warhol, since the star of her project, Jason Holliday, was someone he had been trying to film. Disdainful of Warhol’s presence on the scene (he tried to move into the Chelsea Hotel, but couldn’t hack it, Clarke would scornfully tell people), she screened a film that afternoon which in »

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