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He was a celebrated poet, a playwright, a Warhol Superstar. He lived and performed... sometimes as a man, sometimes as a woman.
"Jackie Curtis is not a drag queen. Jackie is an artist. A pioneer without a frontier." -- Andy Warhol... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Paul Ambrose ... Himself
Michael André ... Himself
Penny Arcade ... Herself
Michael Arian ... Himself
Gretchen Berg ... Herself

David Bowie ... Himself (archive footage)
Styles Caldwell ... Himself
Leee Black Childers ... Himself

Jackie Curtis ... Herself (archive footage)

Joe Dallesandro ... Himself

Candy Darling ... Himself (archive footage)
Laura de Coppet ... Herself
Alexis Del Lago ... Herself

Harvey Fierstein ... Himself
Joe Franklin ... Himself
Robert Heide ... Himself
Don Herron ... Himself
Timothy Holder ... Himself (as Rev. Timothy Holder)
Madeleine Le Roux ... Herself (archive footage)
Agosto Machado ... Himself
Sasha McCaffrey ... Himself

Taylor Mead ... Himself

Sylvia Miles ... Herself
Jack Mitchell ... Himself

Paul Morrissey ... Himself

Michael Musto ... Himself
Joey Preston ... Himself
Rose Royalle ... Herself
Paul Serrato ... Himself
Ellen Stewart ... Herself

Lily Tomlin ... Herself
John Vaccaro ... Himself
Steven Watson ... Himself

Holly Woodlawn ... Himself

Directed by
Craig Highberger 
Writing credits
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Craig Highberger 

Produced by
Craig Highberger .... producer
Andrew La Barbera .... executive producer
Joey Preston .... associate producer
Original Music by
Paul Serrato 
Cinematography by
Craig Highberger 
Film Editing by
Craig Highberger 
Art Department
Gary LeGault .... artist: original artwork
Brian Hamilton .... special thanks

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Time, Place, wish for more, 14 September 2008
Author: VirginiaK_NYC from New York, NY

This was worth seeing for me just to see and hear the Warhol icons Paul Morrissey and Joe d'Alessandro "now," or close to now, as they were characters I watched from a small distance long ago. Also as someone has already noted - the environments of the people interviewed bring back the East Village of the 60s and 70s. Now in their own 60s probably, they are probably the last generation of young artists who were able to live in Manhattan.

If you remember the Max's Kansas City/Andy Warhol era, this will bring something back for you. If you don't, you might get a breath of a so-different, now-gone downtown artistic atmosphere of the East Village in the 60s and 70s.

The movie does a nice job of introducing the gender-shifting performer Jackie Curtis and a kind of outrageous whacked-out druggy boundary-trashing theatre/movie scene, part of the moment of giant culture shifts where gender and sex were concerned.

It's well-paced, intelligent, and always interesting. To some extent it's about the Jackie Curtis phenomenon, but the very articulate woman performer called Penny Arcade communicates a feeling for the person himself, and Holly Woodlawn - I am glad she is still with us - is sad when she remembers his death in his 30s.

The DVD extras - don't skip them. If I recall correctly, that's where we hear from the man who tells us about the seven chihuahuas that Curtis' grandmother kept on top of her breasts.

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