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19 October 2007 (USA) See more »
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A documentary on the relationship between curator Sam Wagstaff, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and musician/poet Patti Smith. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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insight into the art of talented curator/collector Sam Wagstaff See more (5 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Pierre Apraxine ... Himself

Dick Cavett ... Himself (archive footage)

Dominick Dunne ... Himself
Gordon Baldwin ... Himself - Getty Museum
Raymond Foye ... Himself
Jeffrey Fraenkel ... Himself - Fraenkel Gallery
Philippe Garner ... Himself
Ralph Gibson ... Himself

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders ... Himself - photographer
John Giorno ... Himself - poet
Tukey Koffend ... Herself - childhood friend

Robert Mapplethorpe ... Himself (archive footage)
Jean-Jacques Naudet ... Himself
Eugenia Parry ... Herself

Ingrid Sischy ... Herself - Interview Magazine

Patti Smith ... Herself
Holly Solomon ... Herself (archive footage)
John Szarkowski ... Himself - Museum of Modern Art
Sam Wagstaff ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Walter ... Himself - collector
Clark Worswick ... Himself - friend
John Richardson ... Himself - writer

Joan Juliet Buck ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Truman Capote ... Himself (archive footage)
Henry Geldzahler ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Tuttle ... Himself

Directed by
James Crump 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Crump 

Produced by
Stanley F. Buchthal .... executive producer (as Stanley Buchthal)
James Crump .... producer
Maja Hoffmann .... executive producer
David Koh .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
J. Ralph 
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Felver 
Harry Geller 
David Koh 
Eric Koziol 
Paul Lundahl 
 
Film Editing by
Dave Giles (edited by)
 
Sound Department
Matt Gundy .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
John Vondracek .... motion graphics
 
Editorial Department
Carmen Borgia .... post-production
William Davis .... additional editing
David Gauff .... online editor
Matt Gundy .... post-production
Mike Maguire .... post-production
Arthur Pingrey .... computer editor
John Rehberger .... post-production
Tim Werenko .... post-production
 
Music Department
Bub Jess .... music producer
Arthur Pingrey .... music co-producer
 
Other crew
Abraham Aronow .... source: photographs
Bob Binsback .... engineer
Lucien Clergue .... source: photographs
Teresa Engle .... source: photographs
Christopher Felver .... source: photographs
Leonard Fink .... source: photographs
Philippe Garner .... source: photographs
Bob Gruen .... source: photographs
Robert Haiko .... source: photographs
Balthazar Korab .... source: photographs
Bettye Lane .... source: photographs
Gilles Larrain .... source: photographs
George Platt Lynes .... source: photographs
Gerard Malanga .... source: photographs
David McCabe .... source: photographs
Patrick McMullan .... source: photographs
Sheila Metzner .... source: photographs
Richard Misrach .... source: photographs
Gary Morris .... studio coordinator
Arnold Newman .... source: photographs
Irving Penn .... source: photographs
Anton Perich .... source: photographs
Francesco Scavullo .... source: photographs
Allan Tannenbaum .... source: photographs
B. von Echt .... source: photographs
Sam Wagstaff .... source: photographs
Andy Warhol .... source: photographs
 
Thanks
Brett Abbott .... thanks
Joree Adilman .... thanks
Sarah Auld .... thanks
Joan Brooks Baker .... special thanks
Gordon Baldwin .... thanks
Miles Barth .... thanks
Cadin Batrack .... thanks
Christopher Beardslee .... thanks
Stella Benakis .... thanks
Kathleen Bickford Berzock .... thanks
Craig Bishop .... thanks
Guillaume Bonn .... thanks
Marisa Bourgoin .... thanks
Stanley F. Buchthal .... thanks
Joan Juliet Buck .... thanks
Jackie Burns .... thanks
Marisa Cardinale .... thanks
George Carr .... thanks
Dick Cavett .... thanks
Charles Churchward .... thanks
Lucien Clergue .... thanks
Jennifer Congregane .... thanks
Julian Cox .... thanks
Connie Crump .... thanks
Thomas Crump .... thanks
Allison de Fren .... thanks (as Allison Defren)
Rick DeCroix .... thanks
Rick Depofi .... thanks
Elena Dorfman .... thanks
Dominick Dunne .... thanks
Judy Englander .... thanks
Teresa Engle .... thanks
Camille Fanfair .... thanks
Tom Ford .... thanks
Raymond Foye .... thanks
Jeffrey Fraenkel .... thanks
Eugene Gaddis .... thanks
Philippe Garner .... thanks
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders .... thanks
Kate Hald .... thanks
Dirck Halstead .... thanks
Bill Hannigan .... thanks
Michael Hargraves .... thanks
Dena Hawes .... thanks
François Hebel .... thanks
Michael Heizer .... thanks
Janet Hicks .... thanks
Suzanne Hilberry .... thanks
Suzanne Hilberty .... thanks
Mark Holborn .... thanks
Vernon Jolly .... thanks
Elsa Kendall .... thanks
Kinga Kenig .... thanks
James Killus .... thanks
Tukey Koffend .... thanks
David Koh .... thanks
Eric Koziol .... thanks
Marcus Leatherdale .... thanks
Dimitri Levas .... thanks
Gail Levin .... thanks
David Levinthal .... thanks
Joseph F. Lovett .... thanks
Paul Lundahl .... thanks
Christophe Lunn .... thanks
Harry H. Lunn .... thanks
Edward Mapplethorpe .... thanks
Agnes Martin .... thanks
Richard Misrach .... thanks
Leigh Montville .... thanks
Weston Naef .... thanks
Laura Nappi .... thanks
Jean-Jacques Naudet .... thanks
Gordon Newton .... thanks
Madame Ovary .... thanks
Eugenia Parry .... thanks
Irving Penn .... thanks
Anthony Petrillose .... thanks
Ellen Phelan .... thanks
Arthur Pingrey .... thanks
J. Ralph .... thanks
Elizabeth Rappeport .... thanks (as Elizabeth Rappaport)
David Raymond .... thanks
David Raymond .... thanks
Edward Ruscha .... thanks
Nighat Saleemi .... thanks
Charlie Scheips .... thanks
Julio Sims .... thanks
Ingrid Sischy .... thanks
John W. Smith .... thanks
Patti Smith .... thanks
Christian Sonne .... thanks
Gene Stavis .... thanks
Michael Ward Stout .... thanks
Bettina Sulser .... thanks
John Szarkowski .... thanks
Curtice Taylor .... thanks
Sara Terry .... thanks
Molly Thompson .... thanks
Paul Tschinkel .... special thanks
Richard Tuttle .... thanks
Dina Velez .... thanks
Dee Vitale .... thanks
John Vondracek .... thanks
Ted Walbye .... thanks
Richard Wandel .... thanks (as Rich Wandel)
Lena Watanabe .... thanks
Ella Wilson .... thanks
Clark Worswick .... thanks
Kohle Yohannan .... thanks
Robert Zuckerman .... thanks
 

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
insight into the art of talented curator/collector Sam Wagstaff, 10 May 2008
Author: John Frame (johnvframe@yahoo.com) from Brisbane, Australia

To screen at Brisbane Queer Film Festival 2008 (on 25th May). A documentary purporting to reveal, for historical accuracy and posterity, the achievements and broad influence of radical USA art curator and collector Sam Wagstaff. We're given more than enough reason to respect and celebrate Sam Wagstaff in his own right as a strongly individual creative artist, but someone whose reputation could too easily be overshadowed by the people he was associated with – especially his long term lover, the notoriously risqué photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

I especially enjoyed the section dealing with Sam Wagstaff's obsession in travelling the globe to collect fine photographic works on a very broad scale – routinely setting new records at auction (and pissing people off in the process). We're told that, more than nearly all of his art world contemporaries, he saw photography as having unique intrinsic value. Eventually he sold his collection of "overvalued" photographs for five million dollars.

Robert Mapplethorpe's long term friend and flatmate Patti Smith naturally became a very good friend of Sam Wagstaff. Patti gives us a confidant's perspective on both men's lives and passions.

This is interesting as a slice of queer cultural heritage but I anticipate that any student of art and photography will find this film to be extraordinarily entertaining.

The film is much more about Sam Wagstaff than it is about Robert Mapplethorpe (or their relationship), but the point is made that Sam inspired, supported and enabled Mapplethorpe to achieve decidedly more than 15 minutes of fame.

The audio editing could be the only weak technical point – for some strange reason (at least in the stereo screener DVD) the living testimonies are mixed extremely to the right channel and are very feint in comparison to the narration.

NB: What we're seeing here at BQFF is 69 minutes long – and according to the listing at IMDb.com it should be 77 minutes.

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