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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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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
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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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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Mythic Men, 10 January 2008
Author: christopherfordm from United States

Saw this film as part of the 2008 Palm Springs Film Festival. It was gratifying to see Sam Wagstaff finally revealed as, perhaps, the last great aesthetic champion of the late 20th century. While his personal and art-world public relationship with Mapplethorpe both energized and eventually demonized them both, theirs was, whether consciously or not, the most prophetic of Faustian bargains. The realms and clash of class, culture, money and infamy are as old as all stories, but here it is put in our contemporary, American, queer America, specifically, the heady days of an always-changing New York City in the 1970s. As a coda to Patricia Morrisroe's superb 1995 biography, Mapplethorpe, this film correctly posits Wagstaff as the artist's pre-eminent guide and counselor; while both men were intensely gifted, it was the man, the curator and the collector Wagstaff whom we must always cherish and remember for the dazzling, singular vision he made in his world. What bothered me about the film was as much who they spoke to as much as they DIDN'T speak to - I'm sorry, but Dominick Dunne was the Hedda Hopper/Robin Leach of the 70s New York art world, and his inclusion cheapened the film for me. Raymond Foye was Henry Geldzahler's boyfriend at a critical time in the Wagstaff/Mapplethorpe relationship, and I would have liked to have heard more from Ingrid Sischy (then editor of Artforum, now editor of Interview). And it seemed remiss not to include the art critic Klaus Kertess, who was among the most influential critics at the time, and/or Dimitri Levas, who was for a long period of time the major domo of Mapplethorpe's studio. The only dealer that was interviewed was Robert's first, the late Holly Solomon - the true commercial nature of the Wagstaff/Mapplethorpe relationship was forged through the Robert Miller Gallery and it's directors, Howard Read and John Cheim - THIS is where the true Mapplethorpe phenomenon was forged - yet there is no pursuit of this important aspect of both men and their conjoined destinies. Patti Smith, as should be wholly expected, is the living muse of both these men and our film's guide. I think that she, like many of us, is somewhat surprised to still be around - but we are. On balance, this is an excellent documentary of a very worthy subject, and poses the fundamental question: would we know either of these men if they had never known each other?

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