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Pink Narcissus (1971)

An erotic poem set in the fantasies of a young male prostitute.

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James Bidgood (as Anonymous)

Writer:

James Bidgood (as Anonymous)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Don Brooks Don Brooks ... Angel
Bobby Kendall Bobby Kendall ... Pan
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Storyline

An erotic poem set in the fantasies of a young male prostitute.

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A unique experience in visual fantasy!

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

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None

Release Date:

13 March 1993 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Розовый нарцисс See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,724, 26 December 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,231, 23 January 2000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film was shown in Paris for consecutive years, with a single weekly session. See more »


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Pictures at an Exhibition
Written by Modest Mussorgsky
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A Lush Fantasia of Erotic Art
16 May 2005 | by gftbiloxiSee all my reviews

Created by photographer James Bidgood, PINK NARCISSUS is a lush, exotic, and remarkably beautiful erotic fantasia that explores the face and body of model Bobby Kendal as he slips in and out of erotic fantasies--fantasies which range from bullfights with himself as a matador and the bull as a leather-clad motorcyclist to being held captive for the pleasures of an Arabian ruler. Both the the apartment in which the character lives and the daydreams into which he slips are remarkably designed, recalling such artists as Parrish and Klimt, and the film emphasizes the tactile nature of everything it displays; one of the most memorable moments in the film, for example, are photographs of beads in motion that eventually segue into an erotic dance. The camera also explores Kendall's exceptional face and body in the same tactile manner, and whatever his actual virtues as a legitimate performer might be he is perfectly at ease with the camera's voyeuristic joy, and the resulting images are powerful, memorable, and virtually define the term "erotic art."

It might be supposed that this film appeals primarily to a gay audience, but over the years I have shown it to a great number of friends--male, female, gay, straight--and their response has always been one of fascination; the film exerts a hypnotic allure that few can resist. At the same time, however, I must note several things about the film that some may dislike.

If you expect a purely "skin show" type film or simple pornography, PINK NARCISSUS is likely to frustrate, for it works its magic more via tantalization than blatant nudity; at the same time, however, there is enough graphic behavior in the film to give it an X rating even today. It is also a purely visual film (there is no dialogue of any kind), and it is very much an experimental "underground" 1970s film; as such, it actually does require a certain degree of intellectual effort and interpretation. These aspects of the film may leave some viewers cold, but those able to enter into its sensual world will find it a powerful bit of erotica. Recommended.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer


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