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Pink Narcissus (1971)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | 13 March 1993 (Japan)
An erotic poem set in the fantasies of a young male prostitute.

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James Bidgood (as Anonymous)

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James Bidgood (as Anonymous)
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Credited cast:
Don Brooks Don Brooks ... Angel
Bobby Kendall Bobby Kendall ... Pan
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An erotic poem set in the fantasies of a young male prostitute.

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A unique experience in visual fantasy!

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Drama | Fantasy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

13 March 1993 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Розовый нарцисс See more »

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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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Mono

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Color

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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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Referenced in Cutting Class: An Interview with Martin Jay Sadoff (2014) See more »

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Night on Bald Mountain
Written by Modest Mussorgsky
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Visually Fascinating Sometimes, Ambitious Always. Period Piece? Yes.
24 April 2009 | by ekebySee all my reviews

The first thing that struck me about the imagery in this film was how much the art of Pierre et Gilles owes to it. Oversaturated color, pink, blue, and yellow gels, and every object gilded and bejeweled within an inch of its life. Add chiffon, satin, and skin-tight chinos, and almost any still from this movie could be misconstrued as Pierre et Gilles.

As much as those French artists have borrowed from PN, the film itself reaches for a lot of gay iconography of the time. The street scenes seemed to be trying to animate Paul Cadmus canvases, e.g., with a pinch of Tom of Finland thrown in.

Another reviewer mentions that while the film is dated 1971, images from it appeared as early as 1964. I was a teenager in 1964, and the first thing that struck me was how early 60s Bobby Kendall (the lead) looked vis a vis hairstyle and clothes. And the props, such as they are, would now be called Hollywood Regency, and that wouldn't be far wrong. From our current perspective, I would say it's a good look back at what openly gay men looked like--or aspired to--immediately before Stonewall, and before the hippie aesthetic took over the 60s.

Correct, the film is free-form, nonlinear, yet seems to be trying to get some point across. I'm not exactly sure what that point is. It's pretty much fill-in-the-blank, it's so generalized. Something about gayness and self-revelation, but perhaps it was too early in the century for the filmmaker to be able to give us something with more emotional impact.

This isn't especially a good film, but it is an ambitious one. And it's early in gay culture. For that reason, I think it deserves to be seen, but keep your expectations low. If it had been trimmed by at least half of its 110 minutes it probably would be more highly respected today as a work of art. But then a 45 minute film wouldn't have made it into the art houses of the 70s....


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