Previously at the ICA - Films

James Bidgood, Pink Narcissus, 1971

ICA Cinematheque: Skin Flicks

3 Aug 201314 Aug 2013

Running parallel to the Keep Your Timber Limber exhibition in the upper and lower galleries, this ICA Cinematheque series navigates the subversive drawings of Robert Crumb and the leather-clad iconography of Tom of Finland in a triptych of 35mm screenings.

Crumb
Director: Terry Zwigoff. 1994. US, 120 mins. 35mm

Filmed over six years by Terry Zwigoff, this outstanding documentary about legendary underground artist Robert Crumb (best known as the creator of Fritz The Cat and the ubiquitous 'Keep on Trucking' pop artwork) is a remarkable, funny and often disturbing portrait of the artist and his family.

Pink Narcissus
Director: James Bidgood. 1971. US, 64 mins. 35mm

Pink Narcissus is a breath-taking and outrageous erotic poem focussing on the daydreams of a beautiful boy prostitute who, from the seclusion of his ultra-kitsch apartment, conceives a series of interlinked narcissistic fantasies populated by matadors, dancing boys, slaves and leather-clad bikers.

The film was shrouded in mystery following its 1971 release, its creator credited only as 'Anonymous' and falsely attributed to filmmakers including Kenneth Anger and Andy Warhol, before being rediscovered and revealed as the work of artist and photographer James Bidgood. It was shot in a haphazard, piecemeal fashion between 1964 and 1970 on 8mm, mainly in Bidgood's small apartment. Its cult status endures - as does adoration for its star - the gorgeous and enigmatic Bobby Kendall.

Daddy & the Muscle Academy
Director: Ilppo Pohjola. 1991. Finland, 58 mins. 35mm

The documentary Daddy & the Muscle Academy is the story of gay artist Tom of Finland. The viewer is treated to hundreds of vividly rendered portraits of male models, ranging from Drummer Daddies to fellow artists. Tom's sketches and paintings are grouped by subject matter, with emphasis on various forms of fetishism. The film includes interviews with the artist's models, associates and intimates, not to mention a dramatized journey into "Tom's soul".

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