A young man embarks on a journey of erotic fantasy where the subject of his desires is himself. –BFI
James Bidgood (born March 28, 1933 in Madison, Wisconsin) is an American contemporary artist living and working in New York City. His artistic output has embraced a number of media and disciplines, including music, set and window design, and drag performance. In time his interests led him to photography and film and it is for this work that he is most widely known. Highly recognizable, his photographs are distinguished by an aesthetic of high fantasy and camp. His work which was inspired by an early interest in Florenz Ziegfeld, Folies Bergère, and George Quaintance has, in turn, served as important inspiration for a slew of artists including Pierre et Gilles and David LaChapelle. In the late 1950s Bidgood attended Parsons The New School for Design. Bidgood directed the 1971 film Pink Narcissus, a dialogue-free fantasy centered around a young and often naked man. The film took seven years to make, and Bidgood built all the sets and filmed the entire piece in his tiny apartment… read more
Sternberg boasted that except for the sea everything in Anatahan was artifice. Well here everything even the sky is. Imagination here might seem liberating but produces endless variations on the same theme. The Image might seem inviting but is completely closed off in a solipsistic world. Yet it is set off against a grimmer street Reality. If you can bear this & the endless undressings for 60+ min more power to you.
Bet you can't eat just one! Taste it! Taste it! Get'em while you're HOT!, invites you the neon city lights. Once you accepted this erotic fantasy journey, there's no coming back. Pink Narcissus is an inevitable one-hour boner, a mindblowing trip and one of the highlights in gay cinema. Psychedelic poetry.