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Paul Swan

Directed by Andy Warhol
United States, 1965
Biography, Avant-Garde


Portrait of the dancer once billed as “the most beautiful man in the world.” In 1965, Swan was eighty-two years old and still performing his aesthetic dance routines in weekly salons. Here he dances in skimpy costumes that he spends a great deal of the time getting into and out of.

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Paul Swan Directed by Andy Warhol

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  • José Neves's rating of the film Paul Swan

    Together with Shirley Clarke's "Portrait of Jason" (also about a person wider than reality, a creature of himself), this is the most singular picture that independent cinema has given us in which the filmmaker, along with the manipulative and self-conscious game of the figure portrayed in the film -and its only figure -, enters his spiral of (re)construction and return it intact like a tale, in a state of sideration.

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