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Portrait of Jason

Director(s)
Shirley Clarke
Country
USA
Year
1967
Language
English
Duration
105 min

DeuXX is excited to bring to Montreal the restoration of Shirley Clarke’s powerhouse of cinema verite, Portrait of Jason. Clarke is a major figure in America avant garde cinema and a master documenter of performance.

“[Portrait of Jason] says more about race, class, and sexuality than just about any movie before or since.” Film Comment

Clarke produced, edited, directed and provided voiceover for this landmark in cinema verité The film was famously shot in a marathon 12-hour period in December 1966 in Clarke’s room at the legendary Chelsea Hotel in New York. The film consists entirely of an interview with a young black hustler and entertainer, Jason Holliday (né Aaron Payne). Holliday is absolutely riveting, and it is only he who fills the screen for the entire running time, waxing poetic about his childhood to his life as a prostitute. The film has received criticisms for its handling of Jason but he himself, a master performer, alluded to the fact that he understood that he was both exploiting and being exploited at the same time. At times troubling, heartbreaking and hilarious, the film is never boring and stays with you long after the credits disappear. Swedish director and master auteur, Ingmar Bergman, has called it “the most fascinating film I’ve ever seen.” Agreed.

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Director(s)
Shirley Clarke
Country
USA
Year
1967
Language
English
Duration
105 min
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