Directed by Shirley Clarke
USA 1967

We are talking grassroots cinema here folks - Shirley Clarke's expose on a black male prostitute named Jason Holliday is the essence of the, then budding, cinema verite movement. Jason is both obtusely frank and casually open using part of the 1 1/2 hour as a confessional that lends itself to the viewer as a powerful voyeuristic fear that opens the door, perhaps further than we were intended to peer inside. Somewhere in the middle Jason performs “The Music That Makes Me Dance” (from Funny Girl) for us - it is uncannily profound and expressionistic. I might say the whole viewing alone might be worth that number. This film is as pure a cinema as many may wish to venture. When the party gets a little dull, pull this baby out and slowly rivet the room's attention. 

Gary W. Tooze

Theatrical Release: October 2nd, 1967 - NY, NY

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Distribution Second Run DVD - Region 0 - PAL
Runtime 1:38:18 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.51 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0) 
Subtitles None
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Release Information:
Studio: Second Run DVD

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Introduction by Wendy Clarke
• 
Introduction to 'Love Tapes' by Wendy Clarke
• 'Love Taps' (24:41)

• 12-page liner notes booklet with essays and photos

DVD Release Date: October 3rd, 2005

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 12

 

Comments:

Wow, you gotta hand it to Second Run DVD - how in the world did they dig up this little marvella? Not knowing what to expect I felt like I was kicked in the stomach by a horse. Second Run should additionally be complimented as this must purely be a labor of love - I can't see anyone retiring on the strength of these DVD sales. After further research I truly hope Second Run can come up with more Shirley Clarke stuff.

Frankly the image looks awful, but I suspect THIS is exactly how it does look from the best possible print (I'm still more impressed that it actually exists rather than how it look). My only real complaint is that removable subtitles would have been nice as the audio is similarly as weak as the image, but again I'm sure it would not be cost-effective. I am thrilled to have this in my collection. Second Run just keeps pumping out these rare and previously unseen delights.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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