Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pink Narcissus

1971 American Feature

Cast: Bobby Kendall, Don Brooks and Charles Ludlam
Writer/Director: James Bidgood

While lounging alone in his apartment between visits from his john, a handsome male prostitute escapes the harsh certainty of his life by fantasizing himself as a matador, a Roman slave and a harem boy.



  • DVD: Available


  • Shot on 8 mm film, almost all of Pink Narcissus was produced in writer/director James Bidgood's small New York apartment over a seven year period, from 1963 to 1970. It was initially released without Bidgood's consent, who was thus credited as "Anonymous".
  • Because the name of the filmmaker was not widely known, there were rumors that Andy Warhol or Kenneth Anger were behind it. In the mid-1990s, writer Bruce Benderson, who was obsessed with the film, began a search for its maker based on several leads and finally verified that it was James Bidgood, who was still living in Manhattan.
  • James Bidgood's unmistakable kitschy style has later been imitated and refined by artists such as Pierre et Gilles.

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