Steve Arnold, The Liberation of The Mannique Mechanique (US/1967/15 min.)
“A haunting, genuinely decadent work about mannequins that may be real and girls that may be models, journeying through strange universes towards possible self-discovery. An exorbitant, perverse sensibility informs the ambiguous images and events.” (Amos Vogel)
Steve Arnold, Luminous Procuress (US/1971/74 mins)
“A major avant-garde success in the early 1970s, this film by Steven Arnold was shot in San Francisco and features the legendary comedy/drag group The Cockettes. We follow two naive young men in their journey through an elaborate bordello comprised of a strange combination of cloisters and chambers, jungle grottos and ivied forests, banquet halls and temples–all of it located in an undefinable area of time and space. Bizarre and erotic, Luminous Procuress was greeted with rave reviews by even mainstream critics when it was released in 1971. Molly Haskell in the Village Voice called it “a West coast Satyricon” while the L.A. Times said it is a “strangely compelling, highly imaginative work of unabashed hedonism.”
Presented in conjunction with the List Center’s exhibition Virtuoso Illusion: Cross Dressing and the New Media Avant-Garde. The program was organized by List Center adjunct film curator John Gianvito.
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