JULY 2005 (2)
GLAMOUR GLORY & GOLD FILM IN PRODUCTION
Erin Hadley as Nola Noonan
in the final scene of the film version of
Jackie Curtis' Glamour, Glory and Gold
Shooting has begun on the film version of Jackie Curtis' play, Glamour, Glory and Gold. The film is being directed by Jackie Curtis' cousin, Joe Preston, who also directed the stage revival of the play at La Mama E.T.C. in 2003. The last scene of the film was shot first - at the historic West Yard of St. Mark's Church on 10th Street and 2nd Avenue.
Erin Hadley is playing the lead role of Nola Noonan - sporting vintage jewelry from the 1930s and 40s provided by Mr. Roger Chin of New York. The part of Nola was first played by Melba LaRose in the original production of the stage version in the late 1960s. LaRose later went on to found the multi-cultural theatre company, NY Artists Unlimited (www.nyartists.org) and has recently been listed in Who's Who in America.
Ed Snyder wrote the script for the film version which is being shot on video by "The Video Guys," Donald and Dushka. The website for the film is at www.glamourgloryandgold.com.
Footage of the 1974 stage production of Glamour, Glory and Gold, with Jackie Curtis in the lead role, is included in the DVD extras of Craig Highberger's documentary, Superstar in a Housedress: The Life and Legend of Jackie Curtis.
FLESH/TRASH/HEAT BOX SET TO BE RELEASED IN UK
Tartan is releasing a 3 DVD box set of Flesh, Trash and Heat on July 25, 2005 in the U.K. The retail price will be £39.99 although Amazon is currently offering a 25% discount on pre-orders.
These films - all directed by Paul Morrissey while he was still working for Warhol - are classics and are not to be missed. Some of the many memorable moments include Joe Dallesandro modeling nude in Flesh; Holly ("trust me") Woodlawn seducing and shooting up a young student (her boyfriend in real life) on his way to the Fillmore in Trash; and Andrea Feldman's hilarious performance as Sylvia Miles' daughter in Heat.
Both Flesh and Trash had problems with the censors when first shown in the U.K. The venue showing Flesh was raided by police on February 3, 1970 and the print confiscated. MPs in the Commons came to the defense of the film and it was eventually granted a certificate by the British Board of Film Censors. The head of the BBFC first saw Trash during the Andy Warhol exhibit at the Tate Museum in February 1971. On September 21, 1971, the Greater London Council refused to grant permission for the public exhibition of the film although it was shown at the London Film Festival in November 1971. In July 1972, discussions were held with Paul Morrissey and 3 1/2 minutes of the film were cut, resulting in a X rating certificate issued on November 17, 1972. The U.K. distributor, Vaughan Films finally booked Trash into the London Pavilion for its opening on February 8, 1973.
Trash at the London Pavilion 1973
(Photo: Mark Lancaster)
Although Heat escaped censorship problems in the U.K., it was controversial for a different reason in the U.S. One of its stars, Andrea Feldman, committed suicide two months prior to its premiere in New York and some critics thought that showing her brilliantly insane performance in Heat was in bad taste. Peter Schjeldahl wrote in the New York Times, "Miss Feldman, with her twisted little face and frightening laugh, was clearly in a bad way, and the pitiless exposure of her suicidal mood makes Heat a repellent document." (JOE109)
Feldman's suicide was less of a concern in Hollywood when Heat was first shown there at a special celebrity preview at the Directors Guild. Among those attending were Lorne Greene, George Cukor, Rona Barrett, Ann Miller, Goldie Hawn and Lucie Arnaz with her boyfriend, Jim Bailey. Bailey was famous for his stage show in which he impersonated Judy Garland. Bob Colacello attended the screening with Warhol and Paul Morrissey:
Bob Colacello: "Heat was a big hit with the Hollywood crowd. Rona [Barrett] told Sylvia [Miles] she was a cinch for an Oscar and Sylvia hiccupped her thanks. George Cukor... told Paul it was a great film, and Christopher Isherwood, the famous writer, posed for and signed a whole roll of Polaroids for Andy. Ann Miller did another little tap dance and pronounced Heat 'kicky.' Lorne Greene found the film 'funny, but don't ask me why.' Only Lucie Arnaz and Jim Bailey were unenthusiastic. He thought Heat was 'unbelievable' and she concurred. 'I can't say I liked it. The characters were too strange.' 'But her boyfriend's a drag queen,' Andy kept muttering. 'Impressionist, Andy, impressionist,' Paul jokingly reminded him. 'Listen, Paul, I know a drag queen when I see one, and she's got a lot of nerve calling our movie strange.' (HT136)
The current issue of arts and fashion magazine, Lid, is devoted to the Warhol era and includes an interview with Billy Name (with full page photos by Name of various Warhol stars, including a double page photo of Warhol and Jasper Johns); an interview with Gerard Malanga with photos by Malanga including one of Holly Woodlawn striking a pose in front of the Chelsea Hotel in 1971; photographs of Nico and the Velvet Underground by Paul Morrissey; an interview with Serendipity owner, Stephen Bruce and and a tour of Warhol's New York by Joseph X. Burke.
Many of the photographs published in this issue have never been published before and the quality of the reproductions is excellent. Other articles include a fashion shoot by Dagon James, a collection of photos by Carl Fischer, an interview with author J.T. Leroy by Jason Banker and an article on the Moussem of Tan-Tan in Morocco by Marisa Berenson with photos taken by Berenson.
Lid is co-published by Dagon James and ex-factoryite, David Croland who recalls meeting Warhol and his "core group of inspirationals" in the magazine:David Croland: "I met Andy Warhol with Gerard Malanga and Susan Bottomly [International Velvet] one day in New York when I was leaving a boutique on Madison Avenue. I heard a voice say 'Get that boy!' They got me. Susan Bottomly also got me for three years... (And I got Them). We hung around new York, we flew to Paris and Cannes to show The Chelsea Girls. We had dinner with Brigitte Bardot in Saint-Tropez. We flew to London to have dinner with Paul McCartney and lunch with Mick Jagger. We flew back to New York to hang out with Ourselves. It was a wild ride that did not slow down. For twenty years. I know why people are so interested in that time. It was more than INTERESTING!"
Lid no. 2 can be ordered from the Lid website at: www.worldoflid.com.
The Blaffer Gallery at the University of Houston is currently hosting POPulence - a group exhibit of 19 artists curated by David Pagel. According to Pagel, "Pop is much more sophisticated now... Color is more subtle, and stylistically it's not just a mocking of 'serious' artists anymore. There is elegance and refinement, even in work like Lari Pittman's, with its goofy elements."
Although the "pop" credentials of most of the artists in the exhibit are rather nebulous, it does contain several interesting examples of "kitsch", including what is probably the most well-known work on display - Jeff Koons' 1986 Italian Woman. In addition to Koons and Pittman, the show includes work by Tony Berlant, L.C. Armstrong, David Reed, Fred Tomaselli, Kim Squaglia, Rachel Hecker and Polly Apfelbaums. The website for the gallery is at: www.blaffergallery.org.
ANDY WARHOL BIRTHDAY EXHIBIT
Andy Warhol's birth is to be honored at the Shoreham Hotel in New York with an exhibit featuring the photography of Billy Name. A "superstar-studded" event is planned on the opening night - August 3, 2005, just three days prior to Warhol's actual birthday. In addition to 25 photographs of the era by Billy Name, the exhibit will also include one work each from Patrick McMullan, Mick Rock, Ultra Violet and others. American Photo magazine is sponsoring the show (www.americanphotomag.com). The website for the Shoreham Hotel is at: www.shorehamhotel.com.
TOP SHOP GOES POP
(or at least "Beat")
Top Shop, one of the largest high street retailers in the U.K. is planning to introduce a clothing range based on what is being referred to in the fashion press as Edie Sedgwick's "beatnik" look (i.e. a jumper or blouse worn over tights or leggings). Earlier this year - in January 2005 - John Galliano used Sedgwick as inspiration for a clothing range for his black-and-white collection in his spring/summer haute couture collection for Christian Dior. Two months later he continued the theme in his autumn/winter ready-to-wear collection for Dior. Now the high street shops are following his lead. In addition to Top Shop's clothing range, both Marks and Spencer's and Asda's "George" label are bringing out a range of "beatnik" inspired clothing in the Autumn.
Amazon is currently offering a 30% discount on the book .45 Dangerous Minds: The Most Intense Interviews from Seconds Magazine - a compilation of articles that appeared in the "cutting edge" magazine, Seconds, which was published during the late 1980s through the 1990s. Included in the book is the magazine's 1999 feature on the Warhol factory with interviews of Billy Name, Paul Morrissey, Holly Woodlawn and Joe Dallesandro. Other interesting interviewees include Charles Manson, Bobby Beausoleil, Jayne County, Allen Ginsberg, Ron Jeremy, Anton LaVey, Ed Sanders and Marilyn Manson, among others. Back issues of Seconds are available from their website at www.secondsmagazine.com.
The book is published by Creation Books. Previous Warhol related books published by Creation include Gerard Malanga's Archiving Warhol and the excellent Naked Lens: Beat Cinema - which contains interviews with Taylor Mead and Jonas Mekas. The website for Creation is at www.creationbooks.com.
The Tate Modern in London is currently hosting an exhibition titled Open Systems: Rethinking Art c. 1970, including work by Andy Warhol - as well as Robert Smithson, Eva Hesse, John Baldessari, Gilbert and George, Donald Judd and Gerhard Richter, among others. Full details at www.tate.org.uk.