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Portrait Of Jason

United States | 1967 | Shirley Clarke

 Portrait Of Jason

This unique work that Ingmar Bergman called "the most extraordinary film I've seen in my life" was shot by indie giant Shirley Clarke in her Chelsea Hotel apartment during one marathon, 12-hour session that started at 9 pm on 12/2/66. Jason Holliday, a flamboyant, gay, 33-year-old African-American hustler and aspiring cabaret singer, recounts his tortured, troubled life for Clarke's camera. He is drinking. Clarke continually goads Jason for more stories, more songs, more truth (was he making this stuff up?). Eventually his grandly theatrical façade shatters. This new restoration of Clarke’s cinéma vérité classic has a 100% “fresh” rating on RottenTomatoes.com. "Says more about race, class, and sexuality than just about any movie before or since." -Village Voice.

http://projectshirley.com/portraitofjason.html

105 min. Cleveland revival premiere. New 35mm Restoration!

Saturday 12/7
Sunday 12/8
9:25 pm
6:30 pm
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