From: Fred Camper (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Sep 10 2009 - 21:25:54 PDT
Quoting "k. a.r." <email suppressed>:
> I wonder, is that the film where a goat steps on a naked lady's bare chest?
It was at the New York Filmmakers Coop, and we rented it from them and
showed it at MIT in 1970 or 1971. It *was* "misunderstood" -- suddenly
kids from the dorms who never came to our shows were there for the
"porn." Jonas Mekas had attacked the final section, using,
inappropriately, words like "child molesting," though no adults were
involved in the final section, which is playful, and has no actual
sex. Perhaps Stan felt that if even Jonas could misunderstand it...
There was a very Brakhage-like logic to the four sections: straights,
gays, dogs and children all manifesting their own unique forms of
sexuality. I remember him saying that he had the most trouble of all
filming the dogs, who did not want to be filmed "doing it."
I think it's a great film, but I don't think it's close to his
greatest. It's one of a long line of films in which he applied his
techniques to particular subjects, rather than breaking new ground,
which he was also constantly doing.
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