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Pleasures and Portraits

Magazine article Filmmaker

Pleasures and Portraits

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MILESTONE FILMS - NOVEMBER 11

PORTRAIT OF JASON

One-man show, fueled by one scotch bottle, in Shirley Clarke's living room, one tough night only: Portrait of Jason is a spontaneous monologue delivered by hustler/aspirant cabaret artist Jason Holliday. Prompted and interrogated by a sometimes-exasperated crew, Jason is sharp on race and sex and self-deluding about himself. If his bravado is a necessary survival skill for survival as a queer black man in mid-20th-century America, there's still a queasy charge in experiencing repeated whiplash as a viewer pinging back and forth between empathy and revulsion. This second volume in Milestone's restorations of Clarke's work is released the same day as her Ornette: Made in America. - Vadim Rizov

CRITERION COLLECTION - DECEMBER 9

SAFE

Part Red Desert, part Jeanne Dielman and all chilly control from start to finish, Todd Haynes' first collaboration of three with Julianne Moore is the unsettling story of Los Angeles housewife Carol White, who becomes ill for no apparent reason. …

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