As this year’s Scalarama screening, Curzon Enthusiasms presents a double-bill close to the heart of the original Scala, which was London’s leading LGBT+ cinema. Rediscovered in 1987, the hazy, sexually charged Pink Narcissus (1971) was a revelation for cinephile audiences.
Opulent and gaudy, dazzling in its good and bad taste, this surreal Genet-inspired film is a landmark at the juncture of the gay underground tradition and the gay porno industry. It’s paired here with Kenneth Anger’s short Scorpio Rising (1963), the influential leader of the pack for pop videos and a generation of filmmakers, including David Lynch.
Both films are amongst the ten most played titles in the history of the Scala and will be presented on celluloid. After the screening there will be a Q&A with Jane Giles, whose book Scala Cinema 1978-1993contains a complete collection of monthly programmes alongside a social history and is published this month by FAB Press.
Scorpio Rising will screen on 16mm and Pink Narcissus on 35mm film.
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