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Portrait of Jason Reviews

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Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

April 24, 2013
Every interview is a performance.

And you are very unlikely to see one as entertaining as the one in the case of Jason Holliday(ne Aron Payne), hustler and house boy extraordinaire, who is attempting to put his vast experiences together into a nightclub act, thus enlivening that particular American trait for reinvention. At the same time, the only name dropping he does concerns Miles Davis which considering what has been written by and about Davis, it is not out of the realm of possibility that he did know a few hustlers in his time. And even though Jason also covers some very serious material like his abusive father, he remains garrulous throughout, occasionally taking puffs on a joint.

Even when the video fails at one point, the filmmakers do their best to keep the audio going, in order to record as much of Jason's story as they can.(The boom mike also puts in an appearance.) Otherwise, scenes are marked by the imaqe fading in and out. That pattern continues until almost the end when the filmmakers begin to call out Jason about some of his stories.
June 22, 2013
I went into this blind, which, in hindsight, was probably a mistake. Knowing nothing about the man or the film ahead of time made his one-man monologue a bit tedious. While technically an interview, all we really see are his reactions to questions. And those reactions are split in with his laugh, making it hard for me to follow.
January 3, 2014
A spectacularly entertaining hour and a half with Jason Holliday (aka Aaron Payne), a flamboyant homosexual prostitute, sometime houseboy and aspiring night club entertainer. He gets progressively drunker as he regales Shirley Clarke and her crew with a series of fascinating stories and reflections. Things get hairy near the end as personal relations between Shirley, Jason and her crew bleed into the film.
April 26, 2013
Portrait of Jason is a vital document of many important social and cultural themes - homosexuality, racial politics, class stratification, and the changing face of New York in the 60s on one hand; cinema verité, documentary film, and NYC underground cinema on the other. As someone coming to this film without any firsthand knowledge of New York City in the 1960s, Jason is still captivatingly relevant in a modern and mainstream setting like the IFC center, in 2013, in the heart of Greenwich Village. Jason may very well change your life, but at the very least he'll keep you entertained for an hour and 45 minutes.
Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

April 24, 2013
Every interview is a performance.

And you are very unlikely to see one as entertaining as the one in the case of Jason Holliday(ne Aron Payne), hustler and house boy extraordinaire, who is attempting to put his vast experiences together into a nightclub act, thus enlivening that particular American trait for reinvention. At the same time, the only name dropping he does concerns Miles Davis which considering what has been written by and about Davis, it is not out of the realm of possibility that he did know a few hustlers in his time. And even though Jason also covers some very serious material like his abusive father, he remains garrulous throughout, occasionally taking puffs on a joint.

Even when the video fails at one point, the filmmakers do their best to keep the audio going, in order to record as much of Jason's story as they can.(The boom mike also puts in an appearance.) Otherwise, scenes are marked by the imaqe fading in and out. That pattern continues until almost the end when the filmmakers begin to call out Jason about some of his stories.
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