Pink Narcissus (1971)





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Movie Info

Amidst the sumptuous pink satin, teenage beauty Bobby Kendall falls into a deep slumber of erotic reverie, entering the glorious realm of sexual fantasy--living in a dream world of fantastic colors, magnificent music, elaborate costumes and strikingly handsome men. He imagines himself as a Roman slave chosen by the emperor, as a triumphant matador vanquishing the bull, an innocent wood nymph gamboling in the woods, a harem boy in the tent of a sheik. But reality constantly intrudes through the depraved lives of the other street people, especially the visits from the johns. His narcissism is marred by one great fear--growing old and losing his looks.
Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Gay & Lesbian
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Strand Releasing


Don Brooks
as Angel
Charles Ludlam
as Salesman / Bar owner / Blind man / Pizza maker / Hindu dance

Critic Reviews for Pink Narcissus

All Critics (4)

A bracing, gorgeous combination of beefcake images, artworld photography and experimental cinema that's essential for any true film fan.

Full Review… | April 3, 2007
Shadows on the Wall

Pretentious tripe.

May 5, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

In addition to its intense, lyrical eroticism and fantastic beauty, the film evokes a genuine sense of sadness for its hero who remains the proverbial bird in a gilded cage.

Full Review… | August 21, 2003
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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July 4, 2005

Audience Reviews for Pink Narcissus


I am usually a fan of underground, experimental films but Pink Narcissus did not win me over. It has got a lot of colour set designs but it is shallow as hell, almost bored me to death.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer


The type of movie that's shot so gorgeously it carries the entire film. Director James Bidgood disowned this film after it was taken from him (after 7 years of work) and edited without his input, but it's a shame considering that what makes this film amazing his entirely his work. His lighting, framing, casting, sets and overall vision are so entrancing, beautiful, and even humorous at times that you forget there's no dialogue (and a fairly nonexistent plot). I will say, at its worst it's just overly blunt and veers on a sort of stripper-appeal that doesn't really vibe with the rest of the film (I'm thinking rather specifically about the naked man wearing only pearl necklaces waving his dick around for five minutes while a hand strokes a beaded, twisted phallus). But I'll go ahead and blame the editing for that, because visually it's still striking. It's such a shame Bidgood had such a hard time with this movie, I would absolutely have loved to have seen more from him.

Jenna Ipcar
Jenna Ipcar

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