Pink Narcissus (1971)
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Critic Reviews for Pink Narcissus
A bracing, gorgeous combination of beefcake images, artworld photography and experimental cinema that's essential for any true film fan.
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.
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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.
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.
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