Part of Queer Qlassics.
Wed Jul 24, 7:00pm: Intro from film critic and Queer Qlassics co-programmer Jason Shawhan. (Due to family issues, Arthur Kirby is unable to introduce.) BUY TICKETS
As an artist, David Hockney’s work explored the continuum spanning desire and distance. He had both an architect’s eye for physical space and structure and a pleasure-seeker’s gift for making the sensual into something concrete. To see a Hockney was to see complex emotional portraits in the midst of iconography written in flesh and environment.
Following a devastating breakup with lover Peter Schlesinger, Hockney is adrift and unable to paint. Uncertain as to who he is, he pinballs around the world, invited on the coattails of a reputation that opened so many doors but now threatens to drag him down into the unseeable. This hallucinatory document, equal parts biography, fictional memoir and fever dream, is a masterwork of artistic unease. In the almost five decades since its release (even with the industries of documentary cinema and reality television cross-pollinating and yielding new types of fame and infamy), there is still nothing else quite like it.
New 4K DCP restoration from Metrograph Pictures.
“A too-little-seen masterpiece of queer cinema…[and] an early entry into the documentary/narrative hybrid genre, the film honors Hockney and his mesmerizing work with a portrait of the artist worthy of his creative genius.” —Jude Dry, IndieWire “...Among the most strikingly original films on a modern artist.” —Philip French, Guardian
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