Ronnie Burk visits Charles Henri Ford in NYC
Excerpt of Out of the Maze: The Preservation and Censorship of Johnny Minotaur, a Queer Cinema Classic, from the Issue Vol. 42, No. 3.
Decked out in horn-rimmed glasses, a skin-tight black dress, and Bettie Page bangs with long, dyed red hair, MM Serra, director of the New American Cinema Group (the Film-Makers’ Cooperative), paces at the front of a sparsely filled movie theater at the Sie FilmCenter in Denver, Colorado, where she nervously introduces the US premiere of the restored print of Charles Henri Ford’s 1971 film Johnny Minotaur, and lectures the audience about the film’s recent history of censorship.
Johnny Minotaur plays. It is a diary film wavering between high theory, Jungian imagery, and bawdy lust. The voices of experimental filmmaker Warren Sonbert, surrealist painter Salvador Dalí, and poet Allen Ginsberg accompany a nonlinear story about the making of a film about the Minotaur myth….
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