Joe Dallesandro was the rebellious male sex symbol, icon of gay subculture, and underground movie star of the late sixties and early seventies. Ibid So, instead of making a film about a boxer, they made another film about a hustler, with Paul Morrissey saying that his inspiration for the film came from the Mauro Bolognini film, La Giornata Balorda script by Pier Paolo Pasolini. I had fun doing them, though. Wow, these are gorgeous. I got to work with a lot of great directors.
Fans of Joe Dallesandro will no doubt enjoy his frequent exposure he provides most of the flesh of the title. Joe stark naked is crouching on the floor feeding crumbs of cake to his little baby. It is rough, and indeed a weaker effort than Trash or Heat, but nonetheless presents a collection of perfectly plausible characters in a light of almost absolute neutrality. That has nothing to do with who I am as a person. Yes, at a screening for the trade, to coin a phrase.
1k ANDY WARHOL'S FLESH German poster '68 naked Joe Dallesandro & infant by Francesco Scavullo!
Patti D'Arbanville makes a short appearance as well as Joe's real life brother Bob who died a couple of years later. How much of it is the real you? These movies are only on display at the ICA because the place has found a loophole in the censorship law. Presumably censor Stephen Murphy will take another two years before deciding to allow Heat to be shown to the public. That manhood contained every aspect, from the strong, virile and dominant one, to ambiguity and bisexuality, to the effeminate one. It might be just for his looks that the reason we care to watch his character's day play out so much is because he's so incredibly gorgeous, but in any matter it still makes us care what happens to the character, which is something any film should try to do. Fuck knows what what they're doing here, let alone on a Dallesandro thread.
Joe runs into some other hustlers on the street, younger ones who sorta look at Joe with respect, because he's the more experienced Hustler, and they being ones who want to learn more. There was no gay respectability movement. Although the film opens with the credit "Andy Warhol Presents", it was actually written, photographed and directed by cult film-maker Paul Morrissey according to Morrissey, all Warhol provided was money and publicity. Yet when Morrissey chooses to include one, the way he includes it we sort of piece it together , it's startling, such as one conversation between Dallesandro and a newbie hustler -- and neither of them ever mentioning the word "gay" or "hustler. You need to complete your profile.