Johnny Minotaur

Johnny Minotaur

USA, 1971, 80 Minute Running Time

MM Serra will present the premiere of the newly restored 16mm print of Johnny Minotaur. Featuring narration by Allen Ginsberg and Salvador Dali.

"(Johnny Minotaur) made a brief appearance here in 1971, was drubbed by the critics, and disappeared at once. Like his poetry the film is frank, American, homoerotic, mystically giddy and somewhat undervalued. The thin plot involves a middle-aged expatriate living in Crete, the pliancy of local youth, and a grasping niece who appears to threaten the dully domestic bliss..... As image poem, the film is inspired. A horny youth masturbates in a hollowed melon, a naked woman wraps and unwraps herself in the folds of a swinging hammock; three adolescents who could only have been dreamed of by Van Gloeden wash each other in an outdoor shower." --Guy Trebay, Village Voice

Johnny Minotaur is about the abandonment of standards, the giving up of self to luxury, pleasure, and physical desire. It is revealing as a study in corruption.
--Tom Seligson, Evergreen Review No. 92, September 1971

MM Serra is an experimental filmmaker, curator, author, and the Executive Director of Film-Makers' Cooperative, the world's oldest and largest archive of independent media. She teaches in the Media Studies program at the New School for Social Research on topics such as horror films, sex and gender as well as Avant-Garde and the Moving Image. Serra presented a lecture at the University Seminar on Cinema and Interdisciplinary Interpretation on “The New American Visions Series" in September 2012.

The New American Cinema Group / Film-Makers' Cooperative

Interdisciplinary Association for Creative Initiatives

DIRECTOR: Charles Henri Ford

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