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James Broughton

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James Broughton (November 10, 1913–May 17, 1999) was "first and foremost a poet", a playwright, and avant-garde filmmaker. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Broughton [Sept 2005]

The Bed (1967) - James Broughton

The Bed (1968) - James Broughton

A perfect visual representation of the polymorphously perverse eroticism of the American counterculture and its Zen-like acceptance of all sexes and possibilities as one. Even the camera angle emphasizes the casualness and joyful abandon with which sex is viewed by the moment.

The entire cast of this delightful, wise manifesto of counterculture sensibility performs in the nude. An ornate bed, magically located in a meadow, provides as always, the stage for man's most significantmoments; birth, sex, death. The actors, who exuberantly perform scenes of the human comedy, include Imogene Cunningham, AlanW atts, and other San Francisco artists and writers. While even avant-garde nudity seems often to betray an absence of joyful or uncomplicated sex, The Bed displays a smiling, polymorphously-perverse eroticism.

For once, penises appear in love scenes, but they are limp, denoting not impotence but the precise moment in time at which this film was made. --via the 2005 reprint of Film As a Subversive Art (1974) - Amos Vogel

The Golden Positions (1971) - James Broughton and Kermit Sheets

The Golden Positions (1971) - James Broughton and Kermit Sheets

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