Portrait of Jason

Portrait of Jason · Portrait of Jason

Shirley Clarke

1967, USA, 105'

Identities 2019

28 Nov 2019 · Passos Manuel · 19H00

This is a film that plays with complexities. While it was shot in a cinema vérité style, the film’s subject is a man who readily admits to deceiving everyone — and may be lying to the camera. Was Clarke giving Jason Holliday a stage on which to perform in what he calls his “moment,” or just using him? She worried about that herself. Almost fifty years after it was filmed, Portrait of Jason is also a potent reminder of what the world was like for black gay men in the heat of the Civil Rights movement and before the Stonewall Uprising.

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