Portrait of Jason

Shirley Clarke filmed gay actor, hustler, chanteuse Jason Holliday's 12-hour soliloquy, creating a documentary that Ingmar Bergman said was "the most extraordinary film... Read more

Portrait of Jason

Directed by Shirley Clarke

Year: 1967
Running Time: 105
Color Type: B&W
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Subjects: LGBTQ
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Portrait of Jason

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Jason Holliday
Shirley Clarke

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Directed by Shirley Clarke


On December 2, 1966, director Shirley Clarke and a miniscule film crew gathered in her apartment at the Hotel Chelsea. Bestowed for twelve hours with the one-and-only Jason Holliday, Clarke confronted the iconic performer about his good times and bad behavior as a gay hustler, on-and-off houseboy and aspiring cabaret performer. As the cameras rolled and Holliday spun tales, sang songs and donned costumes through the night, a mesmerizing portrait formed of a remarkable man. Ingmar Bergman called it “the most extraordinary film I’ve seen in my life,” but audiences may know it better as PORTRAIT OF JASON, a funny, stinging and painful meditation on pride and prejudice through the eyes of a legendary figure.

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