1966. Item #4599
Striking and extremely rare poster for what is perhaps Warhol’s most important film. My Hustler stars Ed Hood, and Paul America as the titular blonde hustler, with appearances by Joseph Campbell, Genevieve Charbin, and Dorothy Dean. Directed by Andy Warhol and Chuck Wein, with Paul Morrissey as camera and audio operator, the film was shot over Labor Day Weekend 1965 on Fire Island. The first Warhol film that Morrissey worked on, the film utilized camera movement and sound synchronization, techniques Warhol had never used in his films. My Hustler premiered in January 1966 at the Film-makers’ Cinematheque, playing every night at midnight from January through April before opening nationally in summer 1966.
One of Warhol’s most well-known and widely discussed films, it was also his first film to make money, grossing $4,000 from its initial run at the Filmmaker’s Cinematheque. Due to its explicitly gay subject matter, My Hustler screenings were often subjected to plainclothes police surveillance during its theatrical run throughout 1966, culminating in Filmmakers’ Cinematheque receiving a summons on April 12 to a hearing to revoke their operating license. However, with the help of the New York Civil Liberties Union, the charges were dropped and the Cinematheque continued to screen transgressive and homosexual films to the benefit of all New Yorkers.