New York: City Hall Cinema, 1965. Mimeograph from typescript and holograph. 8 1/2 x 11 in. Embrittled with some chipping to edges, not obstructing image or text; very good. Item #5121
Mimeograph flyer for a program of movies featuring Mario Montez at the City Hall Cinema on Friday June 25 and Saturday June 26, 1965.
Printed to recto reproducing an illustration by Jack Smith and to verso with the program which included Normal Love, Andy Warhol movies, and several Piero Heliczer and Bill Vehr shorts.
Montez, born René Rivera in Ponce, Puerto Rico, grew up in East Harlem; in 1960, the performer met Jack Smith, and appeared in his seminal underground film Flaming Creatures. At Smith’s suggestion, Rivera would take the name Mario Montez in homage to the 1940s Hollywood B movie actress Maria Montez - whose languid filmic artifice was a central inspiration for Smith. Montez would also appear in Normal Love, No President, and other shorts, as well as thirteen films by Andy Warhol, who would coopt Smith’s use of the term “superstar” to describe Montez and other underground performers. Montez is further noted for being the one of the only people around Andy Warhol’s factory scene to hold a day job.