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 flier for a program of movies created 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, becoming his muse and lover and appearing in Smith’s seminal underground film Flaming Creatures (1962-63) as Dolores Flores. At Smith’s suggestion, Rivera would take the name Mario Montez in homage to the campy 1940s Hollywood B movie actress Maria Montez. He would go on to appear in Smith’s Normal Love, No President, and other shorts, as well as thirteen films by Andy Warhol, who would co-opt Smith’s use of the term “superstar” to describe Montez and other underground performers.