New York: 1965. Mimeograph flyer. Double-sided. Fair condition, edges chipped and creased, paper brittle. Item #5121
A flyer with illustration by Jack Smith for a program of movies created by Smith featuring Mario Montez at the City Hall Cinema on June 25 and 26, 1965. Verso of flyer is the program, including Normal Love and Andy Warhol movies, among other shorts.
Montez was born René Rivera in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and 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. It was at Smith’s suggestion that 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.