New York: 1965. Black and white silver gelatin print, 8 x 10 in., very good. Holograph notation on recto with measurement instructions for publication in Film Culture and on verso, likely in the hand of Gerard Malanga and editorial staff of Film Culture. Item #5906
Photographic print of two frames of the film strip of Mario Montez in Warhol’s Screen Test, his long-running film portraiture series, as published in Film Culture No. 38.
Montez was a Warhol Superstar, starring in Batman Dracula, Harlot, Camp, Chelsea Girls, Hedy, and others. Outside of his sustained collaborations with Warhol, Mario Montez is maybe most well-known for the starring role in Jack Smith’s groundbreaking experimental film Flaming Creatures. He was also a co-founder of Charles Ludman’s Ridiculous Theatrical Company, which used Montez’ SoHo loft as a rehearsal space. A staple of the New York artistic underground of the 1960’s, Montez’ impact on the scene is often understated. This shot from Mario Montez’ Screen Test was published in Jonas Mekas’ publication Film Culture No. 38.