Jack Smith and Mario Montez in Normal Love. Bob Adler.
Jack Smith and Mario Montez in Normal Love.

Jack Smith and Mario Montez in Normal Love.

New York: np, 1963. Black and white silver gelatin print. 10 x 8 in. Slight curling; else near fine. “Jack Smith during the shooting of ‘Normal Love’ / Actor: Mario Montez / photo by Bob Adler” written in unknown hand in black ink on verso; “Film-Makers’ Cooperative 414 Park Ave South NYC” written in blue ink on verso in unknown hand. Item #6277

Photograph of Jack Smith and Mario Montez by Bob Adler, from the filming of Jack Smith’s Normal Love. Shot in the summer and autumn of 1963 and first screened in 1964, the film was the assumed follow-up to Flaming Creatures, although Smith never completed an edit or screened the same version twice.

The film’s production brought together a large section of New York’s still-cohering 1960s avant-garde. The first film Andy Warhol shot was of Smith filming Normal Love (later seized by the NYPD and now lost). Jonas Mekas paid for the film stock, and the cast included Mario Montez, Tiny Tim, Eliot Cukor, Tony Conrad, Diane di Prima, Beverly Grant, and John Vaccaro. While shooting the film, Smith gave Mario Montez (formerly René Rivera) his new name, after the languorous B movie star Maria Montez.

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