Johnny Minotaur

Johnny Minotaur
Charles Henri Ford, USA/Greece, 1971
16mm, 80’

Surrealist poet and artist Charles Henri Ford’s Johnny Minotaur is a lyrical explosion of taboos: incest, intergenerational desire, pansexuality and autoeroticism are a few of the issues he grapples with through mythopoeic, sensual imagery, recitations of his diaries and a philosophical debate featuring an impressive narration by such artists as Salvador Dali, Allen Ginsberg, Warren Sonbert and Lynne Tillman. The Minotaur myth becomes so thoroughly and complexly warped – by the filters of lust, Cretan sunlight, and Ford’s phantasmagoric mind – that we become trapped in the films labyrinth, not emerging even when the last frame flashes by. Avant-garde film archive The Film-Makers Cooperative handled the restoration of this rare film, which has never been digitized and remained unseen for more than two decades, resuscitating this classic yet forgotten chapter of queer cinema.

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