Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Warhol’s “Lonseome Cowboys” Showing To Benefit Center Advocates

Milwaukee - The Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival and the UWM Union Theatre will present a special screening of Andy Warhol’s 1968 film “Lonesome Cowboys” Thursday, January 26 at 7pm. The screening will take place at the UWM Union Theatre Lonesome Cowboysin the UWM Student Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Admission for this evening’s screening is free, but attendees will be encouraged to donate to the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center Advocates’ “No on the Amendment” Coalition. Donations of any size will be accepted.
Festival Director Carl Bogner explained with the current fascination with Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain,” was the impetus of what some critics call the “original gay cowboy movie.””We felt like this was a moment ripe for exploitation, or an unasked-for addressing of context, with this presentation of the queerest, in every sense of the word, film Western of all time,” Bogner said
According to Bogner, Warhol’s film was originally intended as a Western version of “Romeo and Juliet,” and adopts cowboy drag and wears only the merest trappings of plot. “Nominally the clash between settled folk and a rootless band of horsebacked ‘brothers’ just passing through, the film offers a barely corralled paddock of jokiness, flippantly held poses, and unchecked behavior,” he said. “The milieu’s attendant homo-sociality allows a revue of masculinities considered and a stable full of varieties of male beauty. And the menfolk here, when not trading hair grooming tips and ballet moves, head off into the sunset together.”
“Lonesome Cowboys” features such Warhol stars as Viva, Taylor Mead, and Joe Dallesandro. “With Tom Hompertz lounging around as everyone’s cowpoke of desire,” Bogner added.

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