1.31.2012

Short Takes (VII): "Blow Job"



Andy Warhol’s Blow Job (1963; 35 minutes), one of the most maddeningly sexy movies ever made, isn’t just queer because the person on the other end, as it were, of the titular sex act was allegedly Willard Maas, but also (maybe primarily) because Warhol rejects the phallocentric logic of conventional pornography by training his camera on a face rather than on a genital organ—in other words, by getting us to re-think what we even mean when we use words like “sexy” or “pornographic” to describe a film.  

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