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The Illiac Passion


Location: Bartos Screening Room

Presented by the Consulate General of Greece in New York and the Onassis Foundation USA

USA. Dir. Gregory Markopoulos, 1967, 90 mins. 16mm. With Taylor Mead, Andy Warhol, Jack Smith. In English. One of the masters of American avant-garde filmmaking, Gregory Markopoulos had developed a singular, senses-stunning style—marked by lush, color-saturated visuals; psychologically-charged editing; and a concern with the mythopoeic—when he left the US for good, relocated to Europe, and pulled his films from public exhibition. The gradual re-emergence of his work continues with this rare screening of one of his greatest achievements, a contemporary take on Prometheus Bound. It’s a spectacle of passion and creation in which Aeschylus’ text mixes with the music of Bartok and underground luminaries Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, Taylor Mead, Beverly Grant, Gregory Battcock, and Gerard Malanga are cast as the titans of Greek mythology.

Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above). Order tickets online. (Members may contact [email protected] with questions regarding online reservations.)

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