Image from the motion picture Normal Love

The Carnal Screen: Normal Love - 16MM

Experimental, Documentary, Thriller | 1963 | 120MIN


Jack Smith


Mario Montez
Beverly Grant
Tiny Tim
Tony Conrad

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Programmed in conjunction with Filmmaker’s Co-op and Museum of Sex.

Feature-length film loosely inspired by horror movies, particularly from the 1930s and 40s, as well as the work of Dominican-born B-movie star Maria Montez. Made following Smith’s infamous feature, Flaming Creatures (1962-63), which caught the unfavorable attention of American censors, Normal Love includes a cast of fantastical characters ranging from a mermaid, played by Mario Montez—whose stage name was conceived in homage to the famous actress—and a mummy, enacted by Angus MacLise, the original drummer for the New York band the Velvet Underground.

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