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Pink Narcissus Director James Bidgood’s Obituary at 88

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James Bidgood, filmmaker, artist, and photographer best known for his 1971 film PINK NARCISSUS, passed away at 88. James Bidgood’s obituary has shocked many fans and friends.

Filmmaker Bruce LaBruce confirmed the sad news on social media, writing, “RIP gay camp filmmaker James Bidgood who has died at 88.”

“His only movie, “Pink Narcissus,” took him 7 years to make, between 1963 and 1970, all shot in his tiny NYC apartment. He took his name off of it after a dispute w/ the editors, so it was attributed to “Anonymous” for years,” he added.

Pink Narcissus Director James Bidgood's Obituary at 88
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Bidgood was born in Madison, Wisconsin, on March 28, 1933. His work was influenced by a childhood fascination with Folies Bergère, Florenz Ziegfeld, and George Quaintance.

In the late 1950s, He attended Parsons The New School for Design. In 1971, Bidgood released the film Pink Narcissus after filming in his small apartment from 1963 to 1970.

The film is a dialogue-free fantasy centered around a young and naked man. The film took seven years to make, and James built all the sets and filmed the entire piece in his apartment.

Bidgood later removed his name from the film because he believed editors had changed his original vision. Hence, the film bore the word “Anonymous” for the director’s credit, and it was misattributed to other directors such as Andy Warhol for several years.

It was not until 1998 that Bruce Benderson became determined to find the maker of Pink Narcissus, and the erotic photos Bidgood had also published anonymously during the 1960s.

Bruce eventually discovered Bidgood living on Fourteenth Street in New York. Through an agent friend, he arranged the publication of Bidgood’s output under his own name for the first time. In 2003 Bidgood’s film Pink Narcissus was re-released by Strand Releasing.

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James Bidgood‘s Obituary Shocked Fans

Pink Narcissus director and Renowned New York photographer James Bidgood’s obituary was revealed on January 31, 2022. May he rest in peace.

After the sad news of James Bidgood’s death was revealed, his friends and followers quickly flooded social media with tribute messages. Many fans also took to Twitter to pay Pigonant tributes to him.

Pink Narcissus Director James Bidgood's Obituary at 88
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Patrik Sandberg wrote: “RIP to my old friend James Bidgood, one of the first mentors I got to work with in New York. He directed a film called Pink Narcissus—it’s a classic, some say a masterpiece. We’re all forever floating in the wake of his tide.”

“Very sad news R.I.P to the artist, filmmaker, and sometimes Drag Queen who created the controversial 1970’s arthouse Queer fantasy movie about the fantasies of a young Gay sex worker, “Pink Narcissus,” the genius that was James Bidgood,” one Twitter user wrote.

Another Twitter user shared: “RIP to James Bidgood, a visionary gay artist who created the dazzling Pink Narcissus in 1971, and whose work inspired photographers David LaChapelle and Pierre & Gilles. He also impersonated Carol Channing at NYC’s Club 82! Sweet man. He was 88.”

“RIP James Bidgood, one of the best gay psychedelic minds whose work wasn’t simply about loving beautiful boys but recognizing them as cosmic and endless, portals of desire rather than objects,” Harry Tafoya tweeted.

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