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      Portrait of Jason

      1967 1h 45m Documentary List
      100% Tomatometer 27 Reviews 78% Audience Score 250+ Ratings A black male prostitute and aspiring entertainer recounts his life story for filmmaker Shirley Clarke. Read More Read Less

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      Like any great work of art, Portrait of Jason tells a story that reaches far beyond its canvas in the act of illuminating its subject.

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      J. Hoberman ARTINFO.com The larger truth is that Jason, who died in obscurity in 1998, and [Portrait of Jason] still have things to teach us about the nature of race, sex, and success in America. Sep 30, 2015 Full Review Noel Murray The Dissolve Jason's simultaneously funny and tragic, and almost heroic in the way he keeps eluding director Shirley Clarke's efforts to pin him down. Rated: 4/5 Nov 10, 2014 Full Review Mark Feeney Boston Globe Like any star turn, Holliday's performance rings utterly true. It's that indefinable but unmistakable reality-beyond-reality called art. Rated: 3.5/4 Sep 11, 2013 Full Review Mattie Lucas From the Front Row Clark's film often frames Jason out of focus, just out of reach, a fascinating enigma seen through the haze of celluloid, a lie at 24 frames per second. Jun 2, 2022 Full Review Dennis Harvey 48 Hills Winter's complex imagining of the episode sees Portrait's creation as a standoff between two sides of a race/class divide. Sep 20, 2021 Full Review Ann Birstein Vogue Shirley Clarke's latest film is an extraordinary interview, two hours of startling, candid self-revelation of Jason Holiday. May 28, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Not even going to spend a second with Amazon's choices anymore. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Between a 8/10 and 9/10, Jason's simultaneously funny and tragic, and almost heroic in the way he keeps eluding director Shirley Clarke's efforts to pin him down. Portrait of Jason is a curious and fascinating example of cinema verité, all the ramifications of which cannot be immediately known. Born Aaron Payne, Jason Holiday gives the performance of any lifetime, and it is superb artifice. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Rot. Why did she waste film on this. Just go watch the film about Capote if you want to see an interesting homosexual Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Such a lovely soul. Worth the watch, for Jason, not for the exploits of whomever this "Carl" or even Shirley Clarke in making the film. So happy to have found this after all of these years of hearing about it from the man himself. RIP Jason Holiday and live forever. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review s r Fascinating despite its intimate, unruly frankness. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A very important movie, a very good movie, though probably overlong. But a classic example of a kind of despicable filmmaking that really bugs me. I don't come away from this liking the filmmakers at all. Or liking Jason all that much really too, but I feel for him, because they ambushed him and took advantage of him. It's exploitative. And the best moments of the film are when it's not. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A black male prostitute and aspiring entertainer recounts his life story for filmmaker Shirley Clarke.
      Director
      Shirley Clarke
      Production Co
      Shirley Clarke Productions
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 22, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 45m
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