Free to Love: Cinema of the Sexual Revolution
No More Excuses / The Continuing Story of Carel & Ferd
This program contains adult content
No More Excuses
dir. Robert Downey Sr., US, 1968, 16mm, b/w, 46 min.
takes his camera and microphone onto the streets (and into some bedrooms) for a
look at Manhattan’s singles scene of the late sixties. Of course, that’s not
all: No More Excuses cuts between this footage and the
fragmented tale of a time-traveling Civil War soldier, a rant from the director
of the fictional Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, and other assorted
The Continuing Story of Carel
dir. Arthur Ginsburg w/ Video Free America, US, 1970-75, video, 59 min.
A fascinating hybrid of performance and video verité, The Continuing Story of Carel and Ferd introduces Carel and Ferd, a couple who allowed Ginsberg to produce an ongoing documentary record of the intimate moments of their relationship. Carel, a porn actress, and Ferd, a drug addict, invite the camera to participate in their wedding, their sex life, and their break-up. Produced before the landmark PBS documentary An American Family introduced television audiences to the live-in camera — and many decades before the ubiquity of reality television — this document raises questions about the relationship between subject and camera, privacy and manipulation. Originally presented as an installation, this one-hour version, which includes interviews with Carel, Ferd and Ginsberg, was distilled from thirty hours of footage recorded from 1970 to 1975.
Free to Love: The Cinema of the Sexual Revolution has
been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage