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A spirited documentary exploring the life of James Broughton, a pioneer of experimental cinema, visionary poet, and bard of Gay Liberation, Big Joy is a kaleidoscopic portrait of Broughton’s luminous life and personality. The filmmakers intersperse Broughton’s diaries, poems and experimental films, weaving an entertaining and complex tribute.
The Bed (1968) by James Broughton
James Broughton's most famous film, "The Bed." One that featured the ground-breaking full-frontal (yet innocent) nudity that this experimental filmmaker was known for. In part because of its audacity and courage in portraying bodies, "The Bed" became an instant hit all over the West Coast, receiving hundreds, if not thousands, of showings in art houses all over.
It's a rollicking exploration of everything that can happen on a bed - "it's where you cry when you are born and where you lie when dead."
It includes appearances by Imogen Cunningham, Alan Watts, Anna Halprin, Roger Somers, and Gavin Arthur. Music by Warner Jepson.
* "Song of the Bed" poem by James Broughton
*PDF of "The Bed" Synopsis as written by James Broughton
For more tidbits and trivia about "The Bed" go to our website www.bigjoy.org and search "The Bed."