54James Dean for a Day
- May 7, 2004Craig Highberger's Superstar in a Housedress, a biography of
Curtis, opened Wednesday at the Film Forum. Unlike all previous
documentaries, I was in it. Yes, I can now say I was in a film
with Taylor Mead and Holly Woodlawn.
At the premiere, sitting behind two 6-foot-tall 300-pound
transvestites, my friend Colette whispered, "Gee, Michael,
you're the only heterosexual in the movie." In fact I was
serious, too intellectual, too somber. Craig follows my bit with
I'm too camera-shy to be a decent ham. But I am an admirer of
camp--around long before Susan Sontag's famous essay--found,
instance, full-blown in Charles Henri Ford's The Young and the
from the 1930s.
Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson were at the premiere. The rights
to "Walk on the Wild Side" had been too expensive, I expect,
Jackie is just speeding away.
Thought he was James Dean for a Day.