NUDE RESTAURANT (1967) Described by Warhol as both a "sexploitation" comedy and "an antiwar film," Nude Restaurant was made just prior to Lonesome Cowboys and features sparkling performances by two of the charismatic stars of that film. Amongst the G-string-wearing denizens of a New York restaurant, Viva holds forth with a monologue on her early sex experiences. Meanwhile, a young army deserter and antiwar activist is confronted with the Beat/hippie/Zen conversational antics of the irrepressible Taylor Mead. Nude Restaurant humorously portrays the sexual and cultural revolutions underway at a chaotic moment in America's history – and lays the groundwork for Lonesome Cowboys' deflowering of the Hollywood Western. Nude Restaurant previously screened in Atlanta in August 1968, at the Festival Cinema, 142 Spring Street. 16mm, color, sound, 100 minutes
ABOUT THE "LONESOME COWBOYS" SERIES
On Tuesday, August 5, 1969, Andy Warhol’s latest film – Lonesome Cowboys, a homoerotic satire on the Hollywood Western – was playing at the Ansley Mall Mini Cinema in Atlanta. Just before the film’s ending, Atlanta police stopped the screening, confiscated the print, and arrested the theater manager. In addition, they photographed most if not all of the seventy moviegoers as they exited the cinema, looking for "known homosexuals."
Occurring just weeks after the New York City Stonewall riots launched the modern gay rights movement, the Lonesome Cowboys bust became a tipping point for local activism and led directly to the formation of the Georgia chapter of the Gay Liberation Front.
As a memorial to these events – and in our ongoing series on Warhol’s important but rarely seen 1960s films – Film Love presents a multi-part series on Lonesome Cowboys and its Atlanta connection. Included are a screening of Lonesome Cowboys in its entirety; a site-specific installation incorporating the film near the location of the old Ansley Mall Cinema; and accompanying screenings of two related Warhol films.
As with all early Warhol films, none of the films selected for this series exist on video in the United States.
The site-specific installation of Lonesome Cowboys on April 3 is part of Memory Flash, presented by John Q.
This program is made possible by Flux Projects and is sponsored in part by grants from the Emory College Center for Creativity and the Arts and the Lloyd E. Russell Foundation. Additional support comes from Mixx Atlanta.
ANDY WARHOL #7: LONESOME COWBOYS IN ATLANTA is a Film Love event. The Film Love series provides access to rare but important films, and seeks to increase awareness of the rich history of experimental and avant-garde film. The series is curated and hosted by Andy Ditzler for Frequent Small Meals. Film Love was voted Best Film Series in Atlanta by the critics of Creative Loafing in 2006, and is featured in Atlanta Magazine’s Best of Atlanta 2009. Archives of the series may be found at www.filmlove.org.