Barbara Rubin and ‘Christmas on Earth’

Taking its title from Rimbaud and its inspiration from Flaming Creatures, Barbara Rubin’s 1963 Christmas on Earth, made when she was eighteen, was far and away the most sexually explicit film produced by the pre-porn underground—an ethereal tangle of guys posing like Greek statues, girls painted like archaic fertility goddesses, and fingers probing orifices in bleached black and white and mega close-up. Rubin, who abandoned film soon after (and who died in childbirth in 1980), never made another movie like it. It’s having a rare screening, along with the 1964 screen test Rubin made for Andy Warhol and Jonas Mekas’s portrait To Barbara Rubin With Love.

Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show.

Category: Film
Anthology Film Archives
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New York, NY