“Okay. We’re making progress.” Howard Guttenplan: A Memento.

“Okay. We’re making progress.”  Howard Guttenplan: A Memento.  By Jerry Tartaglia (First published in The Millennium Film Journal, 2015) “Okay. We’re making progress.”  Howard must have said this to me at least once a week during the years that I worked at The Millennium on East 4th Street in the 1970s. Sometimes he would say … Continue reading “Okay. We’re making progress.” Howard Guttenplan: A Memento.

This Is Just What I Expected! (2013)

This Is Just What I Expected! by Jerry Tartaglia   (First published in Otherzine  2013   Jack Smith was not what we would call a “positive thinker.” He expected the worst from people and from life situations. He was cynical, depressing, and generally a pessimistic man. In life and art he expected the worst and invited … Continue reading This Is Just What I Expected! (2013)

The Perfect Queer Appositeness of Jack Smith (2001)

The Perfect Queer Appositeness of Jack Smith  by Jerry Tartaglia               Those who are familiar with the writings of Jack Smith will recognize the inspiration for the title of this study in one of Smith's most notorious essays entitled "The Perfect Filmic Appositeness of Maria Montez/' first published in Film Culture magazine in 1962 (Hoberman, … Continue reading The Perfect Queer Appositeness of Jack Smith (2001)