Art or Porn?: Filmmakers Who Tested the Limits

These films were censored for obscenity when they first screened. Now they are shown at museums and on YouTube.

BY Christopher Harrity

August 01 2014 3:00 AM ET

James Broughton's The Bed
James Broughton was  the original wild child who was expressing his weird before the Beats were even smoking cigarettes. He was bisexual, having had two children with Pauline Kael and having had a relationship with Harry Hay. He was a founding Radical Faerie and a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence. He was a writer, performer and made many delightful short films that capture the sexual revolution in all its unshaven glory. In 1967, Broughton broke taboos with his short, celebratory film of the role of the bed in our lives. It freely allowed gay and straight images and ideas in a matter of fact way with a fair amount of frontal nudity. 



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