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Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe
     

Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe

Director: James Crump

Cast: Joan Juliet Buck, Sam Wagstaff, Robert Mapplethorpe

 

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After serving in the Navy during World War II, Sam Wagstaff came home to New York City and pursued a career in advertising, and through his work in the ad game he developed a keen interest in photography. Reflecting his own personal evolution as he came to accept his homosexuality, Wagstaff became an enthusiastic collector of art photography and gained a reputation as

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After serving in the Navy during World War II, Sam Wagstaff came home to New York City and pursued a career in advertising, and through his work in the ad game he developed a keen interest in photography. Reflecting his own personal evolution as he came to accept his homosexuality, Wagstaff became an enthusiastic collector of art photography and gained a reputation as a curator, organizing a number of important museum shows of new photographers and becoming a friend and confidante of artists such as Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Richard Tuttle, and Tony Smith. In the early '70s, Wagstaff met a young photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe, who shared a loft with his best friend, a poet and aspiring musician named Patti Smith. Wagstaff and Mapplethorpe became first friends and then lovers, and as enthusiastic supporters of Smith's work they traveled between New York's upscale art community and the punk rock scene that was emerging on the Bowery. Passionate allies in art and life who explored the edges of human experience, Wagstaff and Mapplethorpe were partners for life, but their lives were cut short by AIDS -- the disease claimed Wagstaff in 1987, and Mapplethorpe in 1989. Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe is a documentary by filmmaker James Crump that explores the lives of two remarkable people, their circle of talented friends, and the community and times which surrounded them. Black White + Gray received its world premiere at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2008
UPC:
0829567050620
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
NR
Source:
Virgil Films
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:12:00

Special Features

An additional interview with Sam Wagstaff at the Corcoran Museum

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Juliet Buck Narrator
Sam Wagstaff Actor
Robert Mapplethorpe Actor
Patti Smith Participant
Jeffrey Fraenkel Participant
Tukey Koffend Participant
Eugenia Parry Participant
Dominick Dunne Participant
John Richardson Participant
John Szarkowski Participant
Holly Solomon Participant
Ingrid Sischy Participant
Clark Worswick Participant
Raymond Foye Participant
Pierre Apraxine Participant
Philippe Garner Participant
Paul Walter Participant
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders Participant
John Giorno Participant
Ralph Gibson Participant
Jean-Jacques Naudet Participant
Henry Geldahler Participant
Dick Cavett Participant
Agnes Martin Participant
Tony Smith Participant
Truman Capote Participant
Richard Tuttle Participant

Technical Credits
James Crump Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Stanley F. Buchthal Executive Producer
Christopher Felver Cinematographer
Harry Geller Cinematographer
Dave Giles Editor
Maja Hoffmann Executive Producer
David Koh Cinematographer,Executive Producer
Eric Koziol Cinematographer
Paul Lundahl Cinematographer
J. Ralph Score Composer
John Vondracek Art Director
William Davis Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Black, White and Gray
1. Robert, Sam and Patti [7:30]
2. NY Deb's Delight [5:54]
3. A Life Shift [9:14]
4. Excesses of the Age [2:47]
5. A Double Act [7:06]
6. A Photographic Adventure [5:20]
7. Constructing a Self Portrait [8:46]
8. Call of Pleasure [2:56]
9. Sex Pictures [5:12]
10. A Costly Lifestyle [5:52]
11. At the End [6:44]
12. Epilogue/End Credits [4:43]

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