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Rubin, Barbara
Christmas on Earth Continued
n.p. [New York]: Barbara Rubin, 1965. First edition. Very good +. [2], 31 pp. Side-stapled mimeographed sheets, printed on rectos only. Last two leaves detached, some minor wear and creasing, short closed tear to last leaf. In his review of the documentary Barbara Rubin and the Exploding New York Underground, J. Hoberman writes of Rubin, "[she] was zeitgeist-made material, a young woman who embodied her historical moment in the process of working out a unique destiny.... An agitator and a mystic whose friends and associates included Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol, and Allen Ginsberg, Rubin made scenes the way other people made moviesalthough she did make those as well. Notably, there was her sensational, genitally confrontational Christmas on Earth (19631965), shot while she was still in her teens. This bleached black-and-white, trippy tangle of naked bodies, with men posing like Greek statues, women painted to suggest paleolithic fertility goddesses, and anonymous fingers probing bodily orifices in mega close-up, was mind-boggling then. It remains so today." Rubin was heavily influenced by fellow filmmaker Jonas Mekas, and Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures. She introduced Bob Dylan to Allen Ginsberg and Andy Warhol, and took Warhol to see the Velvet Underground for the first time. The present script, for a never-produced sequel to Christmas on Earth, reads less like a production script and more like a poem. OCLC locates four copies (Bancroft, Washington U, New Mexico State, Lilly), along with a copy in the Rubin papers at Cornell.
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