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It makes perfect sense that Marjoe has been paired in this DVD set with Thoth, Sarah Kernochan's Oscar®-winning 2001 documentary short (40 minutes) profile of S.K. Thoth, a street performer whose persona, like Marjoe Gortner's, is entirely fictional yet genuinely compelling. The former Stephen Kaufman (his father was Jewish, his mother African American) struggled with his ethnic and sexual identity, and Thoth shows how he reinvented himself, renamed after an Egyptian high priest, and developed a one-man opera based entirely on "The Festad," a fantasy world, with its own made-up language, that he's created as a youthful refuge from the racism he endured as a biracial youth in the '60s. A self-described "blessed creature" with a unifying message, the androgynous Thoth (whose gold loincloth costume suggests a hybrid of male/female and ancient Egyptian identities) fascinates his audiences of tourists and Central Park regulars, some regarding him as a charlatan while others accept his ruse a celebration of pan-cultural humanity. Thoth may seem like a New Age phony or simply a loser to some viewers (he barely makes a living, and is largely supported by his mother), but his life, like Kernochan's film, is a fascinating quest for multiple layers of truth. --Jeff Shannon
"Marjoe", the film, is particularly timely today.
Unfortunately, the Gortners were more interested in making money than saving souls, and Marjoe learned their tricks of crowd manipulation and fund raising.
I love this film, the way he shows traveling evangelists are mainly cons who make off with a lot of money from people who don't have any to begin with.
If ya think evangelists are neat, ya better not buy this movie. If you want to see the farce and fraud from the inside, by all means get it. We love showing it to our friends. Read morePublished 16 days ago by George Betzhold
Marjoe is an informative look inside the business of religion, specifically the Pentecostal movement. Read morePublished 3 months ago by K.M.
I saw the documentary, MARJOE when it was first televised in 1972. At the time, I thought the documentary 'scandalous' in its exposee of unscrupulous practices among evangelist... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Maizie Lucille James
Quite an amazing look (including behind the scenes) of a traveling circuit preacher (actual revival meetings filmed, real people--not actors). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sarah Sue
Fascinating and confusing. It is clear that people were getting something out of these tent revivals. Release and comfort. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Johanna Johnston
One of the most riveting, informative documentaries
I've ever seen!!!
This film is pretty creepy because it is true. I am grateful for Marjoe's willingness to share his story with the world. Read morePublished 5 months ago by C. Armstrong
The New Yorker had an essay on this documentary recently, which led me to seek it out. It is a sensitive presentation of the child preacher Marjoe Gortner, a character I dimly... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Martha Moffett
First let me say I am what you would call an evangelist. Since I have been serving in this calling for over 35 years now, I feel I can give a review based on my experience. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Realscoop