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Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

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Years before the Beats arrived in San Francisco, the city exploded with artistic expressions: painting, theatre, film, poetry. At its center was the groundbreaking filmmaker and poet James Broughton. Big Joy explores Broughton's passionate embrace of a life of pansexual transcendence and a fiercely independent mantra: 'follow your own weird.' His remarkable story spans the post-war San Francisco Renaissance, his influence on the Beat generation, escape to Europe during the McCarthy years, a lifetime of acclaim for his joyous experimental films and poetry celebrating the human body, finding his soulmate at age 61, and finally, his ascendancy as a revered bard of sexual liberation.

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  • Actors: James Broughton
  • Directors: Eric Slade, Stephen Silha, Dawn Logsdon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2014
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JAGF9MY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,647 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This documentary on the life and work of James Broughton is brilliantly crafted by its creative team lead by Stephen Silha and Eric Slade. Exceptional historical footage coupled with rare interviews is woven together forming a unique tapestry that brings to light the work of a very gifted writer and film maker. The film’s title is perfect because there is no escape from the direct experience of joy. The editing and soundtrack are remarkable. I highly recommend this film.
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This is a wonderful movie. In a dark time in the world's history amidst so much pain / suffering, it is more than good to be reminded that the heart of the human spirit can absolutely be filled with love and joy. Tiz a great pleasure to see who James Broughton was , to see clips of his films and to hear stories of friends/ family who knew , worked with, and loved him. "Big Joy" shows how a unique , unusual soul, could face the bleakness in our society and yet live a very creative, happy life in the twentieth century. James B dealt with the same demons / depressions that confront most all of us, but he used inspiration from within and without to guide his choices to do what he wanted /needed to do , thus got to lead a full life and then died, not worn-out but spent out, lived out, a fulfilled old man. Mazeltov ! Congratulations to the film's makers & deep appreciation to Broughton's friends and fans who brought James' joy into this delightful film.
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