Roy Cohn/Jack Smith

  • 1995
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Biography, Documentary, Drama

ROY COHN/JACK SMITH began life on stage, as a pair of contrasting monologues performed by the late Ron Vawter. Act One is an imaginary speech (scripted by Gary Indiana) given by reptilian lawyer Cohn to a family values organization. Act Two is adapted from film director Smith's performance piece What's Underground About Marshmallows. The result is a theatrical...read more

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ROY COHN/JACK SMITH began life on stage, as a pair of contrasting monologues performed by the late Ron Vawter. Act One is an imaginary speech (scripted by Gary Indiana) given by reptilian lawyer Cohn to a family values organization. Act Two is adapted from film director Smith's

performance piece What's Underground About Marshmallows. The result is a theatrical diptych of two gay men -- one closeted, the other outrageously out -- who had little in common except that they both died of AIDS. The film is a frustrating record of Vawter's off-Broadway tour de force, tricked up

with fancy editing and artily photographed behind-the-scenes footage. But Vawter, who himself succumbed to AIDS shortly afetr the film was shot, is mesmerizing in both roles.

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  • Released: 1995
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: ROY COHN/JACK SMITH began life on stage, as a pair of contrasting monologues performed by the late Ron Vawter. Act One is an imaginary speech (scripted by Gary Indiana) given by reptilian lawyer Cohn to a family values organization. Act Two is adapted from… (more)

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