Jose Rodriguez-Soltero

Jose
Rodriguez-Soltero

Jose Rodriguez-Soltero was a significant figure in the New York art community during the mid-1960s and early 1970s. His films were frequently included in Filmmakers’ Cinematheque programs, he was featured ...

Films

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    Lupe
    Experimental

    Lupe
    Jose Rodriguez-Soltero

    16mm, color, sound, 49.5 min
    Rental formats: 16mm, Digital file, DVD NTSC
    • Biography / Autobiography
    • LGBT / Queer
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    Jerovi
    Experimental

    Jerovi
    Jose Rodriguez-Soltero

    16mm, color, silent, 11.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Erotic
    • Literarature / Theater
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    Dialogue with Che
    Experimental

    Dialogue with Che
    Jose Rodriguez-Soltero

    16mm, black and white, sound, 53 min
    Rental formats: 16mm, Digital file, DVD NTSC
    • Political / Social Activism

Biography

Strangely neglected for too long, Jose Rodriguez Soltero’s Lupe (1966 – 16mm, color, sound – 49:05 ) is an underground classic of the stature of Flaming Creatures, Scorpio Rising, Hold Me While I’m Naked, or The Chelsea Girls. It is ostensibly a biopic of Lupe Velez inspired by Kenneth Anger’s sketch of the Mexican spitfire in Hollywood Babylon and, stylistically, by Von Sternberg’s Marlene Dietrich vehicles. Rodriguez Soltero takes some liberties with the facts and produces a color-saturated, gorgeous dime-store baroque that tells of Lupe’s rise from whoredom to stardom, her fall into fractured romance and suicide, and her ascension into the spirit world. It is consistently inventive and surprising, and wrapped in a dense soundtrack that combines, Elvis, Cuban boleros, Spanish flamenco, The Supremes, and Vivaldi. It features some of the main players of the Ridiculous Theatrical Playhouse (Charles Ludlam plays a keen lesbian seducer and Lola Pashalinsky, Lupe’s maid). Mario Montez never looked better; no wonder this was his favorite film. Whether they know it or not, Pedro Almodovar, Vivienne Dick, and Bruce LaBruce have a godfather in Jose Rodriguez Soltero. (Juan Suarez )