Dirty Pictures


1h 35m 2000

Brief Synopsis

In 1989, Dennis Barrie, the director of the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, booked "The Perfect Moment," an exhibit of 175 controversial photographs by the late artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Although he anticipated opposition from a select few who may have labeled the photographs as pornographic,

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Biography
Drama
Release Date
2000
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m

Synopsis

In 1989, Dennis Barrie, the director of the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, booked "The Perfect Moment," an exhibit of 175 controversial photographs by the late artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Although he anticipated opposition from a select few who may have labeled the photographs as pornographic, Barrie never expected that it would go as far as his indictment and began to feel apprehensive about the negative impact on his family. However, Barrie's firm belief in the individual's right to choose and view art in his own way motiviated him to proceed.

When Simon Leiss, Jr., the Sheriff of Hamilton County, decided that five of the Mapplethorpe photos depicting acts of sado-masochism and homosexuality and two nude portraits of children were obscene, he sought not only to shut down the exhibit, but to prosecute and imprison Dennis Barrie. opening of the exhibit approached, Barrie found himself the target of right-wing conservative groups, who subjected him and his family to a series of personal and professional attacks. On April 7, 1990, the museum opened its doors to a throng of spectators -- some art lovers, and curiousity seekers drawn to the exhibit by its subject matter and controversy. That same afternoon, Cincinnati police arrived with an indictment against Barrie for obscenity and an order to shut down the exhibit.

On September 28, 1990, a jury of eight was chosen and the trial began, which lasted seven days. Barrie ultimately took the stand in his own defense -- a public fight to uphold the integrity of the First Amendment. On October 5, 1990, the jury entered the courtroom with a unanimous decision.

Crew

Lloyd Adams

Stunts

David Bailey

Post-Production Supervisor

Erik Berger

Key Grip

Jessica Berman-bogdan

Researcher

Mary Boone

Other

Nancy Botting

Extras Agent/Coordinator

William F Buckley

Other

Kevin Burns

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Randy Butcher

Stunts

Luther Campbell

Theme Lyrics

Glenn Cater

Location Manager

Janus Cercone

Theme Lyrics

Ilene Chaiken

Screenplay

Jeff Charbonneau

Music Editor

Robin D. Cook

Casting

Shelley Cook

Stunt Coordinator

David Coulter

Assistant Director

Barney Frank

Other

Candide Franklyn

Camera Operator

Andrea Franks

Production Coordinator

Jeff Fruitman

Set Decorator

Freddie Godden

Hair Stylist

Mike Gow

Stunts

Kathleen Graham

Makeup Artist

Anthony Grani

Assistant

Arv Greywal

Art Director

Vicky Herman

Line Producer

Janet Hirshenson

Casting

David P Hobbs

Theme Lyrics

Jane Jenkins

Casting

Blair Johannes

Stunts

Bill T. Jones

Other

Alicia Keywan

Production Designer

Fran Lebowitz

Other

Arnold Lehman

Other

Gai Loper

Production Accountant

Michael Manheim

Producer

Jesse Mcbride

Other

Jerome Mccann

Transportation Supervisor

Anthony Miller

Editor

Regan Moore

Stunts

Hiro Narita

Other

Hiro Narita

Director Of Photography

Billy Oliver

Stunts

Todd Orr

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Richard Parker

Stunts

Aaron Pelman

Assistant

Tom Perry

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Susan Pilcher

Music Coordinator

Andy Potvin

Consultant

Ed Queffelec

Stunts

Tammy Quinn

Production Manager

Larod Rebhun

Music

Mark D Ross

Theme Lyrics

Salman Rushdie

Other

Bennett Salvay

Music

Susan Sarandon

Other

Susanne Schlomer

Assistant

Alan Roy Scott

Music

Mark Snow

Music

Bruce Speyer

Assistant Director

Bruce Springsteen

Theme Lyrics

John Stoneham

Stunts

Nadine Strossen

Other

Michael Tassie

Assistant Director

Franco Tatta

Lighting Technician

Catherine Taylor

Script Supervisor

John J Thomson

Sound Recordist

Chad Tomasoski

Post-Production Supervisor

Ron Van Hart

Stunts

Steven D Williams

Sound Editor

Tamara Winston

Costume Designer

Chris Wong Won

Theme Lyrics

Alan Zielonko

Boom Operator

Peter Zinner

Editor

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Biography
Drama
Release Date
2000
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Aired in United States May 27, 2000

Released in United States on Video November 21, 2000

Began shooting early November 1999.

Completed shooting December 14, 1999.

Filmed in cooperation with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation; features over 200 of the artist's original photographs.

The film is intercut with commentary by prominent figures on both sides of the issue, including: conservative commentator William F. Buckley, Jr.; National Endowment For the Arts Chair John Frohmeyer; author Salman Rushdie; ACLU President, Nadine Strossen; choreographer Bill T. Jones; New York art dealer Mary Boone; and Jesse McBride, who was photographed by Mapplethorpe as a child. Also includes filmed interviews with Robert Mapplethorpe before his death.