“Antonio didn’t record—he rendered.” — Joan Juliet Buck
ANTONIO LOPEZ 1970—SEX, FASHION & DISCO—an exquisite time capsule directed by James Crump—takes viewers back to the would-be golden age of the early 1970s for an exploration into the lives of artist Antonio Lopez (1943-1987) and his personal and creative partner Juan Ramos (1942-1995) as they navigated the art and fashion worlds of Manhattan and Paris.
With the flashy exuberance that characterized Antonio’s life as well as his drawings, the documentary features extensive on-screen interviews with Antonio discoveries Pat Cleveland, Donna Jordan, Jane Forth, Patti D’Arbanville, Jessica Lange, and Corey Tippin.
Editors Grace Coddington, Joan Juliet Buck, and Bob Colacello explain Antonio’s various entanglements within the distinct yet overlapping Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld “families,” and the late photographer and Lopez-Ramos confidante Bill Cunningham walks away with the film, giving the last word on Lagerfeld’s final betrayal and Oscar de la Renta’s heroism.*
ANTONIO LOPEZ 1970—SEX, FASHION & DISCO
Through Thursday, October 4.
Laemmle Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles.
Through Thursday, September 27.
Laemmle Playhouse, 673 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena.
Post-screening Q & A with director James Crump, Corey Tippin and artist and Lopez estate-director Paul Caranicas
Friday, September 21, at 7:30 pm.
* See Alicia Drake, The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris for an in-depth look at the Antonio Lopez–Juan Ramos–Karl Lagerfeld saga.
Antonio Lopez in Paris, 1970. Photograph by Bill Cunningham.
Corey Tippin, Donna Jordan, Jane Forth, and Jay Johnson in Paris, 1971.
Lopez in the Jardin du Luxembourg, 1971. Photograph by Juan Ramos.
Cunningham and Lopez. Photograph by Ramos.
Jessica Lange. Photographs by Lopez.
Lopez, Tippin, and Jordan.
Image credits: The Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos, and Film Movement.