Yoko Ono

  • Jonas Mekas – Happy Birthday to John (1997)

    1991-2000DocumentaryExperimentalJonas MekasUSA

    On October 9th, 1972 an exhibition of John Lennon/Yoko Ono’s art, designed by the Master of the Fluxus movement, George Maciunas, opened at the Syracuse Museum of Art, in New York. On the same day an unusual group of John’s and Yoko’s friends, including Ringo, Allen Ginsberg, Paul Krasner, and many others, gathered to celebrate John’s birthday. This film is a visual and audio record of that event.Read More »

  • Yoko Ono & John Lennon – Rape (1969)

    1961-1970ExperimentalJapanJapanese Female DirectorsJohn LennonVideo ArtYoko Ono

    One of the most radical and influential works of experimental television produced by the famous couple of the late 60s, Yoko Ono and John Lennon.

    In November 1968 work began on one of one of John & Yoko’s most ambitious film ventures, a 75-minute mini-feature called Rape. It starred Eva Majlata, a 21 year old Hungarian actress who couldn’t speak English. She cannot escape the prying attentions of the camera which follows her around the streets of London, through a park, allowing her no privacy and almost causing her to walk into the path of a truck. She attempts to escape in a taxi, but is still followed. She is eventually cornered in an apartment from which she apparently cannot escape and her tearful pleas to the camera remain ignored. Rape was shot when John and Yoko were both at Great Charlotte Street Hospital following Yoko’s miscarriage. The cameraman was Nick Knowland, who worked on most of John and Yoko’s productions.Read More »

  • Marshall Smith – Satan’s Bed (1965)

    1961-1970CrimeExploitationMarshall SmithMichael FindlayUSA

    The same year the The Beatles? second film, HELP!, premiered,
    John Lennon?s future soul mate, avant-garde artist Yoko Ono, made her
    acting debut in the twisted sickie SATAN’S BED. Ono, in a kimono, plays
    the Japanese bride-to-be of a drug smuggling immigration agent who
    wants to abandon crime crime for life with Yoko. But Lou, a small-time
    drug dealer, doesn’t want to lose his main supplier so he cancels the
    wedding by kidnapping Ono. And when he also hires three psychos –
    Snake, Dip, and Angel – to rough her up, they create a mini-crimewave
    that culminates in a wild attack upon… the wrong woman. Oy. So join
    Yoko for a typical day in Sin City that starts when you climb under the
    sheets of SATAN?S BED!Read More »

  • John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Apotheosis (1970)

    1961-1970Amos Vogel: Film as a Subversive ArtExperimentalJapanese Female DirectorsJohn LennonShort FilmUnited KingdomYoko Ono


    What a perfect film…..short and simple, Ono takes a camera and a boom mike onto a hot air balloon, kicks the rope, and starts the camera and lets us watch as it goes above the clouds for a 17 minute shot. Key things to notice: A roll of 16mm film films only 14 minutes yet the film runs for 17, meaning somewhere in the clouds Ono had another camera loaded and started when the first one ran out, yet somehow the splice is not noticeable and there weren’t any computers at the time to fix this sort of thing…..all i can say is optical printing tricks at its best. The last shot, as the balloon rises above the clouds, the wind silences, and the sun becomes visible, is alone worth checking out this timeless classic of experimental film.Read More »

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