Mario Montez (né René Rivera) took his screen name from Maria Montez, the B-movie siren who starred in numerous 1940s adventure fantasias, including Cobra Woman and White Savage, Technicolor extravaganzas that inspired budding filmmaker Jack Smith. In 1962, when Smith shot his underground classic Flaming Creatures, he cast Montez (using the nom de drag Dolores Flores) as a flamenco dancer with jet-black hair and eyes, gyrating veils, and a de rigueur rose clamped between teeth. Today and next Sunday see Montez (1935–2013) in Smith’s masterpiece, as well as in Andy Warhol’s Hedy and four other films by various directors, including Conrad Ventur, who was working on new projects with Montez when he passed away on September 26.
Sun., Nov. 17, 7 p.m., 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 13, 2013