Flesh (1968 film)

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Directed by Paul Morrissey
Produced by Andy Warhol
Written by Paul Morrissey
Starring Joe Dallesandro
Geraldine Smith
Cinematography Paul Morrissey
Release dates September 26, 1968
Running time 105 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget $4,000

Flesh (alternate title: Andy Warhol's Flesh) is a 1968 film directed by American filmmaker Paul Morrissey.

Flesh is the first film of the "Paul Morrissey Trilogy" produced by Andy Warhol. The other films in the trilogy include Trash and Heat. All three have gained a cult following and are noted examples of the ideals and ideology of the time period.

The film stars Joe Dallesandro as a hustler working on the streets of New York City. The movie highlights various Warhol superstars, in addition to being the film debuts of both Jackie Curtis and Candy Darling. Also appearing are Geraldine Smith as Joe's wife and Patti D'Arbanville as her lover.


As the film begins, Geraldine ejects Joe from their bed and insists he go out on the streets to make some money for her girlfriend's abortion. This leads to Joe's various encounters with clients, including an artist who wishes to draw Joe, played by Maurice Bradell, Louis Waldron as a gymnast, and John Christian.

Scenes filmed on the streets of New York City show Joe spending time with other hustlers, one of which is played by his real life brother, and teaching the tricks of the trade to the new hustler, played by Barry Brown. The film includes a scene of Joe interacting with his real life one-year-old son. Flesh concludes with Joe in bed with Geraldine Smith and Patti D'Arbanville. The women strip Joe and begin to get intimate with each other. In turn, Joe gets bored and falls asleep.



Flesh ranks 478th on Empire magazine's 2008 list of the 500 greatest movies of all time.[1] It currently holds an approval rating of 63% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 8 reviews with an average rating of 7/10.[2]


  1. ^ "Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time". Empire magazine. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Flesh (1968)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 

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