Reefers of Technicolor Island (1967)

Run Time - 15 min.  |  
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With Reefers of Technicolor Island, Jack Smith takes an affectionate look (in color) at marijuana and drag, two essential fuels for his previous films, Flaming Creatures (1963) and Normal Love (1965). The first sequence features footage of thriving marijuana plants awaiting harvest; the second includes Smith's starlet Mario Montez on display as a South Seas siren adorned in feathers and pearls. For all the obvious humor attached to its subjects, Reefers of Technicolor Island is largely about texture, with Smith utilizing numerous superimpositions and close shots to transform what he was filming and bring out some of its mystery. (Smith also flopped certain superimposed images, as he did with repeated footage in Normal Love.)