FILM NO. 6: RAPE.
FILM NO. 6: RAPE.
FILM NO. 6: RAPE.
FILM NO. 6: RAPE.
FILM NO. 6: RAPE.
FILM NO. 6: RAPE.

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FILM NO. 6: RAPE.

Original programme/poster. Vienna: ORF TV, 1969. Broadside sheet, folded twice as issued, printed offset in black on pale cream-coloured paper stock. 59x42cm. Cast details and synopsis of the film printed in English, French and German on one side; the other side folds out to a poster showing the partially obscured faces of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Designed by Piller-Druck, Vienna.

Yoko Ono's third film made in collaboration with John Lennon, commissioned and partially funded by the Austrian public service broadcaster ORF as part of their 'Underground' series. It was shot in colour in London with a hand-held 16mm. camera by Nic Knowland and stars 21-year old Hungarian Eva Majlath, who is pursued through the streets and eventually cornered in her own apartment, although she is physically, if not psychologically, unharmed.

The film marks Yoko's gradual departure from the Fluxus aesthetic and anticipates Vito Acconci's work of the same year, 'Following Piece', in which he followed randomly selected strangers through the streets of New York. It also reflected the tensions felt by the couple from their increasing fame and the unwanted press attention accompanying it, as well as expressing Yoko's affinity with the growing women's movement. They both attended the film's premiere in Vienna on March 31, 1969, preceded by a Bagism press conference at their hotel, held from within the confines of a white bag (their second performance of 'Bag Piece').

Evidence of staple removal from one corner, o/w Near Fine.

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