A gender-obliterating funfest unleashed by the cantankerous cross-dressing Cockettes, Luminous Procuress is an elusive masterwork of early seventies mystical queer cinema. Restored in an immaculate new print, Luminous Procuress brazenly recounts the passage of two lissome hippie lads who enter a strange mansion where a magic potion promises glimpses of a transformational realm. Led by the mystical “Procuress” (the ever-sculptural Pandora), the two naïfs are privy to a delirious vision of consciousness unbounded by gender or desire. Created in San Francisco’s Mission District by Steven Arnold, Luminous Procuress, an exotic amalgam of outrageous wearable art, oneiric imagery, and erotically charged tableaux, gloriously drags on.
Steven Arnold, Luminous Procuress, 16mm, 74min., 1971