Films by Yoko Ono, program four | Chicago Reader

Films by Yoko Ono, program four

Three films by the Japanese-born avant-gardist. Fly (1970, 25 min.), codirected by John Lennon, recalls Ono's earlier conceptual art: seen in close-up, a fly crawls around a nude woman, venturing into her erogenous zones. It's an interesting mix of eroticism and purposeful slowness, hampered by the overly cute sound track, a screechy approximation of fly speech. Bed-In (1969, 74 min.) documents Lennon and Ono's fabled antiwar “demonstration,” for which they donned pajamas and lay in a Montreal hotel room talking to reporters and activists about peace. They seem unaware of any contradiction between arriving at the airport in a chauffeured Rolls and advocating for the downtrodden, and Lennon's claim that if soldiers “had their trousers off when they went to war, maybe they wouldn't fight so much” brings back the sublime silliness of hippie culture. Also showing, the one-minute Freedom (1970), a dated tract against the brassiere.

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