Willard Maas  

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Willard Maas (b. 1906 or 1911; d. January 2, 1971) was an American experimental filmmaker and poet.

He was the husband of the filmmaker, painter, and actress Marie Menken. They achieved some renown in New York City's modern art world of the 1940s through the 1960s, both for their experimental films as well as for their salons, which brought together artists, writers, filmmakers and intellectuals.[1] According to their associate, Andy Warhol, "Willard and Marie were the last of the great bohemians. They wrote and filmed and drank (their friends called them 'scholarly drunks') and were involved with all the modern poets."[2]

Maas's 1956 film Narcissus stars Judith Malina (credited as Jody Malin) and Julian Beck, members of The Living Theatre, both of whom perform voice-overs for the film. He also allegedly performed fellatio on DeVeren Bookwalter for the 1963 Warhol short film Blow Job, although Warhol claimed otherwise in his 1980 memoir Popism: The Warhol Sixties.

The Willard Maas Papers, a collection of approximately 500 letters, manuscripts, page proofs, photographs, drawings, play scripts, and film scripts from the period 1931-1967, is housed at Brown University.[3]

He also may have been a significant part of the inspiration for the character of George in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf


As director

  • 1943 - Geography of the Body (with Marie Menken)
  • 1955 - The Mechanics of Love (with Ben Moore)
  • 1950s (no date) - Image in the Snow
  • 1956 - Narcissus (a film poem by Ben Moore and Willard Maas)
  • 1966 - Andy Warhol's Silver Flotations
  • 1967 - Orgia

As actor

  • 1964 - Blow Job (1964) (directed by Andy Warhol)

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