Although only one person was filmed, in contrast to the 331 gathered for the Legs film, Fly was a more complicated project. John Lenno and Yoko Ono asked New York actress Virginia Lust to lie down naked whilst they filmed a fly exploring her body. Approximately 200 flies were used and each had to be stunned with a special gas. The film shows a woman lying so still she looks almost comatose. The only movement is that of a fly, which we follow as it lands on different parts of her body. The film is so slight, and yet there is something in the stillness of her body, the gentle movement of this fly, that seems sensual, even erotic. It was claimed that Virginia Lust also had to be sedated during the filming.
Yoko Ono, along with John Lennon, creates a most irregular surprise in Fly. Sort of a deviant crooked smile is by far one of the albeit queerest pieces of experimental cinema this side of the Lower East Side.
They took two days to film in a New York atticNineteen to show us nineteen minutes of pure heteromorphic deeelight.