The article is an attempt to introduce to Polish audience the artistic works and the person of James Broughton, one of the most important representatives of the American avant-garde. Outlining his profile, Idczak tries to show it as widely as possible against a broader background of the period, referring to debates about artistic strategies and poetic cinema fought by other avant-garde authors (for example Maya Deren). The main aim is to show Broughton mostly as an artist, not as a social activist. In his work the poetic and cinematic aspirations were intertwined and mutually conditioned. The article focuses on the themes found in the entire Broughton’s oeuvre: the body, eroticism, ecstasy, motion (as the most important notion of being), love, and finally — joy, as a form of artistic message and myth.