In Bette Gordon’s pioneering indie narrative about voyeurism from a female perspective, a young woman (Sandy McLeod) works as a ticket taker in a porn theater, and her curiosity leads her to shadow a male patron. This film features an unparalleled collaborative team of downtown artists from the early 1980s, including composer John Lurie, cinematographer Tom DiCillo, writer Kathy Acker, photographer Nan Goldin, and actor Spalding Gray. Variety was shot on location in New York City at the now bygone landmarks of the Variety Theatre, Fulton Fish Market, and Yankee Stadium, as well as an edgier incarnation of Times Square. –Tribeca Film Festival
Bette Gordon is a New York-based filmmaker best known for her feminist-oriented independent films. She began her career while enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in collaboration with her former husband James Benning. At that time all of her films were experimental. Gordon continued making experimental films when she served as a professor at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. She moved to New York in 1979. A year later Gordon created Empty Suitcases, a psychodrama combined with avant-garde elements. —Wikipedia
Watching this on Netflix streaming right now... The color is awesome and I just realized that the script was written by Kathy Acker!
A gender-reversal noir: mousy girl intrigued by seedy '80s Times Square porn universe, goes to the Fulton Fish Market (!) to investigate. Pornography as formidable self-expression. Slow & steady movie; really interesting to see the old, pre-Midwestern mom infested Times Square and young, broke Luis Guzman. Lead actress is so horrible she's charming; it's like, why didn't they hire Scooby Doo & The Mystery Team?