A heroin junkie works as a prostitute to support his habit and fund an abortion needed by the girlfriend of his lesbian wife. His seedy encounters with delusional and damaged clients, and dates with drag queens and hustlers are heavy on sex, drugs and decadence.
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Contemplation of the body as raw and straightforward as I'd never seen. The body as an object used by everyone - it is this idea that generates the movie's profound sadness and melancholy, which are very subtle, disguised under a layer of irony and brechtian strategies (the relation of the cutpoint with the position of the body on the shot is powerfully self-conscious and the dialogues are conceptual and artificial).
"Desire" list: Dalessandro, Dalessando, Dalessandro. This film is an incredible accompanying device of his immense eroticism through all the motion(s ) and sequences of the film, giving us a lasting impression that life was there and we were with it, with him. Emotion picture.
Is this a spectacular film? Maybe, maybe not. What I can say is that I applaud its contribution to male nudity, which is often frowned upon and even feared by American film censoring. Flesh portrays male nudity as it should be; beautiful and without judgment.
What's fascinating about this is that rather than being similar to Warhol's films, this almost seems like a counterpoint, in dialogue with movies like 'i, a man' and 'bike boy'. There's a pathos here that amounts to a conservatism, as opposed to the real sense of natural freedom in Warhol's movies. You couldn't ask for a better contrast, and it's impressive Warhol and Morrissey realized that.