Finely stylized biopic about the slow demise of the popular actor Bob Crane: from respectable father to sex slave and private porn video pioneer, who embraces his demons as if they are his best friends.
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Imagine a double bill with Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Boogie Nights' and you'll have a perfect idea of the beginnings of porn industry in the USA. Now add the catholic background of Paul Schrader and you'll have the description of the schizophrenic American behaviour about sexuality with its mix of libertinism and prudishness. Masterpiece.
The rare, honest biopic; showcasing the filth of fame and highlighting the interchange between smut and smarm. Schrader's shift in styles as the social eras pass is initially jarring, but the troubling twenty minutes of Lynchian clarity at the end are neccessary after all the acting that came before.
A great underrated voyueristic classic. The bio can still be done right!! It's funny cuz the looks and feel in the beginning seems like your run of the mill bio that has been done as nauseum. But the dirt slowly creeps in and you realize that this is a classic in the form
I took a long shower after watching this - to rinse off the slimy feeling I couldn't shake. Schrader's films do that to me, yet there is no denying that this is an excellent movie, esp. for its acting. The handsome but bland visage of Greg Kinnear was the perfect choice to play Bob Cramer, playing off Willem Dafoe's vile take on Carpenter. And (sob!) I used to love Hogan's Heroes.