Vishnevetsky compares this to late Chaplin, and I agree, especially if you're talking about A King In New York. A work of simultaneous self-pitying martyrdom and withering autocritique. Also, it's damned gorgeous and the sound design/music is brilliant.
I haven't stopped thinking about this film. Just watched its 1970's ancestor, "Killing of a Chinese Bookie" (also about a pathetic but lovable strip joint owner who screws everything up gambling), and kept wanting to be watching "Go Go Tales" instead. I certainly hope it'll get a second chance and receive a wider audience down the line; it's one of Ferrara's masterpieces.
It's a shame that Ferrara and Dafoe's working relationship is infrequent (or perhaps started too late in the latter's career) because they feel as natural as Scorsese/De NIro to me. Ferrara is known for his earnestness, and every scene in which the camera focuses on Dafoe running from happiness to anger to everything in between beautifully echoes that.
Un film étrange, une sorte de huis-clos dans une boîte de Strip Tease : le Ruby's Paradise. Tout tourne autour du gérant du club : Willem Dafoe : qui se bat pour garder son bar ouvert et passe son argent dans le jeu.. N'attendez pas de scénario, on à plutôt affaire ici à un fourre tout séduisant avec quelques scènes superbes (Asia Argento..), mais au final on fini par s'ennuyer : comme les chinois..