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567 Ratings

Go Go Tales

Directed by Abel Ferrara
Italy, United States, 2007
Comedy, Drama


Ray Ruby is the proprietor of a joint where all of the dancing girls have big dreams of working their way up to bigger and better things. But trouble begins to brew when money suddenly comes between Ray and his two associates…

Our take

American filmmaker Abel Ferrara’s first intentional comedy is a lovely, funny, and lilting tribute to New York City. Loosely based on Cassavetes’s neo-noir The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, it evokes the tawdry glamour of the city strip club, and stars Willem Dafoe, Bob Hoskins and Asia Argento.

Go Go Tales Directed by Abel Ferrara

Critics reviews

Go Go Tales conjures a cosmic claustrophilia. Most of the film unfolds in Ray Ruby’s Paradise club, and the only other site (the illegal betting joint) – whose sliding door opens twice – is on the same block. The threat here is property, the transformation of the club into a cosmetics boutique – which is a kind of summary of Manhattan’s transformation, under Rudolph Giuliani, into a commercial centre.
October 01, 2007
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