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Interior. Leather Bar.

United States, 2013
Drama, Avant-Garde, LGBTQ+


James Franco has teamed with esoteric erotic film director Travis Mathews on a installation/film project that attempts to re-create 40 minutes of excised and destroyed footage from William Friedkin’s notorious 1980 thriller Cruising.

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Interior. Leather Bar. Directed by Travis Mathews, James Franco
Interior. Leather Bar isn’t really about gay sex or S&M or the missing footage fromCruising. It isn’t even about Cruising at all. It reflects the very anxiety it claims to challenge… There are just a handful of explicit scenes in Interior. Leather Bar, and it’s unclear which, if any of them, correspond to anything that was excised from Cruising.
April 08, 2014
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The most keenly observed moments subsume the discomfort of participating in “Franco’s faggot project” into a larger anxiety about making it in the business; Interior. Leather Bar.might have been called Gay. For Pay. As for the unabashed homosexuals on set, notably the “real-life” couple willing to fuck on camera, the pleasure they take in each other’s bodies is the least affected thing on view, a rebuke to the flaccid identity games being mobilized by a movie star with a boner for queer theory.
March 05, 2014
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…Mr. Franco and Mr. Mathews have set out to reimagine this excised material [from Friedkin’s Cruising]. They’ve done just that in a movie about a movie that turns out to be something of an intellectual house of mirrors. Coming in a densely packed 60 minutes that could easily have been extended, “Interior. Leather Bar.” — the title mimics a screenplay scene heading — is simultaneously an act of creation and deconstruction.
March 04, 2014
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