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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Pretty accurate! It reaches its subject (and the subsequent message) in a very creative way, blending documentary, mockumentary and fiction. Not to be seen as a movie, but as a manifesto through filmmaking.
"it's in bad taste" "well, we shot it in a tastful way". I hate Franco for picking up books to adapt and fuck up, but when the guy starts a project from scratch with the objective of confronting and defy audiences and mentalities, I have to ride along with it. It's nasty and to the point and I wish there were more movies like this.
what kept this from being perfect (and it came close) was honestly that it feels like it needed a third act. according to the DP at the q&a, they only had two days to shoot because of james franco's schedule, which is a shame because there are brilliant things happening here (despite my reservations about franco as an "artist") that really deserve another half hour of film. that being said, it's still fascinating.
I was expecting to see the finished product of this creative project, not a "making of" or "behind the scenes" thing, or even worse at times this felt like a reality TV show about doing this project. The few minutes of sex scenes were cool, tho.
Franco & Mathews, playing themselves, stage a contemporary, imagined production of the lost bar scenes as their actors battle (sometimes as frenetically as the original Steve Burns) their own internalized homophobia…at times, the attention to their panic does the experiment's broader mission a disservice. This docufiction is Franco and Mathews’ attempt at addressing age-old questions of assimilation vs liberation.
Certainly didn't appreciate some of the editing in Franco's argument with the main actor, which is to me the quintessential part of this project. [I'm gay in art and straight in real life? What the fuck, Franco. What the fuck.]