In Bette Gordon’s pioneering indie narrative about voyeurism from a female perspective, a young woman (Sandy McLeod) works as a ticket taker in a porn theater, and her curiosity leads her to shadow a male patron.
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Bit of a "who's who" of 80's loft space talent in this project. Maybe it didn't fire on all cylinders, but just to see so many new (at that time) film/art/fiction/music people putting their shoulders to the wheel is worthy of note.
"The 60s promised this idea of openness, but actually things closed down again, and I think they remain closed even today. There’s a certain belief that men don’t really want women who are open to sexuality or sex in the same way that they are. Eventually the open sexuality, I think, in a way backfired on women...." - Bette Gordon, Spout interview, 2009. 3.5 stars
A gender-reversal noir: mousy girl intrigued by seedy '80s Times Square porn universe, goes to the Fulton Fish Market (!) to investigate. Pornography as formidable self-expression. Slow & steady movie; really interesting to see the old, pre-Midwestern mom infested Times Square and young, broke Luis Guzman. Lead actress is so horrible she's charming; it's like, why didn't they hire Scooby Doo & The Mystery Team?