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7.2
/10
435 Ratings

Variety

Directed by Bette Gordon
United States, United Kingdom, 1983
Drama
  • English
  • English

Synopsis

Christine, a bright and unassuming young woman, takes a job selling tickets at a porno theater near Times Square. Instead of distancing herself from the dark and erotic nature of this milieu, Christine soon develops an obsession that begins to consume her life.

Our take

Based on a Brechtian script by Kathy Acker and starring New York underground legends like Nan Goldin and Cookie Mueller, Bette Gordon’s trailblazing New York indie powerfully inverts the gendered conventions of the erotic thriller, foregrounding women’s sexual fantasies in grimy, downtown New York.

Variety Directed by Bette Gordon

Critics reviews

Gordon crafts a rich, subaltern world, whose deep neon contrasts become a metaphor for Christine’s self-empowerment, wrestling for recognition.
August 07, 2019
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Christine’s power as a woman in this space is that she’s asserting her body’s right to exist among men, and in that regard it’s one of the most deeply layered, complex pictures in the wake of women moving into the workforce.
July 17, 2018
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Bette Gordon’s singular 1983 film Variety goes beyond being a mere document of its era, calling into question representation of desire and filmmaking conventions that persist to this day… Probing but never didactic, Gordon’s film is a unique feminist thought experiment that doubles as love letter to Fear City–era New York.
March 02, 2016
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