Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Moment to Moment

Awhile back, Emily and I watched Variety, a 1983 film directed by Bette Gordon and starring Sandy McLeod as Christine, "a normal girl" who takes a job as a ticket taker at a porn theater in Times Square.

Nan Goldin Variety Booth, New York City, 1983

Nan Goldin co-stars as Nan (the movie seems to have been inspired by her work and definitely feels like The Ballad of Sexual Dependency in motion). Cookie Mueller makes a few appearances and Spalding Gray is audible as an obscene phone caller. Will Patton plays Christine's sort-of boyfriend; Luiz Guzman plays José, the manager of the theater; John Lurie did the score. It's a quintessential, exciting/foreboding document of early '80s New York and worth owning if you're into that kind of thing. Here's the trailer:

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