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interior. leather bar

James Franco, Travis Mathews | 2013 | O.V. English | United States | 60min | color

Synopsis :

“Awesome! Complicated, strange and avant-garde.” — Gus Van Sant

“A beautifully-made cinematic guide to penetrating the membranes of sexual fear that separate us.” — John Cameron Mitchell

Interior. Leather Bar refers to what may or may not be an apocryphal story about the missing 40 minutes of footage, cut by studio decree, from William Friedkin’s Cruising (1980). The film, which narrowly avoided an X rating, tells the story of a cop (Al Pacino) who goes undercover in NYC’s gay S&M scene to find a killer. The adjective controversial does not even begin to approximate the ensuing outcry. Filmmakers James Franco (Spring Breakers) and Travis Mathews (I Want Your Love) begin this hardcore art meta-project with the product of their insightful and exhaustive process — a re-contextualized re-enactment of one of the film’s “lost” sequences, set in the blue haze of a leather bar. This scene cuts to the filmmakers discussing same-sex marriage and straight society’s attempt to normalize the queer. This juxtaposition of the thoughtful and sexy, the conflicted and the uninhibited, forms the foundation of a fascinating, provocative rumination on normalization, the (threatened) male body and the devious manipulation inherent to cinema. — Madeleine Molyneaux

Preceded by LAS LUCHADORAS DE MEXICO (WORK AND TITLE IN PROGRESS) and ALAN VEGA, JUST A MILLION DREAMS TRAILER

INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR ( 3 films )