Started by NEON MERCURY, March 06, 2004, 08:42:54 PM
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Quote from: Letterboxd user matt lynchSome quick research shows that this is almost entirely staged. Storyboarded but unscripted, shot improv/verite starring people playing themselves and edited by a guy who claims he didn't know the footage wasn't real. Totally fascinating in its presentation of a porn industry riddled with drug abuse, narcissism, and misogyny but also populated mostly by professionals interested in merging their craft with a sex-positive (by 1986 standards) environment. Things get even more uncomfortably engrossing as the IRL romantic relationship between the two leads (real life porn actresses Sharon Mitchell and Tigr Bennet, essentially playing themselves) totally implodes in reality just as their characters' does in the film. Fairly naive about its intrinsic exploitation of its subjects but also completely unvarnished...it may have been scripted that they shoot coke together on camera, but that's also really two junkie porn actresses interrupting their breakup fight for a blast. Frequently pretentious and still totally searing. Great shit.
Quote from: Letterboxd user christiethis film rests on an uncanny tightrope where principles of fakeness and objectivity are disassembled, leading to staged interactions red-raw with veneers of abrading truths. everything is a performance, everything is on show, so why try to break apart these entanglements of fiction and nonfiction when the two alloyed provide the most potent takeaways?