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Flesh / Trash / Heat [DVD]

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  • Actors: Joe Dallesandro, Geraldine Smith, Patti d'Arbanville, Candy Darling, Jackie Curtis
  • Directors: Paul Morrissey
  • Producers: Andy Warhol
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2005
  • Run Time: 317 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007NBJ1Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,358 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Triple-bill of controversial and experimental films made in collaboration between artist Andy Warhol and writer/director Paul Morrissey in Warhol's 'Factory' period. 'Flesh', using improvisational dialogue and acting, follows a young street hustler (Joe Dallesandro), who sells his body to raise money for his wife's lesbian lover to have an abortion. Dallesandro stars again in 'Trash' (1970) as a degraded junkie looking for his next fix, who hangs out with Holly (Holly Woodlawn), a transvestite who scours through garbage dumps to see what she can find. Finally, 'Heat' (1972) sees Dallesandro play a washed-up actor who prostitutes himself to his landlady to reduce his rent.

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By Mr. A. Peacock VINE VOICE on 13 April 2007
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I'd heard and read so much about this underground trilogy before finally seeing it; mostly i was told it was simply a trashy pretentious load of garbage - by people who either hadn't seen it or only very small parts a long time ago.

So i wasn't excecting brilliance, i mean it's Warhol cinema it's hardly going to be rivitting, right?

But how wrong could i be!!! The first film 'Flesh deal's with Joe (Dallesandro looking particularly beautiful) The Hustler in a "day in the life" sort of way; which is full of endless brilliant moment's like when he's with superstar Candy Darling etc, and the time he's posing for a ridiculously weird elderly artist. The visuals are suprisingly well done too for what is essentially known as trash cinema.

The second film 'Trash' shows a far less cool Joe as an untalkative impotent heroin addict "married" to a "girl" who just wants a peaceful homelife. Similar in many ways to Flesh it features frequent bizarre encounters with Warhol regulars and other scum-like people who are absolutely fascinating to watch.

'Heat' is far more like a narrative film than the previous two, and features Dallesandro as an actor struggling to find work while relaxing at a beach hotel; he meets a crazy girl but ends up involved in a sexual relationship with her mother - once a big star and desperate for attention again. This film plays out very much along the lines of 'Sunset Boulevard'(1950), but with plenty of sex and trashiness.

The picture quality in all three film's is outstanding and was supervised by Morrisey himself (Warhol himself only supplied actors and actresses for the film, we still have to wait to get one of his films on dvd).
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By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 31 July 2013
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This trilogy makes compelling, very enjoyable viewing, if you happen to like the kind of thing it is ... I think potential buyers should try and see some clips on youtube before purchasing, because for some people the whole thing is very boring. The style is very far from modern filmmaking, with no sense of a pitch in terms of plot or relevance to the viewer, or debate around issues, or pacy narrative style. All three movies float through the cinematic space Morrissey sets up, with much emphasis on the physical charms of Joe Dallesandro, who is really at the heart of the undertaking. He is subtly different in all three films, at his most insouciant and freewheeling in the first, Flesh, which shows him trying to get the money for his wife's girlfriend's abortion. It's not giving too much away to reveal that she never has it, as the film has a generosity of spirit that makes such an event highly unlikely. One of the highlights of the film is when the girlfriend decorates his genitals with a large bow and gets him to walk around like that ... and a very funny sequence with an elderly man who wants him to pose like a Greek athlete for aesthetic appreciation, while keeping up a continuous art-historical commentary.

Paul Morrissey has said that Trash is so-named because that's what a junkie is - a piece of trash, but his puritanical intention seems to get lost somewhere in the making of the film - for me, at least - because I feel his tone is generous throughout. It's true that the shooting-up scenes in this second fim make you wince, and that the character would clearly be better-off without all this, but there is a lot to enjoy in the film in terms of absurd situations.
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This box set is excellent value and the transfer to DVD is first rate. Of course, it is a must in the collection of those interested in the history of the cinema. The movies themselves?
Well, "Flesh" is exceptional and Dallesandro's performance is touching. It gets the 5 stars. "Trash" is, well, interesting and trashy. Dallesandro as a heroin addict is not given much scope except to look doped out of his skull most of time. But "Heat" gets 5 stars as well for being really ghastly, badly acted and scripted! It has been seen as the best of the three but is only worth a look to see how unredeemingly bad it actually is. Both "Trash" and "Heat" appear to be trading off the sheer brilliance of "Flesh".
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ALL THE WARHOL SUPERSTARS ARE HERE PLUS THE ADDED BONUS OF THE WONDERFUL SYLVIA MILES IN HEAT .10\10. HOLLY WOODLAWN JUST WONT SELL HER SHOES TO WELFARE WORKER AND SHE IS SENSATIONAL
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