Flesh / Trash / Heat [DVD]
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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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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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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".