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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Suprised, 13 April 2007
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Mr. A. Peacock "Sandy Peacock" (Edinburgh, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Flesh / Trash / Heat [DVD] (DVD)
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). There are some particularly amusing commentaries with a psychologist and some critics; and introductions to all the films by Morrisey himself.

Overall i don't think i could rate each film individually as each has it own amount of genius, but i definately would say that this (fully uncut) boxset is a must buy to anyone who collects dvds, and that we should be truly thankful this has actually been released on dvd in the first place!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great films, 31 July 2013
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This review is from: Flesh / Trash / Heat [DVD] (DVD)
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. One of its delights is his girlfriend, played by transvestite Holly Woodlawn, who is completely engaging as a slightly desperate figure who waylays a boy on his way to a concert for sexual purposes, bringing him back home along with lots of junk furniture she finds in the street. At the end she tries to claim welfare on the grounds of pregnancy, but is undone in the interview in their junk-furnished flat by the cushion falling out from under her sweater. The third film is the most conventional in terms of plot, a kind of reworking of Sunset Boulevard but much less dark and much more comically eccentric. These films have so many delightful moments I see them as a defining moment in American cinema around 1970, not so far in sensibility from Easy Rider, with the luscious Joe holding the whole thing together in unique style.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars nevertheless, 17 Sept. 2005
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Antony Bijker (Grabouw, Western Cape South Africa) - See all my reviews
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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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set, 27 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Flesh / Trash / Heat [DVD] (DVD)
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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