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Interior. Leather Bar [DVD]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2014
Having seen CRUISING when it was first released, it was certainly an interesting and confronting film, for its time, given it features straight actors and a straight director, with a major studio producing it. However it challenged all sorts of issues around gay lifestyles, and having Al Pacino in the lead only made it much more titillating, and full marks to hime fort doing it.
But INTERIOR, LEATHER BAR is essentially a curiosity. Are we to assume that there will be the 40 minutes of film that has been 're-imagined' made available at some later date? I have to say its not all that interesting to me either way.....Otherwise, what is the point of this documentary? It looks like its one of the 'special features' extras on the DVD that has the complete 40 minutes of re-filmed footage - which is exactly what the INTERIOR: LEATHER BAR is all about?....
I'm a great fan of James Franco...but with this 59 minute release, I get the feeling that the 40 minutes of actual footage has gone to a private collection.....question is...who's?
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2013
Interior. Leather Bar is one of the most interesting films I have seen this year - it touches on so many themes, which at the same time are really entertaining. The fact the film was made by James Franco and Travis Mathews makes it even better. I was a big fan of Mathews other films I Want Your Love and to see Franco's work outside his Hollywood films really adds to his image and proves he is a bigger star than so many others. At times the film is sexy, it is intelligent and it is really something very much worth having a discussion about. This particular set looks great in the special edition box and the extra features are all really interesting - certainly worth it for yourself. I bought two, the second to give as an Xmas pressie!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 2014
A curiosity but I'd rather see the footage from Cruising. I first saw Cruising when it appeared and, as a young and naïve gay man, I walked out. I thought it painted being gay as something you 'caught' and the sex as perverse and dark. It did but when I re-watched it ten years later the footage in the Mineshaft was perhaps the most realist portrayal of heavy fetish clubs you will see on film. Reading between the crass cuts you could see that the idea Pacino was being 'perverted' was a studio line they decided would play better. Ignore the plot and you'll see a pretty good portrayal of the world of Robert Mapplethorpe and others (as a not so naïve middle aged man I went to those places and know them now). Franco, like most of todays Queer identified artists, plays with the idea of the medium. A conceptual approach to film not really the issues, blurring whether what we see is all a pose or real engagement and excusing that as 'interesting' questioning of 'truth'. It largely ignores any actual engagement with the facts behind the original film.

No one really gets their hands dirty here (fisting or otherwise) despite the big play that's made for it as a dangerous project for the actors careers. It feels like a frat house who, shock horror, visited a gay bar and survived. There are interesting ideas: the inclusion of real sex in films and straight actors talking about doing gay sex. However I was left thinking it was all a bit of a straight therapy group trying to be more metrosexual. Maybe if Franco had asked them to empathise with Rock Hudson or Tab Hunter playing straight I'd have been more engaged. The actor playing Pacino copied his inept attempts to 'play gay' in the original film: anyone gay man watching Cruising will easily pick out the bad dancers and unconvincing erotic's of the straight actors.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2014
I was thought James Franco was a great actor and i love how he challenges the norm!!!!

His views at times made me proud to be a fan...

The way he tackles things is simply incredible and i can't wait to see more of his work

i think if your thinking of buying it just do it you won't be dissapointed
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on 27 January 2014
It depends which way you look at it. It's a very interesting documentary, however it is quite underwhelming as a film.
From a doc perspective, it raises some good points and asks quite intellectual and relevant questions.
However, as a movie, it's definitely advertised falsely. It's not at all 40mins of imagined lost footage. There's about 10mins if that of lost footage, which contains REAL sex by the way, however the remaining 50mins is simply the directors and actors talking about their excitement or apprehension about being in the film, the film that we don't really get to see... P.s James Franco fans, he's barely in it.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2013
I have to say, I was surprised by this film. While not exactly what I was expecting, I think it was actually far more interesting. It cleverly makes you question everything that we have been conditioned to believe is acceptable or not. For instance why are we happy with peoples heads and limbs being blown off in 12 and 15's, yet any explicit sex, especially gay sex is automatically an 18. What ever you believe, it's definitely worth owning. Let the debate start! :)
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on 19 April 2014
This is more a documentry than a film. I was very very interested by the premise as its about the missing 40 mins of the Al Pacino film "Cruising". Its beyond pretencious at all levels with the documentary makers full of pointless irritating clap trap. Im glad ive seen it but i doubt so much fuss would have been made if Franco wasnt involved. By the end we dont learn anything at all. Wasted oppurnity....... sadly
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on 1 August 2014
Though its style may turn some people off, I found this movie to be incredibly interesting. As a straight person, this movie really makes you think about the way people are brought up to think about gay people and their lifestyles. Beautifully shot and unflinchingly raw, this is a fantastic documentary.
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on 8 February 2015
A lot of noise for no content. Simply that, nothing to see. No relation to the original film really, some made up angst and a few gratuitous scenes and then it ends. Dull and fast forwarded for the most part.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 2014
I was surprised that James Franco remaked a classic gay film that the origianl had Marlin Brando in the 1970 verson but this one touches the classic and does not go on a tangent of the story line (like most remake films do) plus with extra sceens that wasn't allow in the origianl that James Franco placed in this version.

I salut you James Franco, you are a great actor and a bloody good Director!
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