21 January 2013 9:12 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This Saturday night, James Franco and filmmaker Travis Mathews ("I Want Your Love," "In Their Room") debuted their doc/narrative hybrid "Interior. Leather Bar." to a captive audience that was either slightly confused or completely excited.  The film does its best to recreate the 40 lost minutes of William Friedkin's controversial 1980 thriller "Cruising" -- footage excised from the film that's assumed to be scenes depicting sex in the leather bars in which Al Pacino's detective character goes undercover. "Interior. Leather Bar." is much about the actual process of recreating those scenes as it is about the qualms the actor playing Pacino, Franco's friend Val Lauren, has about acting in the film. Read More: Sundance Review: James Franco Discusses His Sexuality (And Yours) In 'Interior. Leather Bar' Many in the audience wondered aloud why Franco wanted to delve into the themes in the film; »

- Bryce J. Renninger

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