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Variety (1983)

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Christine (Sandy McLeod) takes a job selling tickets at a porno theater near Times Square. Instead of distancing herself from the dark and erotic nature of this milieu, she develops an ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandy McLeod ...
Christine
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Mark
Richard Davidson ...
Louie
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Jose
Nan Goldin ...
Nan
Lee R. Tucker ...
Projectionist (as Lee Tucker)
Peter Rizzo ...
Driver
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Business Manager / Porn Customer
Suzanne Fletcher ...
Woman in Bar
Peyton Green ...
Woman in Bar
Cookie Mueller ...
Woman in Bar
Norma Angelica Rodriguez ...
Woman in Bar (as Norma Rodriguez)
Sally Rodwell ...
Woman in Bar
Nancy Reilly ...
(voice)
Scotty Snyder ...
(voice)
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Christine (Sandy McLeod) takes a job selling tickets at a porno theater near Times Square. Instead of distancing herself from the dark and erotic nature of this milieu, she develops an obsession that begins to consume her life. Few films deal honestly with a female sexual pointof-view, controversial and highly personal, VARIETY does just this. Written by Anonymous

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The footage of a Yankees game [0:51] shows Yankees pitcher "49" pitching to Yankees batter "36" while another Yankee steals second base. Behind the plate is catcher "15" from an opposing team (possible the Baltimore Orioles), although the scoreboard shot during the National Anthem depicted a game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. See more »

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The feminist director's answer to anti-porn feminists
23 May 1999 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

There is no doubt that feminism is what holds this movie together.

Bette Gordon made this movie in the height of the feminist debate over pornography. She doesn't endorse or condemn porn in this movie.

"Variety" depicts a woman who uses porn as a tool of self-exploration.

The movie is also a spoof of film noir. Gordon has fun with the genre by changing the sex of the main character to female. She lets her heroine play the amateur sleuth, which is traditionally a male character.

Unlike many genre movies in which women are terrorized, there is no victim in "Variety." Gordon contends that pornography doesn't necessarily make women victims. It is so refreshing that Gordon never puts her heroine at the site of male violence.

Gordon succeeds in keeping the viewer in suspense till the very end of the movie.


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