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High Art -- A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other.


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12 June 1998 (USA) See more »
a story of ambition, sacrifice, seduction and other career moves.
A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Radha Mitchell ... Syd

Gabriel Mann ... James

Charis Michelsen ... Debby

David Thornton ... Harry

Anh Duong ... Dominique

Ally Sheedy ... Lucy Berliner

Patricia Clarkson ... Greta

Helen Mendes ... White Hawk

Bill Sage ... Arnie

Tammy Grimes ... Vera
Cindra Feuer ... Delia

Anthony Ruivivar ... Xander

Elaine Tse ... Zoe

Rudolf Martin ... Dieter
Laura Ekstrand ... Waitress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sarita Choudhury ... Joan (uncredited)

Stephen Gevedon ... Man at Party (uncredited)
Craig Wedren ... Shudder to Think (uncredited)

Directed by
Lisa Cholodenko 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lisa Cholodenko  writer

Produced by
Dolly Hall .... producer
Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte .... producer (as Jeffrey Levy-Hinte)
Lori E. Seid .... associate producer
Susan A. Stover .... producer
Original Music by
Stuart Hill  (as Shudder to Think)
Nathan Larson  (as Shudder to Think)
Craig Wedren  (as Shudder to Think)
Cinematography by
Tami Reiker 
Film Editing by
Amy E. Duddleston 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Billy Hopkins 
Suzanne Smith 
Production Design by
Bernhard Blythe 
Art Direction by
Caryn Marcus 
Costume Design by
Victoria Farrell 
Makeup Department
Maryann Marchetti .... assistant makeup artist
Dorene Oakley .... assistant makeup artist
Mia Thoen .... hair stylist
Mia Thoen .... makeup artist
Production Management
Exile Ramirez .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gwen Bialic .... second second assistant director
Cecily Kaston .... second assistant director
Kelly McKaig .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jeff Carter .... contributing artist
Mechelle Chojecki .... contributing artist
Anne-Christine D'Adesky .... contributing artist
Sean De Simone .... art department coordinator
Peter Fay .... contributing artist
Daphne Fitzpatrick .... contributing artist
Louis Fox .... art department assistant
Jackie Hamilton .... contributing artist (as Jackie Hamilton)
Emily Krill .... contributing artist
Zoe Leonard .... contributing artist
Make Lu .... contributing artist
Cynthia Madansky .... graphic designer
Carol Pavitt .... contributing artist
Michael Pirrocco .... contributing artist
Camilla Slattery .... contributing artist
David Wojnarowicz .... contributing artist
Suzanne Wright .... contributing artist
Sound Department
Kevin Bowe .... boom operator
Kevin Bowe .... sound intern
Laurel Bridges .... boom operator
Tammy Douglas .... additional boom operator
Tom Efinger .... supervising sound editor
Robert Fernandez .... re-recording mixer (as Rob Fernandez)
Jonah Lawrence .... sound designer
Jamie Moore .... additional boom operator
Noah Timan .... production sound mixer
Damian Volpe .... supervising sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Nina Berman .... photographer: frame cover
Claire F. Cario .... first assistant camera
Jill Cowburn .... second assistant camera
Karen Crumley .... photographer: frame cover
Exum .... photographer: frame cover
Robert Flynt .... photographer: frame cover
Nan Goldin .... photographer: frame cover
Janine Gordon .... photographer: frame cover
Michael N. Green .... additional electrician
Jackie Hamilton .... jib operator
James Harker .... electrician
Lianne Harris .... photographer: frame cover
Brenda Ann Kenneally .... photographer: frame cover
Ted LeHane .... key grip
Ernest Montgomery .... photographer: frame cover
Barbara Nitke .... photographer: frame cover
Martin Nowlan .... best boy
Mark Peterson .... photographer: frame cover
Jack Pierson .... photographer: frame cover
Steve Ramsey .... gaffer
Lauren Sorokin .... photographer: "Dieter Portfolio"
Amy Steiner .... photographer: frame cover
Walter Thomson .... additional still photographer
Robert Vizzini .... photographer: frame cover
JoJo Whilden .... photographer: "Lucy berliner"
JoJo Whilden .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rebecca Conroy .... wardrobe assistant
Anne Kenney .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
George Koran .... telecine colorist
Jennifer Ruff .... post-production coordinator
Location Management
Andrew W. Bennett .... location production assistant
Daniel Shaw .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Frank Egan .... music editor
Tracy McKnight .... music supervisor
Other crew
Brandon Baker .... set intern
G. Carleton Henrich .... assistant production coordinator
Gary Kauffman .... production counsel
Molly Maguire .... script supervisor
Livia Monte .... production coordinator
Alex Panagakis .... unit publicist
Gary Wattson .... production assistant
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... aerial coordinator
Ziv Assaf .... special thanks
Sarita Choudhury .... special thanks
Taye Diggs .... thanks
Milos Forman .... special thanks

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Rated R for strong sexuality, pervasive drug use and language
101 min | Colombia:87 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The character of Lucy Berliner (Ally Sheedy) was based on Nan Goldin's life and work.See more »
Syd:This is intense...
Lucy:Is it?
Syd:I'm not usually like this
Lucy:Like what?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter (2001)See more »
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27 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
good movie period, not good lesbian movie, 31 May 2005
Author: djanima from United States

I've been reading a lot of the comments about this movie, and i've seen it probably 3 or more times. Yet most of the comments seem to establish it as just a lesbian movie. I don't believe that. I am a lesbian yet that has nothing to do with what i think about the movie, and the same goes for the characters. Syd falls in love with Lucy but i don't see is as her "coming out as a lesbian". She's opening up to new feelings, and it just happens to be with a woman who is in a disastrous relationship already. Yet the movie itself grasps the inner depths of the characters. All the scenes seem to fold perfectly amongst each other, the subject of photography probably had something to do with it giving it a more symbiotic meaning to the story. This movie was great and every time i watch it i am left with a serene complacent feeling, even though the ending wasn't as expected.

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