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The Center of the World -- What should have been a simple cash-for-sex arrangement sends a young computer genius and a beautiful stripper on an emotionally shattering journey into their deepest erotic fantasies.
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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Wayne Wang (story) &
Miranda July (story) ...
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Release Date:
18 May 2001 (Italy) See more »
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Plot:
A couple checks into a suite in Las Vegas. In flashbacks we see that he's a computer whiz on the verge of becoming a dot.com millionaire... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Interesting for the Right Person See more (69 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Shane Edelman ... Porter

Peter Sarsgaard ... Richard Longman

Molly Parker ... Florence
Karry Brown ... Lap Dancer

Alisha Klass ... Pandora Stripper
Mel Gorham ... Roxanne
Lisa Newlan ... Porn Site Woman
Jason McCabe ... Pete (as Jason Mccabe Calacanis)
Travis Miljan ... Dog Owner
Jerry Sherman ... Old Man

Carla Gugino ... Jerri

Pat Morita ... Taxi Driver

Balthazar Getty ... Brian Pivano
Robert Lefkowitz ... Motel Manager
John Lombardo ... Gondolier
Kathy Florez ... Maid

Ian Gomez ... Delivery Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alison Amberley ... (uncredited)

David C. Fisher ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Maryjane Green ... Lap Dancer (uncredited)

Shirley Knight ... (uncredited)
Ron Nicolosi ... Ron - Coffee Shop Worker (uncredited)

James Reese ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Wayne Wang 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Wayne Wang (story) &
Miranda July (story) and
Paul Auster (story) &
Siri Hustvedt (story)

Ellen Benjamin Wong (screenplay)

Produced by
Ira Deutchman .... executive producer
Francey Grace .... co-producer
Greg Johnson .... executive producer
Heidi Levitt .... co-producer
Andrew Loo .... co-producer
Peter Newman .... producer
Wayne Wang .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Mauro Fiore 
 
Film Editing by
Lee Percy 
 
Casting by
Heidi Levitt 
Kris Nicolau 
 
Production Design by
Donald Graham Burt 
 
Art Direction by
Diana Kunce 
 
Costume Design by
Sophie De Rakoff  (as Sophie de Rakoff Carbonell)
 
Makeup Department
Lesley Anderson .... hair stylist
Paul LeBlanc .... hair stylist
Lydia Milars .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bill Block .... executive in charge of production
Andrew Loo .... unit production manager
Yael Melamede .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jonathan McGarry .... first assistant director
Paul Schmitz .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer
David Diamond .... boom operator
Jesse Ehredt .... sound recordist
Sean Garnhart .... sound re-recording mixer
Sean Garnhart .... sound supervisor
Albert Gasser .... supervising adr & dialogue editor
Skip Lievsay .... sound mixer
Bill Orrico .... first assistant sound editor
Aaron Rihel .... sound recordist
Jim Stuebe .... production sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Eric Heavens .... digital compositor
Dan Schmit .... visual effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Bauman .... gaffer
Monica Carey .... assistant camera
Sean Fairburn .... camera operator
Sean Fairburn .... video engineer
John Johnson .... still photographer
Anatoliy Neznanov .... electrician
 
Editorial Department
Michael Hatzer .... color timer
Marty Levenstein .... associate editor
Misako Shimizu .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Deva Anderson .... music supervisor
Delphine Robertson .... music coordinator
 
Other crew
Robin Antin .... choreographer
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Amy Carroll .... production assistant
Melissa Chesman .... production executive: Redeemable Features
Leann Emmert .... assistant location manager
Gabi Endicott .... script supervisor
Nancy Haecker .... location manager
Lora Hingst .... set production assistant
Alisha Klass .... technical advisor
M. Michelle Nishikawa .... production coordinator
Keith Potter .... set production assistant
Gaby Rizeanu .... script supervisor
Wayne T. Silva .... production assistant
James Traynor .... key location manager (as Jay Traynor)
Andrew Golov .... production executive (uncredited)
Andrew Golov .... studio executive (uncredited)
Timothy Scott Ralston .... studio projectionist (uncredited)
Cathy Ziehl .... studio coordinator (uncredited)
 

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88 min
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Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Jerri is yelling at Florence in the hotel room, the crew and equipment are reflected in the mirror.See more »
Quotes:
Florence:What did you think? That I was falling in love with you?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Indie Sex: Extremes (2007) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
CallejeroSee more »

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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Interesting for the Right Person, 17 March 2002
Author: benjm from New York

I thought this movie was a very worthwhile rental. However, it is not for everyone. Here is what I enjoyed:

1. Extremely convincing acting; 2. Sophisticated scripting and edits; 3. Intelligent dialog; 4. Interesting use of digital video (think grainy "Blair Witch" shots); 5. Some hot sex scenes; 6. Characters that interested me; 7. Deals with very raw and real emotions for these characters; 8. Director doesn't spoon feed the viewer. Some things in the scenes are better left unsaid, and they are left implicit for the viewer to grasp. I enjoy being treated as intelligent; 9. I appreciate the take on the dark side of Internet wiz-kids; 10. The movie succeeded in getting me to feel the mood of the characters very well. The feelings you are left with after watching the film--the ambiguity, the desire, the bitter-sweet frustration, even the slight weariness--enhanced the impact of the film for me.

What you May Not Care For:

1. Was I able to relate to the main male character only because I am a male involved in high-tech field?

2. Very slow pace. This is about burning emotions, coy dialog, and appreciation of believable acting. It's very cerebral. Not a typical drama by any means.

3. If you want to see even more sex, then rent a porn film. The sex here is not just about sex, but about adult loneliness and other adult themes.

4. There is a lot of subtle symbolism and fragments of dialog that you have to pay attention to get the most out of the film.

5. Many people who did not groove with the director as a whole would think the beginning, middle and ending was too slow and not satisfying.

6. If you don't appreciate the challenge of shooting realistic looking digital video in poorly-lit situations you may think the photography sucked. I didn't, it worked for me, but it's not for everyone.

7. Confusing cross-cutting scenes forward and backward in time. I thought it was very appropriate, but it could annoy others looking for simpler fare.

8. Too many things left unsaid in the dialog to be totally clear what is going on. I liked this, thought if very appropriate for what the characters were experiencing, and it made it feel much more voyeuristic, even kinky. Again, not for everyone.

9. You may not be able to get beyond the fact you are supposed to feel sorry for an Internet Wiz Millionaire and a confused young stripper who gets paid a lot of money for one weekend in Vegas. On the hand, they are still just two human beens and that is, I think, the whole point...

10. If you are a horny person looking for naked woman with big boobs I think the film will leave you, well, kind of flat.

In short, an interesting film for a young guy involved in high-tech and likes to think...

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