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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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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:
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User Reviews:
Center Staged 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:
[About Richard's gift of $2000.]
Jerri:What planet is he from?
Florence:I'm still trying to figure that out.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Indie Sex: Extremes (2007) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
MilleniumSee more »

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35 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Center Staged, 17 June 2002
Author: Charles Tatum from North Dakota

Although more infamous for its sex scenes than its acting and

direction, Wayne Wang does marvels with a digital camera and his

actors in a very good independent film.

This is an adult film, so some of the descriptions in this review

may not be for young eyes. Peter Sarsgaard is Richard, a young

computer genius worth a million or so who takes a liking to

Florence, played by Molly Parker. They decide to take a trip to Las

Vegas together, with Richard paying for everything, and some

harsh guidelines set up by Florence: no kissing on the mouth,

together for just four hours every night, and no actual sexual

penetration. Goofy Richard goes along with the demands, and the

two skip town to Vegas. Richard is skipping more than just town,

his computer business is about to go IPO, and his partner can not

seem to get a hold of him.

Florence and Richard settle into a routine, and try to get to know

each other after being so intimate physically. Richard's love for

Florence is obvious, but slowly Florence begins to have feelings

for Richard that are not of the usual prostitute/john type. Carla

Gugino flashes in as one of Florence's screwed up friends, who

notices a change in Florence when she is with Richard. Eventually,

the couple begin breaking their rules, and the climactic sex scene

brings out everyone's true colors on the future of the relationship.

The title of the film is interesting in that Richard thinks the center of

the world is his computer, and Florence thinks it is a female's

sexual organs. Eventually in the film, Florence's definition seems

to be decided on, with Richard using his Center (money wise) to

get to her Center.

The film treads through the familiar sexual obsession territory, but

without going to the lengths that have been touched on in dozens

of late night Showtime and Sinemax series and made for cable

fodder. Richard is a genuine babe in the woods, trying to project a

dangerous side, when in fact he is a nice guy who wants to help

people. Try and keep track of how many times he asks Florence

and others if they are okay or all right.

Florence is a great character, unable to contain her growing

emotional attachment, so she uses her own body as a wall to

Richard's love. You find yourself wishing these two screwed up

people would get it together, but the ending leaves it up in the air

without being too frustrating.

If anything, I sometimes found the sex to get in the way of the plot.

Both people share innocuous stories from their past, then follow

through with kinky sexual acts, but I deemed more from the

stories.

Wang does a great job with the digital camera. He is respectful of

his actors, not getting into everyone's face because he has the

technology to, but he stays close enough to give the audience a

voyeuristic feeling in the hotel room scenes. While some scenes

run long here and there, I found the two main characters so

different and so interesting, I did not mind the slow spots.

There is a lot of sex and nudity here, but only one very brief scene

set in a strip club constitutes anything you would normally see in a

porno. This is the kind of film Roger Ebert has been screaming

about for years, demanding a new "A" for Adult rating that would be

higher than an "R," but not quite a porno either. The "NC17" blew

up in the MPAA's face, as it replaced the "X," it did not fall just

below it.

"The Center of the World" is just less than an hour and a half long,

but speaks volumes about its characters. I enjoyed it more than I

thought I would, I am still smarting from sitting through Wang's

"Chan is Missing," one of the most dull, overcelebrated, and

pointless films ever made. He has come a long way, and I highly

recommend this effort.

This is unrated, and contains some sexual violence, strong

profanity, very strong female nudity, strong male nudity, very strong

sexual content, brief pornographic sexual content, very strong

sexual references, drug abuse, and strong adult situations.

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