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Interior. Leather Bar. (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 3 October 2013 (Portugal)
Filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews re-imagine the lost 40 minutes from "Cruising" as a starting point to a broader exploration of sexual and creative freedom.

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On the first day of shooting, James Franco, David Shields and Caleb Powell throw out the script when a real life argument breaks out between the three of them about what can and can't be ... See full summary »

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Val / Steve
Christian Patrick ...
Master Avery
Brenden Gregory ...
Brenden
Brad Roberge ...
Bradley (as Bradley Roberge)
Robbie Acklen ...
Robbie
Osbaldo Daniel Alvarez ...
Osbaldo
Andres Barcelo ...
Andres
Samantha Barrows ...
Samantha
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Nick
Seana Carroll ...
Seana
Collin Chavez ...
Drag Queen
Jol Devitro ...
Jol
Julie Diaz ...
Julie
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Brianna Getrost ...
Brianna
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In order to avoid an X rating, 40 minutes of gay S&M footage was rumored to be cut and destroyed from the 1980 film, "Cruising." Inspired by the mythology of this controversial film, filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews collaborate to imagine their own lost footage. Amid the backdrop of a frenzied film set actor Val Lauren reluctantly agrees to take the lead in the film. Val is repeatedly forced to negotiate his boundaries during scenes on and "off camera," as unsimulated gay sex happens around him. The film itself is constructed as a play with boundaries remaining queer in subject and form. As much a film about filmmaking as it is about an exploration of sexual and creative freedom, "Interior. Leather Bar." defies easy categorization. Written by Production

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$5,218 (USA) (3 January 2014)

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$40,862 (USA) (11 April 2014)
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Val: Are you comfortable with physical contact with other dudes?
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Cardboard Lamb
Performed by Crash Course in Science
Written by D. Felicello, M. Yago and M. Zodorozny
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An explicit movie about making an explicit movie
25 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As many reviewers have noted, this movie does not aim to capture the 40 suppressed minutes of "Cruising," even though it was billed as such. It's not clear what's behind that mismatch. Did the movie's intent shift while it was being made? Whatever the reason, it's hard to understand who benefited from the misleading marketing of the movie.

We learn what the movie's about as we watch. James Franco explains his desire to overturn cultural conventions against explicit sex, which he finds odd because sex is constantly in the forefront of our consciousness. Porn, however socially unacceptable, is popular.

Val Lauren plays a straight man in two senses: he's a straight guy in a gay movie, plus his questions give James Franco an opening to explain the purpose behind the film. As Val notes toward the end, the explicitness was there all right, but it wasn't nearly as big a deal as our minds had conjured it up to be.

Whether or not this is someone's cup of tea, Franco reveals a refreshing degree of honesty and understanding. After all, most of the characters in the movie, in comments by them or by their family about the goings- on, are dubious to negative about the merits. That's what most of us probably think as well. The film is supposed to challenge that thinking.


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