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Flesh (1968)

A man desperate for money and no income, turns prostitute and interplays with a variety of clients and hustlers.

Director:

Paul Morrissey

Writer:

Paul Morrissey
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joe Dallesandro ... Joe - the Hustler
Geraldine Smith ... Geri - Joe's Wife
Patti D'Arbanville ... Patti - Geri's Lover
Candy Darling ... Candy - a Transvestite
Jackie Curtis ... Jackie - a Transvestite
John Christian John Christian ... Joe's Customer
Maurice Braddell Maurice Braddell ... The Artist
Geri Miller Geri Miller ... Terry
Louis Waldon Louis Waldon ... David - the Gymnast
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barry Brown Barry Brown ... Boy in street
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Storyline

Geri (Geraldine Smith) ejects her husband Joe (Joe Dalessandro) from bed, and insists he go out on the streets to make some money for her girlfriend's abortion. This leads to Joe's various encounters with clients on the streets of New York City: an Artist (Maurice Bradell) who wishes to draw Joe, a Gymnast (Louis Waldon), and another 'John' (John Christian). Joe spends time with other hustlers, one of whom is played by his real life brother, and teaches the tricks of the trade to the New Hustler (Barry Brown). Back home, Joe interacts with his real life one-year-old son. Joe gets back home, presumably at the end of his duty work, and is in bed with Geri and her girlfriend Patti (Patti D'Arbanville). The women strip Joe and begin to get intimate with each other; Joe gets bored and falls asleep. (Source: Wikipedia) Written by Artemis-9

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Just an ordinary day in the life of a male hustler.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1970 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Andy Warhol's Flesh See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$4,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Factory Films (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

UK censor John Trevelyan was wary of issuing the film a cinema certificate and suggested to the distributors that the film be shown on a club basis. When it was initially shown at the Open Space Theatre in London in February 1970 the cinema was raided by police who attempted to seize the film, leading Trevelyan himself to hastily rush to the cinema and vigorously defend the movie against possible prosecution, calling the police action 'unjustified and preposterous'. In the light of this incident Trevelyan was able to grant the film an uncut 'X' certificate. See more »

Goofs

During a scene with the go-go dancer, Candy and Jackie alternately call her by the character's first name (Terry) and that of the actress playing her (Geri Miller). See more »

Quotes

Candy, a Transvestite: Don't you know the angels are watching?
Terry: They're doing it too.
Joe, the Hustler: Mother used to watch. She didn't mind.
Jackie, a Transvestite: You know Joe. You'll never get to Heaven if you break my heart.
Joe, the Hustler: I don't want to go to Heaven anyway.
Jackie, a Transvestite: You better be careful. Joan is watching.
Terry: Who's Joan?
Jackie, a Transvestite: Joan Crawford!
Terry: Oh. She's done it too.
Candy, a Transvestite: What did you say? Joan Crawford?
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits run sideways and list Warhol's name, the title, the main cast members, and that it was written, photographed and directed by Paul Morissey. See more »

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Soundtracks

Makin' Wicky Wacky Down in Waikiki
Performed by Sophie Tucker.
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Art for Andy's sake
27 November 2006 | by nycruise-1See all my reviews

This is the epitome of the "experimental" genre.

Very often, films like this are simply created at the whim of the director and producer - neither of whom really know what the outcome will be.

These kinds of films usually are exercises in self-indulgence.

"Flesh" is no different. It's just that a lot of Andy and Paul do with Joe (and I'm sure that many of the scenes were realized fantasies of Andy's about Joe).

Is this is a good movie? a bad movie?

The answer is neither - it exists to be viewed by the people who are familiar with this genre.


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