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Dottie Gets Spanked (1993)

An artistic six-year-old boy in 1960s America is obsessed with The Dotty Show. His father is concerned about the show's queering influence, especially the boy's fascination with a spanking scene.

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Todd Haynes

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Todd Haynes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
J. Evan Bonifant ... Steven Gale (as Evan Bonifant)
Barbara Garrick ... Lorraine Gale
Julie Halston ... Dottie Frank
Robert Pall Robert Pall ... Steven's Father
Harriet Sansom Harris ... Sharon's Mother (as Harriet Harris)
Irving Metzman Irving Metzman ... TV Show Guide
Ashley Chapman Ashley Chapman ... Sharon
Rhea Silver-Smith Rhea Silver-Smith ... Darcy
Gina Gallagher Gina Gallagher ... Kim
Adam Arkin ... Dick Gordon
Richard DeDomenico ... Dream Messenger
John Brian Rogers John Brian Rogers ... TV Director
Lenny Singer Lenny Singer ... Photographer / Assistant
Leo Ferstenberg Leo Ferstenberg ... Cameraman
Lindsay Rodio Lindsay Rodio ... Jennifer
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Another dazzling suburban phantasm from writer-director Todd Haynes, Dottie Gets Spanked (made post-Poison and pre-Safe) is a stylized, bittersweet nod to his childhood fascination with I Love Lucy. Deep in the heart of pre-hippie 1960s America, young artistically-inclined Steven Gale is obsessed with Dottie Frank, wacky star of the eponymous hit sitcom The Dottie Show. While his mother gently encourages the boy's fixation, his father grows increasingly frustrated by his son's apparently "sissified" interests. This provocative, heartfelt mini-feature anticipates Haynes' Oscar-nominated Far From Heaven with its excavation of placid mid-century surfaces and deeply-buried emotions. Written by Anonymous

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5 October 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Short, Short Short
3 June 2005 | by tedgSee all my reviews

I'm into movie watching for the so-called "long form." That's where you are transported to another world, something happens which may change your life and then (sometimes) you are registered back home.

Many, many elements of this enterprise are difficult, and few films do the trick. The "short form" is where some element of the larger goal is attempted. Usually it is the introduction to another world, and some people are satisfied with merely being transported (because most people don't wanted to be changed anyway).

Todd Haynes is something of a master at this. It is all he does, even in his full-length movies, which is a bit disappointing, but the upcoming Dylan project looks like he is trying to play with the big boys.

This is his best so far, in part because it is so carefully constructed. Entry into other worlds usually depends on folding abstractions. The fold in this case is Steve's reality folded into a TeeVee show (which also contains his dreams) which is folded into the reality behind the show. All these collapse into a multidimensional spanking fantasy that gets put away to haunt him as an adult.

The characters and such are well done, but it is the folding that makes this thing work.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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