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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 (1980) as a starting point to a broader exploration of sexual and creative freedom.

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Travis Mathews

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Val Lauren ... Val / Steve
Christian Patrick Christian Patrick ... Master Avery
Brenden Gregory Brenden Gregory ... Brenden
Brad Roberge Brad Roberge ... Bradley (as Bradley Roberge)
Robbie Acklen Robbie Acklen ... Robbie
Osbaldo Daniel Alvarez Osbaldo Daniel Alvarez ... Osbaldo
Andres Barcelo Andres Barcelo ... Andres
Samantha Barrows Samantha Barrows ... Samantha
Nick Buda Nick Buda ... Nick
Seana Carroll Seana Carroll ... Seana
Collin Chavez Collin Chavez ... Drag Queen
Jol Devitro Jol Devitro ... Jol
Julie Diaz Julie Diaz ... Julie
James Franco ... James
Brianna Getrost Brianna Getrost ... Brianna
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Storyline

In order to avoid an X rating, 40 minutes of gay S&M footage was rumored to be cut and destroyed from Cruising (1980). 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 2013 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

James Franco's Cruising See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,218, 3 January 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,862, 13 April 2014
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1.78 : 1
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Quotes

Val: Are you comfortable with physical contact with other dudes?
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References Scarecrow (1973) See more »

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Ciccone
Performed by Microfilm
Written by Matt Keppel and Matthew Mercer
Produced by Matthew Mercer
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Unnecessary film, too much talking "about" film making and gay cruising (emphasis on "about")
20 January 2014 | by JvH48See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Berlinale film festival 2013, where I felt myself severely misled by the synopsis on the festival website. I saw a lot of meta-talk about cruising, about straight actors playing a gay role, about an actor being advised against getting involved in the project for the sake of his future career, and so on, with emphasis on "meta" and "about". And the bit of sex that was shown, was in a dancing atmosphere and not the traditional dark room. Maybe offensive for straight people but not very explicit, yet the festival website devoted a lot of attention to the revival of scenes deleted for fear for censors. Finally, I completely missed the insight in the film making process that was promised too. In short, an unnecessary film, not even a bit informative about this different universe we know nothing about.


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