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Interior. Leather Bar. (2014)



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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.(c) Official Sitemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Travis Mathews
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Strand Releasing - Official Site


Val Lauren
as Val/Steve
Christian Patrick
as Master Avery
Brad Roberge
as Bradley
Colin Chavez
as Drag Queen
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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (10)

"Interior. Leather Bar." is a Rubik's Cube of a movie, an intriguing, layered puzzle that isn't easily solved.

Full Review… | April 10, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

We see brief, graphic shots of naked actors performing sexual acts. But it's the conversations about what those depictions represent that truly provoke.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

It largely consists of Franco musing about depictions of homosexual activity on film.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
New York Post
Top Critic

The vagueness feels like a term paper you have to grade.

Full Review… | March 4, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

Simultaneously an act of creation and deconstruction.

Full Review… | March 4, 2014
New York Times
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Uses the notorious Friedkin movie as a starting point for a discussion about identity, perception, an actor's mask and the fear and power of on-screen sexuality.

Full Review… | January 2, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Interior. Leather Bar.

Utterly pointless, pretentious and stupid.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

The film started off with the promise of being the reimaging of the lost scenes of the Al Pacino movie, "Cruising". Then it some how turned into a hot mess of a lot of nothing. I was as confused as Val most of the time. I understand what Franco was saying when he spoke about believing that we are brought up in a box and nurtured to believe that only a certain way of loving, living, and expressing yourself sexually is to be between a woman and a man. I liked that he pushed for a more out of the box kind of documentary, but it all just got so messed up along the way. And the Dom guy was super creepy, IMO. It's not something I would watch again. But not because of the content, but because of the confused mess it is.


Super Reviewer


Not at all what I expected. The film is not so much about the seedy material that might have been cut from the original Cruising film -- it's more about contemporary reactions to the material and challenging modern society's value judgments about sexuality. Thought provoking. I recommend this film for an audience with adult attitudes and open minds.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

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