Interior. Leather Bar. (2013)
Average Rating: 4.3/10
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Release Date: Jan 2, 2014 Limited
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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
Jan 2, 2014 Limited
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Truth be told, Interior. Leather Bar has a lot more talking in its 60 minutes than it does man-on-man action...
The latest volley in the performance art project that is known as James Franco ... a sustained attempt at keeping viewers uncertain as to whether they are watching a scripted story or an improvisation.
At only 60 minutes long - and many of those minutes filled with Val Lauren looking off into the mass of naked bodies or simply into the distance - I'm not sure why they didn't just go the whole way and do what the film posits them as having set out to do.
Interior. Leather Bar proves to be little more than a tease...At first glance, the film offers the exciting prospect of discovering new boundaries; by the end, you begin to wonder if all that went before was worth the time and effort.
INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR. feels like it never has the guts to do what it set out to do.
A fascinating rumination on the current state of GLBT acceptance in society via a graphic re-creation of missing footage from 1980's controversial "Cruising."
While it never fully makes an attempt to reveal the truth behind the lost 40 minutes from Cruising (which allegedly featured overly explicit scenes, cut to secure the right rating for release) it smartly dwells on Hollywood homophobia and clichés.
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