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 Site
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NR
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Drama , Special Interest
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Cast

Val Lauren
as Val/Steve
Christian Patrick
as Master Avery
Brad Roberge
as Bradley
Colin Chavez
as Drag Queen
Nick Buda
as Nick
Jonathan Howard
as Jonathan
Caleb James
as Caleb
Michael Lannan
as Michael
Chervine Namani
as Chervine
Adrian Pena
as Adrian
Ben Phen
as Ben
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Critic Reviews for Interior. Leather Bar.

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (11)

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

Full Review… | March 5, 2014
New York Post
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The vagueness feels like a term paper you have to grade.

Full Review… | March 4, 2014
Time Out
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Simultaneously an act of creation and deconstruction.

March 4, 2014
New York Times
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"Interior. Leather Bar" is ultimately more an idea for movie than a movie, the rap sessions ramble, and it feels half-baked by the time it gets to its climactic twist, which isn't as clever as it thinks.

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

½

A very curious attempt by James Franco to create an omitted scene from the film "Cruising". It is short, confusing and without much sense as to why the scene really needed to be shot.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Utterly pointless, pretentious and stupid.

jay nixon
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.

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