Bette Gordon – Variety (1983)

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Christine (Sandy McLeod), a bright and unassuming young woman, takes a job selling tickets at a porno theater near Times Square. Instead of distancing herself from the dark and erotic nature of this milieu, Christine soon develops an obsession that begins to consume her life. The character’s reaction unexpectedly flips normal gender roles; director Gordon daringly twists feminist ideology by showing a woman who finds self-expression through an interest in pornography. Variety becomes even more provocative when it dramatizes the changes that occur in Christine’s relationships with both Mark (Will Patton), her boyfriend, and Louie, a dangerous-looking patron of the theater.

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Few films deal honestly with a female’s sexual point-of-view, and particularly with the way in which she develops her own fantasy world. Controversial and highly personal, Variety does just that, and in so doing announces itself as the major film of a director who embodies the essence of independent cinema.

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“A feminist Vertigo.” -LA Weekly

“A daring departure into the dark, irrational and obsessional world of personal female fantasy” – Linda Gross, The Los Angeles Times

“Sandy McLeod’s deliriously obsessive performance as Christine is the perfect blend of blond beauty and intelligent watchfulness” – Newsday

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