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Review: 'Interior. Leather Bar.' an unsettling provocation
Review: 'Interior. Leather Bar.' an unsettling provocation

Built upon a movie-history footnote, "Interior. Leather Bar." is an hourlong provocation from directors James Franco and Travis Mathews — a cheerfully unsettling exploration of mainstream representations of male homosexuality. Their jumping-off point is William Friedkin's controversial 1980 murder mystery, "Cruising," in which Al Pacino's undercover cop entered a lurid pre-AIDS club scene in Manhattan's pre-gentrification Meatpacking District. Friedkin, who filmed actual club patrons' "activities in their entirety," has said he cut 40 minutes to avoid an X rating and subsequently lost that footage. Franco and Mathews'...

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