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1983 / 100min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: BETTE GORDON

CAST: SANDY MCLEOD, WILL PATTON, LUIS GUZMáN, NAN GOLDIN, MARK BOONE JUNIOR

SCRIPT - KATHY ACKER
ORIGINAL STORY - BETTE GORDON
SCREENPLAY - JERRY DELAMATER AND PETER KOPER

Q&A with director Bette Gordon and critic Amy Taubin

A young woman lands a job as a cashier in an X-rated (or porno) cinema in Times Square, and soon she finds herself drawn to what’s happening on the screen. Writes director Bette Gordon, “Hitchcock has used the cool blonde before, always as the object of the male gaze and fantasy. But in this case the traditional male role is reversed; Christine becomes obsessed with watching and following a male client. She is the sleuth in a thriller whose terrain is the language of desire.” One of the great independent films of the 1980s, featuring a who-who’s of the New York vanguard: Nan Goldin and Luis Guzmán, written by Kathy Acker, photography by Tom DiCillo with music by John Lurie.