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Variety (1983)

Not Rated | | Drama | 8 March 1985 (USA)
A woman becomes obsessed with pornography and the mysterious rich patron of the Times Square porn theater called Variety where she works selling tickets. This awakens her sexuality, which confuses her worried boyfriend.

Director:

Bette Gordon

Writers:

Kathy Acker (script), Bette Gordon (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandy McLeod Sandy McLeod ... Christine
Will Patton ... Mark
Richard M. Davidson Richard M. Davidson ... Louie (as Richard Davidson)
Luis Guzmán ... Jose
Nan Goldin Nan Goldin ... Nan
Lee Tucker Lee Tucker ... Projectionist
Peter Rizzo Peter Rizzo ... Driver
Mark Boone Junior ... Business Manager / Porn Customer
Suzanne Fletcher Suzanne Fletcher ... Woman in Bar
Peyton Green Peyton Green ... Woman in Bar
Cookie Mueller ... Woman in Bar
Norma Angelica Rodriguez Norma Angelica Rodriguez ... Woman in Bar (as Norma Rodriguez)
Sally Rodwell Sally Rodwell ... Woman in Bar
Nancy Reilly Nancy Reilly ... (voice)
Scotty Snyder Scotty Snyder ... (voice)
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Storyline

Christine (Sandy McLeod) 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, she develops an obsession that begins to consume her life. Few films deal honestly with a female sexual pointof-view, controversial and highly personal, VARIETY does just this. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | West Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La celda de cristal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The theater in the film was not located in Times Square. The real theater, Variety Photoplays, was located on Third Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets in the East Village. It can be seen in Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" in the scene where Jodie Foster jumps into Robert DeNiro's cab to get away from her pimp. The marquee can clearly be seen out the back windshield. See more »

Goofs

The footage of a Yankees game [0:51] shows Yankees pitcher "49" pitching to Yankees batter "36" while another Yankee steals second base. Behind the plate is catcher "15" from an opposing team (possible the Baltimore Orioles), although the scoreboard shot during the National Anthem depicted a game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. See more »

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References Oui, Girls (1982) See more »

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a snapshot of a different nyc
29 August 2009 | by liebezeit06See all my reviews

i had seen this film when first released in early 85. though the pacing is slow and deliberate i find myself hypnotically fastened to the visuals aided by a good john lurie score.

this is one of the few films i've seen where the long lingering visuals (fulton fish market scene,etc),in its unflattering documentation of a bygone nyc era, actually adds the sense of smell to picture. i could actually taste/smell times square while watching.

there has been enough written about the plot/theme in others comments. though i find it an ambiguous film in that the character of christine's awakening of alternative sexual desires seems to leave her more frustrated than fulfilled.

the pacing reminds me in a good way of wim wenders early b&w dramas.

could someone please inform me though if that British accented woman at the bar is an uncredited gina birch of The Raincoats??

i grew up during that period in manhattan, especially around the sleaze of times square. so i may be simply nostalgic in an odd sense when i watch the film.


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