Variety

Directed by Bette Gordon

Release Year: 1983
Running Time: 100
Color Type: Color
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Genres: Cult, Drama, Noir
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Screening Info
Cast
Sandy McLeod
Will Patton
Richard M. Davidson
Luis Guzman
Nan Goldin
Mark Boone Jr.

Crew
Directed by Bette Gordon
Cinematographers Tom DiCillo and John Foster
Writers Kathy Acker, Bette Gordon, Jerry Delamater and Peter Koper
Composed by Pat Irwin and John Lurie

NEW 2K RESTORATION FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE OVERSEEN BY DIRECTOR BETTE GORDON. Bette Gordon's Variety is a landmark independent film that challenges common notions about feminism and pornography, which Kino Classics is proudly presenting in a director-approved 2K restoration from the original camera negative. It follows Christine (Sandy McLeod, Something Wild), a bright and unassuming young woman, after she takes a job selling tickets at a porno theater near Times Square. Christine soon develops an obsession that begins to consume her life, finding self-expression through an interest in porn. Variety dramatizes the changes that occur in her relationships with both Mark (Will Patton, Armageddon), her boyfriend, and Louie (Richard Davidon, Law & Order), a dangerous-looking patron of the theater. Emerging out of the underground NYC arts scene that produced the late '80s boom in American independent cinema, Variety contains the contributions of an impressive array of talent, including cinematographer Tom DiCillo (Living in Oblivion), actor Luis Guzman (Boogie Nights), a script by the late cult novelist Kathy Acker, and a score by actor and musician John Lurie (Stranger Than Paradise, Down By Law).

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.

VARIETY
Directed by Bette Gordon
Original Story by Bette Gordon
Produced by Renee Shafransky
Screenplay by Kathy Acker
Cinematography by Tom DiCillo and John Foster
Original Music by John Lurie
With Sandy McLeod, Will Patton, Richard Davidson, Nan Goldin
©1983 Variety Motion Pictures Production

Critical Acclaim

"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

Awards

  • Official Selection Miami International Film Festival

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