Amateur (1994)

Abstract Porn

Hartley is one of the most interesting directors working. Many associate him with French auteurs, but I think his experiments are more intellectual, more New York. His films are not only about other films, but exist in a world abstracted from them where almost everyone else insists on wallowing in the same space they reference.

This is still an early work, which I had the opportunity to see with its purported referent: “Band of Outsiders.”

Writing as a fulcrum; performance as porn; film humour as a self-aware deadpan. Sex as an abstract creation. Pain as an act.

Huppert as walking hair, early Posey on her way to Jackie K.

Posted in 2004

Ted’s Evaluation — 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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