Interior. Leather Bar.December 30, 2013
Filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews re-imagine the lost 40 minutes from “Cruising” as a starting point to a broader exploration of sexual and creative freedom.
Release Year: 2013
Rating: 6.3/10 (338 voted)
Director: James Franco
In order to avoid an X rating, 40 minutes of gay S&M footage was rumored to be cut and destroyed from the 1980 film, “Cruising.” Inspired by the mythology of this controversial film, filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews collaborate to imagine their own lost footage. Amid the backdrop of a frenzied film set actor Val Lauren reluctantly agrees to take the lead in the film. Val is repeatedly forced to negotiate his boundaries during scenes on and “off camera,” as unsimulated gay sex happens around him. The film itself is constructed as a play with boundaries remaining queer in subject and form. As much a film about filmmaking as it is about an exploration of sexual and creative freedom, “Interior. Leather Bar.” defies easy categorization.
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
This film promotes itself suggesting it re-imagines the 40 minutes
excised from the movie "Crusing". It is actually a contrived and boring
"behind the scenes" making of 10 re-imagined minutes from the original
movie and, as shown, I highly doubt they are what Friedkin would have
The re-shot "Crusing" minutes are provocative and very sexually
explicit, but they don't make up for the other 50 minutes where we
watch the straight actor in the Al Pachino role trying to come to terms
with taking on a gay-themed role.
I thought the 60 minutes of this movie would never end.