Variety

United States, 1983

Film
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A young woman, an aspiring writer, gets a job selling tickets in a New York porno cinema. She becomes intrigued by the milieu and begins to follow one particular customer who travels around in a chauffer-driven limousine. Her initial fascination grows into obsession; in her imagination fantasy and reality become increasingly difficult to separate. While the filmmaker provides access to the film through the pleasures of narrative conventions she ultimately seeks to disrupt and reverse the roles and conventions of the thriller form in order to directly confront representations of sexuality and male/female desire, more specifically a woman’s developing fascination with her own sexuality. Christine’s fantasised position oscillates between the one who looks, the one who is looked at and the one who observes the voyeur.

Credits

production company

Variety Motion Pictures

Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen

Channel Four

Duration

01:37:00:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1983

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

300936

Language

English

Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Pornography

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers → Thrillers

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Desire

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Voyeurism

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - United States

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Voyeurism

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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