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Bette Gordon: ‘Variety’ at the Barbican Cinema

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Time 20:45
Date 02/10/17
Price £9.5
  • Produced by Barbican
  • Price £9.50
  • Get ready to get caught up in a subculture of desire
  • Bring along fans of 80s classics
  • See you at Barbican

Emerging from the creative community on New York's Lower East Side at the beginning of the 1980s this is a fearless exploration of female erotic fantasy.

Telling the story of a Midwest girl who takes a job at the ticket booth of the Variety porn cinema off Times Square. Working at the cinema, Christine (Sandy McLeod) becomes caught up in a subculture of desire – increasingly obsessed by pornography, and drawn into the life of a shady male patron of the cinema.

Directed by Bette Gordon, with contributions from other downtown scenesters such as John Lurie, Tom di Cillo, Nan Goldin, Spalding Gray, Luis Guzman and Cookie Mueller, Variety also functions as remarkable time capsule of New York City, showing such bygone landmarks as the Variety Theatre, Fulton Fish Market and Yankee Stadium, as well as a pre-cleaned-up Times Square.

US 1984 Dir Bette Gordon 97 min 35mm presentation

 

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COMPETITION: Win 1x pair of tickets to attend The Grime and the Glamour: Variety at Barbican at 20.45 on Monday 2 October. To enter the competition, send an email to lizzy@run-riot.com with the correct answer in the ‘subject’ line. The winner will be randomly selected.

Q: Variety was released in ... ?
A: .1) 1990 .2) 1984 .3) 1976 .4) 2004