Critics Award of the Day (CAD): Dave Kehr on Cruising

cruisn.jpgA certain friend of ours tried to make us go see this, but lo and behold, that shit was sold out, contrary to Dave Kehr’s suggestions that no one gave a hoot about the re-release of “Cruising,” William Friedkin’s 1980 suspense flick that made the already precarious gay universe just that much more psychologically fucked.

But this part of his Times review gave us insight into the film that “The Celluloid Closet” failed to communicate:

[Friedkin’s] enduring theme is the reality of evil and its uncomfortable proximity to sex, a theme the world embraced when he adapted William Peter Blatty’s theological best seller, “The Exorcist,” in 1973. But applying a similar gothic approach to “Cruising” — a film noir that turns into a horror movie — got Mr. Friedkin in trouble, and not only the political kind.

For realz.


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