As reported here three weeks ago, actor James Franco and Travis Mathews, director of gay erotic drama "I Want Your Love", had teamed up to deliver a new art project. Now we know that this is about the 40 minutes of footage originally cut from William Friedkin's version to secure its R rating. When Friedkin went back to restore it for the 30th anniversary DVD release, he learnt that the footage had been destroyed. That was where Mathews and Franco started. So James Franco’s Cruising is about the making of the 40 minutes of film that was eventually lost.
In the original movie,New York City detective Steve Burns (Al Pacino) receives orders from Captain Edelson (Paul Sorvino) to solve a series of brutal murders in the gay community. Steve scours the gay bars that caters to same-sex sadomasochism in a desperate attempt to solve the crime. As he penetrates this different world, he begings to loose his grasp on his own reality. An innocent victim is tortured by the cops in an effort to exact a confession. The story is based on actual murders that took place between 1962 and 1979.
At the time, the movie was criticised for its depiction of the casual S&M sex as typical of the Gay Community, sparking protests by gay rights activists. The protests are documented in Jim Hubbard's short film, "Stop the Movie (Cruising). The movie title is, of course, a play on words as "cruising" can describe police officers on patrol as well as the habit of cruising for sex.
For now, here comes the just released movie trailer, retitled "Interior. Leather Bar." Adult only viewing, please.
Lustralboy observes that, nowadays, the Meatpacking District in New York where the movie set is a fashion destination!
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