The urban and psychological landscape merge in Bette Gordon’s influential indie noir, which takes us into the lost spaces of pregentrified ’80s New York. This edgy postfeminist meditation on voyeurism follows a young woman working as a ticket taker in the titular Times Square porn theater (visited by Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver) who becomes increasingly drawn to a male patron. A veritable who’s who of downtown artists collaborated on the film, including composer John Lurie, cinematographer Tom De Cillo, writer Kathy Acker, Nan Goldin, and Spalding Gray.
Directed by Bette Gordon, 1983, 35mm
Runtime: 100 minutes
Part of the urban film series Cinematic Sites, selected by Paul Dallas and presented in conjunction with Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab.