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I first saw this tragic comedy when it was released in Stockholm in 1970, and it is against the background of this period that it should be considered: free love and the birth pill; the hippie flower-power philosophy; the Vietnam war; the drug culture. Twenty-nine years ago this movie had a strange effect on me, I left the cinema with a profound feeling of joy
According to what I have read, the movie is unscripted and the acting improvised, this comes across very clearly. The sound quality is sometimes poor. We are shown a series of 'tableaux', in which some very perturbed, gruesome characters play out their daily life centred on drugs, sex and misery.
Joe, an impotent heroine addict, is constantly looking for his next hit and constantly coming across women who want to make love with him. Joe and his 'wife', sweet Holly Woodlawn, a frightful transvestite (and powerful actress), live in a run-down apartment furnished with what Holly finds in the garbage.
These two characters and the fauna who surround them get into the most absurd and unlikely situations. The movie is sprinkled throughout with humour and grim reality, a dichotomy which works disturbs and delights. One finds oneself passing from disgust to a belly laugh in a matter of seconds and this is where the strength of the movie lies.
To be brief, here is a little gem which is well worth seeing, an absurd drug-sex comedy with much artistic talent. For adults only.
The simple truth is that Morrissey, who typically wrote, edited, and directed these films, is extremely bad at all three. There's not much in the way of plot or script, and it seems Morrissey worked by creating a written outline of the scene and then letting his actors riff on it in bad improvisation for the actual filming. As for acting, you can pretty much forget about it, for none of the performers are actors in any real sense: they are who they are, which to say they are entirely without talent but they are vaguely interesting because they themselves are so extreme. That really is what Joe Dallesandro and Holly Woodlawn and the rest were like.
Like most Warhol-Morrissey-Dallesandro outings the plot is so slight that it is virtually non-existent. Dallesandro is a heroin junkie who has shot up so many times he has become impotent--and this proves to be a tremendous source of frustration to virtually everyone who comes his way, including Holly Woodlawn, a trash-picker/hoarder with whom he lives; Geri Miller, a go-go dancer; rich girl Andrea Feldman; the upscale couple Bruce Pecheur and Jane Forth; and pregnant Diane Podel.Read more ›
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One reviewer really said it all about this movie, that the best thing one can get from watching it is hoping Joe D'Alessandro gets naked and he mostly always does. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Valeria
I had been interested for some time in seeing one of Paul Morrisseys earlier films after seeing and enjoying both Flesh For Frankenstein and Blood For Dracula. Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by Natja K.
The title says it all. Waste of time viewing and cost.
Don't make the same mistake I did. Low budget for
telling a drug story.
Too fragmented, no flow, for me gave an insight to Joe's acting abilities and as well as the writer(s) and director.Published on February 18, 2013 by Louis A.Veal Jr.
Mumbled dialog and a simplistic plot cannot get in the way of Warhol's attempt to display the trashy lives of trashy people, and Joe Dallesandro is tops in every way. Read morePublished on April 24, 2012 by Tony Adams
Dallesandro was one of the first actors to show himself naked. TRASH was one of a trilogy of films. I believe the last movie he was in, at least that I saw, was THE COTTON CLUB. Read morePublished on April 19, 2012 by William Dakota
HIPPIE: usually a young person who rejects conventional Society,..Meet Joe (Dallesandro) a Junkie with nothing to do but to parade nude most of the entire Film, and who gets high... Read morePublished on June 5, 2011 by Wolfee1
Despite the gracious full frontal male nudity which is shocking now days, this film is boring! Even though D'Allesandro (the random hung naked guy of many Morissey / Warhol films)... Read morePublished on July 6, 2004 by W. Dickinson