|GO GO TALES (director/writer: Abel Ferrara; screenwriter: Scott Pardo; cinematographer: Fabio Cianchetti; editor: Fabio Nunziata; music: Francis Kuipers; cast: Anita Pallenberg (Sin); Runtime: 100; MPAA Rating: NR producer: Massimo Gatti; (PAL format) Media Film); 2007-Italy/USA-in English)(Ray Ruby), (The Baron), (Johnie Ruby), (Monroe), (Jay), Lou Doillon (French), Riccardo Scamarcio (Doctor Steven), Franky Cee (Luigi), Burt Young (Murray), Sylvia Miles (Lilian Murray),|
|"For action there's exotic
dancers to ogle."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
indie filmmaker Abel Ferrara ("Bad
directs and writes this messy but diverting Italian
studio-bound pic (shot in the Cinecittà
Studios in Rome). It's about a Manhattan
strip-club called Ray Ruby's Paradise
Lounge, and the colorful characters who try to
survive in that struggling dive. Ferrara thinks of it
as a screwball comedy.
chronicles 24 hours in the life of the seedy club,
that's owned by the eccentric and smarmy Ray Ruby (
For action there's exotic dancers to ogle; backstage chatter; an acerbic and campy Sylvia Miles as the irate crone club landlord, who wants another tenant like the Bed Bath & Beyond; shouting matches between bouncers and patrons; and the strippers demanding to get paid. Eastern European stripper Monroe (Asia Argento) delivers the most twisted bit. as during her act she tongue-kisses a Rottweiler. Meanwhile Ferrara makes things personal by offering social commentary on the American Dream, assuring us its harder for the poor and the alien to attain their goals because the odds are too stacked against them.
are the kind of viewer that can handle the seedy
strip-club scene, I think the pic would be easier to
navigate than for someone who wouldn't be caught dead
in such a place and could care less what happens
there. In any case, it's never dull and tries
to follow along the lines of John Cassavetes'
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie.
REVIEWED ON 11/7/2014 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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