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Mala Noche
(DVD)


With its low budget and lush black-and-white imagery, Gus Van Sant's debut feature Mala Noche heralded an idiosyncratic, provocative new voice in American independent film. Shot on a shoestring in 1985, this gently paced debut from Gus Van Sant (DRUGSTORE COWBOY) follows liquor-store cashier, Walt (Tim Streeter), in his one-sided affection for Johnny, a Mexican day laborer. MALA NOCHE (Spanish for "bad night") arranges itself into a series of poetic, and often heartbreaking, vignettes around Portland's skid row, as Walt pursues his reluctant obsession. The film evokes a world of transient workers, dead-end day-shifters, and bars and seedy apartments bathed in a profound nighttime, as it follows a romantic deadbeat with a wayward crush on a handsome Mexican immigrant.

 

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GENRES - experimental

Film Info

RUNTIME - 78 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 1985

COUNTRY - United States

LANGUAGE - English

SPECIAL FEATURES (DVD Only) -

Essays

Other Love

by Dennis Lim

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Actor

Walt Curtis

Actor

Tim Streeter

Photography

John Campbell

Sound

Pat Baum

Screenplay

Gus Van Sant

Original Music

Creighton Lindsay

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