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Cynthia Fuchs <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 14 Nov 1994 22:07:46 CST
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with spoilers........
to respond to dianne's question, indirectly, i think: the casting of cruise
became a focus for lots of resentment abt "hollywoodization," selling out
(see anne rice's retraction in the times/variety, where she reclaims her fan
base as the movie's [and the sequel's] primary audience by telling us how
much she loves the movie), and cruise-as-straight-boy (so what is going on
in top gun, anyway?). whatever. i'm frankly less interested in all this
hyperbolic posturing abt values and moral positions in relation to the evils
of "hollywood" than abt what the movie ends up doing. and that's pretty
it does an r-rated version of deviance, for sure. but the possibilities for
various deviances (pedophilia, for one) are pretty close to the surface. the
erotics between pitt and cruise are pretty much confined to violence and
blood sucking (the violence as homoerotic displacement is widely available
in most boy-movies, from platoon to pulp fiction, the blood sucking is a
little more direct, considering the heavy breathing and eventual post-
coital looks on cruise/pitts' faces). unfortunately, pitt is resolutely
uninteresting in this movie, in part because cruise has all the joke-lines,
and in part because cruise plays lestat with as much camp as he can muster.
of course, louis is a duller, more angst-ridden character (i believe lestat
calls him a killjoy, and he is).
and banderas can't even get a rise out of pitt.
the more interesting possibilities emerge and are repressed in claudia, played
here by kirsten dunst. claudia sems to have more of an inkling of the sex
at stake in vampirism than louis does. how her not-so-subtle innuendo got by
the censors is a question worth asking, but unanswerable too (except that
little blond girls seem less threatening, even when they have sexuality/sex,
than "virile" men of all races....see here doug mchenry's battle with the
MPAA over alan payne's naked butt in *jason's lyric* or the flap over
*the color of night*'s images of bruce willis' penis, excised of course).