Heat (1972)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1972.  .  Idea by , Story by Paul Morrissey.  Cinematography by Paul Morrissey.  Produced by .  Music by .  Film Editing by ,.  

Paul Morrissey continues his exploration of the seamier side of things with this near-remake of Sunset Boulevard.   plays a former child actor turned, what else, sexy young man who catches the eye of a has-been movie star (Sylvia Miles) while sunning himself at his motel residence swimming pool. Miles has problems with her drug-addicted lesbian daughter, but in between finds time to woo Dallesandro into her bed and use him as a tool to get through her depression at having been forgotten by Hollywood. He, in turn, sees her as an opportunity to move forward in his career until he realizes that she’s not worth much in that way. It’s just as tacky as all the Morrissey-Andy Warhol productions were, but it’s better edited than Flesh and Trash and the characters are a lot more entertaining.

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