Special Gaspar Noé
The Work and Inspiration of Gaspar Noé

Cinéma Viscéral: Cruising (1980)

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The often overlooked William Friedkin directed serial killer flick Cruising starring Al Pacino is a late 70’s gem about a real-life string of murders targeting the S&M / Bondage gay community in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The film was controversial during the shoot as the community was suspicious of how the film would depict the secretive activities in the leather bars. Places like ‘The Mine Shaft’ initially opened their doors for the production but later thought better of it. In our book, Cruising is also the provider of the most macabre piece of movie trivia that we know, as Friedkin seemed to have cast a lab technician in The Exorcist (where Regan gets X-Rays) that was later convicted of one of the murders depicted in this film. Truly bone chilling. English Language without subtitles.


William Friedkin
Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen, Richard Cox
drama, thriller, misdaad
106 minuten


A psychopath is scouring New York City gay clubs and viciously slaying homosexuals. Detective Steve Burns (Al Pacino) is ordered to don leather attire, hang at the city’s S&M joints and keep an eye out for the killer. But as Steve becomes immersed in club hopping, he begins to identify with the subculture more than he expected. Meanwhile, Steve behaves distantly around his girlfriend, Nancy (Karen Allen), the police force’s homophobia becomes apparent and the killer remains at large.

To celebrate Noé’s latest film Vortex and his unique and darkly twisted oeuvre, KINO presents a selection of his own work and the films that inspired him. A divergent collage of cinematic outings that influenced his work: from the masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey (on 70mm!) and the anti-fascist shock cinema of Pasolini’s Salò to the ‘giallo’ chillers of Dario Argento. Join us in taking a deep dive into the visceral cinematic world that shaped the work of this singular director. Strap in, it’s going to be one hell of a ride. Trailer: Baris Azman

© Trailer: Baris Azman

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