Amanda Kramer’s (Ladyworld) new film takes place in 1950s Manhattan — maybe not our version of that time and place, but a neon world of music and dance — where Arthur (Harry Melling) and Suze (Andrea Riseborough) — he’s a clarinetist, she’s a housewife — witness a murder committed by a gang of rough trade greasers in leather known as the Young Gents. That act of violence sparks previously unknown emotions and feelings of sexuality in both of them.
“Everyone wants to be Stanley Kowalski,” Suze says at one point. This movie lives up to that promise, creating a world where the gang movies of the 1950s are real-life, complete with more fashion and queer content than any movie of that era would dare (well, sometimes in subtext).
A film festival referred to this movie as “A Streetcar Named Desire by way of John Waters.”
That’s a high mark to rise to but this movie goes for it.
Kenneth Anger might be pleased to see that his influence continues, while certainly jealous of the budget. And oh wow — Demi Moore in a pantsuit, animal print coat and silver high heels, living in a blue fantasy world apartment as a kept woman?
Watch this and prepare to swoon.
You can get the Music Box Selects blu ray of Please Baby Please from Vinegar Syndrome. It has new commentary by director Amanda Kramer and actors Alisa Torres and Matt D’Elia; a cast and crew Q&A from the LA premiere, deleted scenes, outtakes, short films by Amanda Kramer, a new video essay by Chris O’Neill, an Alamo Drafthouse No Talking PSA, the moodboards, the isolated score and sound design, a trailer and character teasers.