Whore

Given the infinite possibilities afforded by the subject matter, Whore features little of the kinkiness and bravura stylistics one normally expects from director Ken Russell, and no compensating psychological or documentary insight into the lead character or her lifestyle.

With:
Theresa Russell Benjamin Mouton Antonio Fargas Sanjay Elizabeth Moorehead Michael Crabtree

Given the infinite possibilities afforded by the subject matter, Whore features little of the kinkiness and bravura stylistics one normally expects from director Ken Russell, and no compensating psychological or documentary insight into the lead character or her lifestyle.

Project is based on a British play by David Hines, a London cabbie who nightly picked up prostitutes in Kings Cross and began writing down their stories they told him about their work. Due to financing requirements, the setting is shifted to Los Angeles, where the consummately vulgar Liz (Theresa Russell) plies her trade on thinly populated downtown streets.

Flashbacks make up a substantial portion of the brief running time, as Liz covers her initial tricks, hook-up with her pimp and sometime boyfriend, Blake (Benjamin Mouton), and failed marriage and hopeless stint as a mother.

Overriding problem is a pervasive feeling of utter inauthenticity. Russell’s strident, stops-out performance sets the tone for the entire picture. She’s all over the place, occasionally hitting a responsive note but more often flailing about. Director puts in an unbilled cameo appearance as a waiter in a snooty restaurant.

Whore

Production: Trimark. Director Ken Russell; Producer Dan Ireland, Ronaldo Vasconcellos; Screenplay Ken Russell, Deborah Dalton; Camera Amir Mokri; Editor Brian Tagg; Music Michael Gibbs; Art Director Richard Lewis

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1991. Running time: 84 MIN.

With: Theresa Russell Benjamin Mouton Antonio Fargas Sanjay Elizabeth Moorehead Michael Crabtree

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