Trash

Overview

This Andy Warhol production finds Joe Dallesandro as Joe, a lice-ridden impotent junkie who lives with Holly Holly Woodlawn in a Lower East Side slum in New York. Holly is a transvestite who spends time collecting trash, going to the Fillmore East, and cruising for sex. Joe is only interested in his next fix, and graphic displays of needles piercing flesh and degrading human situations deglamorize drug use better than any board of education film or public service messages. Jane Jane Forth is the acid casualty ...
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Overview

This Andy Warhol production finds Joe Dallesandro as Joe, a lice-ridden impotent junkie who lives with Holly Holly Woodlawn in a Lower East Side slum in New York. Holly is a transvestite who spends time collecting trash, going to the Fillmore East, and cruising for sex. Joe is only interested in his next fix, and graphic displays of needles piercing flesh and degrading human situations deglamorize drug use better than any board of education film or public service messages. Jane Jane Forth is the acid casualty housewife who listens to Pink Floyd. Male and female nudity and masturbation are featured. The color process is not credited, but technical aspects are better overall than most previous Warhol productions. Woodlawn was the inspiration for the Lou Reed song "Take a Walk on the Wild Side."
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Trash, which follows Flesh in the Paul Morrissey-Andy Warhol-Joe Dallesandro trilogy, is every bit as off-putting as its predecessor. Again, those who have an aversion to extensive nudity and frank sex should leave the premises before the first frame, and should be joined by those who cannot stomach graphic depictions of drug use. Trash, however, is a step up from Flesh in terms of its technical side; while still far from "professional," its camerawork and sound are more controlled and purposeful. It also gives the impression of featuring a more coherent plot, but in truth it is still a series of vignettes loosely tied to a motivating factor. However, there is considerably more action in Trash. There is also a magnificent chemistry between Dallesandro and Holly Woodlawn, who gives a love-it-or-hate-it performance that is full of bizarre life. Dallesandro is once again a low-key performer, at times irritating, but the guilelessness of his performance is perfect in the context of the film. The general level of acting is also appreciably higher than in Flesh, with memorable turns from Michael Sklar and Andrea Feldman. Many will be turned off by the film, but those cultists who embrace it do so honestly -- there's a raw fascination to the film, a method to Morrissey's madness. He's not interested in creating a "good" film; he's interested in creating a personal film that bears an indelible stamp, and in that he succeeds brilliantly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/1998
  • UPC: 014381472431
  • Original Release: 1970
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joe Dallesandro Joe
Holly Woodlawn Holly
Jane Forth Jane
Michael Sklar Welfare Investigator
Geri Miller Go-Go Dancer
Andrea Feldman Rich Girl
Bruce Pecheur Jane's Husband
Diane Podlewski Holly's Sister
Johnny Putnam Boy From Yonkers
Technical Credits
Paul Morrissey Director, Cinematographer, Screenwriter, Editor, Original Story
Jed Johnson Editor, Sound/Sound Designer
Andy Warhol Producer
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