Working Girls

Overview

Lizzie Borden's witty and provocative drama about one day on the job for a prostitute working in an upscale Manhattan brothel gets a well-executed presentation in this DVD release from First Run Features. Working Girls has been given a widescreen transfer to disc, letterboxed at 1.66:1 on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic play on 16x9 monitors. Judy Irola's cinematography is well served on this disc; the image retains a slight grain that betrays its origins on Super 16mm film stock, but the ...
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Overview

Lizzie Borden's witty and provocative drama about one day on the job for a prostitute working in an upscale Manhattan brothel gets a well-executed presentation in this DVD release from First Run Features. Working Girls has been given a widescreen transfer to disc, letterboxed at 1.66:1 on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic play on 16x9 monitors. Judy Irola's cinematography is well served on this disc; the image retains a slight grain that betrays its origins on Super 16mm film stock, but the colors are true and the details are crisp and well rendered. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, and sounds good even if it very occasionally reveals the limitations of the film's low budget (under $100,000). The dialogue is in English, with no subtitles or multiple language options included. As a bonus, this disc includes a commentary track featuring writer and director Borden, cinematographer Irola and actress Amanda Goodwin, who offer a thoughtful discussion of the film's production and the realities of life in the sex industry. This edition also includes a gallery of production photos from Nan Goldin, the movie's original theatrical trailer, and previews of other releases from First Run Features. While the content of First Run's DVD edition of Working Girls is nearly identical to that on Anchor Bay's out-of-print 2001 release, it boasts a fine looking transfer of a film that's well worth seeing, and First Run are to be congratulated for making it available again.
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Special Features

Widescreen presentation (1.66:1) for 16x9 tvs; Audio commentary with director Lizzie Borden, director of photography Julie Irola and star Amanda Goodwin; Theatrical trailer; Photos by Nan Goldin
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Laura Abraham
One of the more honest looks at the "oldest profession in the world," Working Girls is not a sophisticated film in any sense of the word. The camerawork may appear amateurish and unprofessional, but the documentary style gives one the impression of being a fly on the wall of a Manhattan brothel for a day. Director Lizzie Borden does not pardon or sensationalize the idea of prostitution but rather shows us an intimate account into the life of a "working girl." "Working" is the operative word here as we are shown that that is exactly what prostitution is to these woman. Borden does not make excuses for the profession, depicting it simply as a job like any other within a capitalist economy. The unknown actresses are contribute to the documentary feel. Working Girls is a film that leaves us not sympathetic towards prostitution per se, but demystifying the work, rendering it almost mundane.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2007
  • UPC: 720229912785
  • Original Release: 1986
  • Rating:

  • Source: First Run Features
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 52,757

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Louise Smith Molly
Ellen McElduff Lucy
Amanda Goodwin Dawn
Marusia Zach Gina
Janne K. Peters April
Helen Nicholas Mary
Richard Davidson Jerry
Martin Haber Don
Frederick Neumann Fantasy Fred
Dan Nutu George, the Cook
Patience Pierce Kathy
Paul Slimak Jay
Technical Credits
Lizzie Borden Director, Editor, Original Story, Producer, Screenwriter
Laurie Craig Screenwriter
Andi Gladstone Producer
Judy Irola Cinematographer
Sandra Kay Screenwriter
Leigh Kyle Art Director
Meg McLagan Production Designer
Kurt Ossenfort Production Designer
June Roberts Screenwriter
David van Tieghem Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Working Girls
1. Introduction [7:45]
2. Nice Place for Nice People [6:46]
3. Two for Jerry [6:51]
4. Hate That Word [4:51]
5. Fantasy Fred [8:53]
6. What's New and Different? [5:30]
7. The Jungle Room [8:07]
8. The New Girl [10:01]
9. Mary's First Night [11:15]
10. Happy Birthday [14:35]
11. Outside of Here [5:17]
12. Credits [3:03]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Working Girls
   Start Film
   Chapters
   Special Features
      Play Feature With Audio Commentary by Director Lizzie Borden, Director of Photography Julie Irola and Star Amanda Goodwin
      Photos by Nan Goldin
      Theatrical Trailer
      Trailer Gallery
         Live Nude Girls Unite!
         The Bridesmaid
         Agnes and His Brothers
   First Run Features
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