My Hustler (1965)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Gay & Lesbian Films, Trash Film  |   Run Time - 66 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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My Hustler is one of the first feature films to focus primarily on gay characters in a typically "gay" situation. The first reel is made up of three separate shots and includes some ragged swish pans; although that doesn't sound like much, it was the most camera movement that had been employed in an Andy Warhol film to that time. It was also one of the first Warhol films to be made on location rather than at The Factory -- My Hustler was filmed on Fire Island over Labor Day Weekend in 1965. By conventional standards, My Hustler is not a terribly good film; it is long and ponderous, and the acting by the newcomers (Paul America and the never-seen-again Genevieve Charbon) is particularly weak. But in the context of Warhol's own milieu, it has several extraordinary features. My Hustler is a bit more personal than was Warhol's wont; the offer that the John makes to Paul seems uncomfortably close to Warhol's own way of dealing with men in relationships. In terms of content, My Hustler looks forward to the type of films Rainer Werner Fassbinder made in the 1970s, such as Fox and His Friends, though, comparatively, it is technically primitive, awkward, and minimal in style. But unlike other Warhol films, My Hustler represents a complete story cycle in which the "point" of the plot is revealed only in the last few seconds of the movie. My Hustler is definitely adult in content, and, though not explicit, features brief nudity and some foul language.