Trash: A Queer Film Classic

Trash: A Queer Film Classic

Jon Davies


Trash, one among 3 inaugural titles in Arsenal's movie booklet sequence Queer movie Classics, delves into the mythical 1970 movie that used to be arguably the best collaboration among director Paul Morrissey and manufacturer Andy Warhol. The movie Trash is a down-and-out household melodrama a few decidedly eccentric couple; Joe, an impotent junkie (played via Warhol movie typical Joe Dallesandro), and Holly (played through trans Warhol star Holly Woodlawn), Joe's feisty and sexually pissed off female friend. Joe is the hunky but passive focus on whom proud Holly orbits; whereas Morrissey meant to teach that ''there's no distinction among somebody utilizing medicinal drugs and a bit of refuse,'' Woodlawn's amazing flip reverses his common sense; she makes trash as worthwhile as people. writer Jon Davies argues that Trash, so comical but so heartrending, is an allegory for the studies of Dallesandro, Woodlawn, their co-stars, and numerous different human ''leftovers,'' whose self-fashioning for Warhol and Morrissey's gaze reworked them---if purely fleetingly---from nobodies into a few our bodies.

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