Skip to main content

EXPOSED

USA, 1983 (MIFF 1984)

Director: James Toback

James Toback's third film is a breathless, dazzling see-saw between illusion and obsession, love and death, role and self—the major themes of Bunuel and Godard, with a dash of Fuller—as psychology is actually turned into plot, Paris, New York and the Wisconsin countryside are the variable.

Loci for a romantic young woman's social rise whilst he undergoes a stunning transformation of her outer and inner self, The former farm girl Elizabeth drops out of college, defies her parents and goes to New York, to lead an independent life as a pianist. Instead she is robbed and reduced to working as a waitress (her parent's worst prediction). Thence she is "discovered" by a photographer and becomes an internationally celebrated cover girl, object of her own and others' desires.

Into her life comes a mercurial violinist who pays insistent mention to her. She follows him to Paris, only to realize that he is using her in an attempt to avenge the death of his mother, victim of a restaurant bombing. She is drawn into the tracking down of a terrorist gang and its Satanic leader within a network of intrigue, opportunism, hypocrisy and retribution.

Formally and thematically "Exposed" ,/i>is an extraordinary mix and match operation, uniting the fashion milieu with the terrorist ethos, two worlds, two stories—while the music performs its own dance of death in a blend of Bach, Tchaikowsky and pop music. Seen in any context, "Exposed'' is a startling achievement.

See also...

BURROUGHS

William Burroughs, the noted American novelist, is the subject of this long documentary filmed aver five years and including material shot earlier, in black and white, by British film director Antony ... More »

Metropolitan Cats

A journey into a unique world of art, depicting four thousand years of cats as they appear in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. ... More »

HIGH SCHOOLS

Shot on location at seven American High schools, the film present a realistic picture of daily high school activity, both in and outside of the classes room. ... “High Schools was based on the ... More »

Cocaine Blues - The Myth and Reality of Cocaine

Attempts to explode the myths and explore the facts of a phenomenon that has become a major social issue of the '80's. Features people from all walks of life who relate their experiences with cocaine ... More »

Double Lunar Dogs

A romantic landscape dressed full of love forms the context of this ... pastorale. Minimal Interventions in the image Intensify the character of this landlife. ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director