NYPD detective Steve Burns (Pacino) goes undercover sporting a tank top and leather peaked cap in the leather bar underground of a pre-AIDS West Village to catch an S&M serial killer targeting gay men. But he finds himself starting to like his new role maybe a little too much. Wildly controversial (its production sparked protests from the gay community), Friedkin’s garish, graphic noir is “a lurid fever dream of popper fumes, color-coded pocket hankies, hardcore disco frottage, and Crisco-coated forearms"(Nathan Lee, The Village Voice).
with William Friedkin
The 7pm screening will be followed by a Q&A with Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin, moderated by Jake Perlin.