Liberty's Booty

by Dick, Vivienne

Film: super-8 1980


Vivienne Dick's last film in her New York period draws a parallel between prostitution and the desire for success so prevalent in American culture. As in her previous films, Dick uses the camera as participant, so that the film is neither commentary nor indictment but rather all the more unsettling for its frank exploration of white middle-class prostitution. The film is unsentimental in its depiction of prostitution, showing the relationships between the Madam and the call-girls, who speak frankly about their lives. Cultural references to the 1960s are made through the use of rock anthems, whilst the ultimate all-American girl – the Statue of Liberty – is seen performing a striptease.


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