Dusty, a street smart, but desperately unhappy prostitute who works in Times Square, uses her body to survive; seducing, conning, and ripping off her johns. After moving in with Cherry, a cross-dressing male prostitute, Dusty hopes to find more solid financial footing and a stable future in the sex trade, that is, until she meets Bob, a young lawyer who lives on Staten Island, who falls in love with her, and she with him. With a chance to escape her miserable existence becoming a possibility, Dusty starts dreaming of a future she never thought possible. But can she escape her own destiny?
Andy Milligan’s masterpiece of urban sexual despair, FLESHPOT ON 42ND ST stars Laura Cannon (Forced Entry) in her career performance as Dusty, along side Milligan regular character actor Neil Flanagan, and sex film superstar Harry Reems. Evoking the cinéma vérité aesthetics of Paul Morrissey’s work for Warhol as filtered through Cassavetes sobering examinations of loneliness and the working class condition, FLESHPOT remains Milligan’s most powerful and personal film. Only ever available in heavily cut editions sourced from splicy prints, Vinegar Syndrome brings this crucial piece of 70s New York filmmaking to Blu-ray in a brand new 4k preservation of its previously unseen original and painstakingly reconstructed director’s cut, featuring all of its legendary lost footage restored.
directed by: Andy Milligan
starring: Laura Cannon, Neil Flanagan, Harry Reems
1973 / 87 min / 1.37:1
• Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
• Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 16mm camera reversal
• Two different viewing options: the director’s intended 1.37:1 framed presentation or the 1.85:1 theatrical framing.
• Audio commentary with film historians and authors Samm Deighan, Heather Drain, and Kat Ellinger
• Locations ‘then and now’ featurette
• Reversible cover artwork
• English SDH subtitles