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(Travis Mathews, James Franco, USA). 60 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNNN Legend has it 40 min­utes of gay S&M footage was cut from Wil­liam Fried­kin’s con­tro­ver­sial 1980 film Cruis­ing to avoid an X rat­ing. Now Travis Mathews and James Franco have made a doc­u­men­tary about the film­ing of those lost scenes.

The pair cast Franco’s for­mer act­ing class col­league Val Lau­ren in the Al Pa­cino role, which works well – and not just be­cause of the phys­i­cal re­sem­blance. In the orig­i­nal, Pa­cino’s character is a straight po­lice of­fi­cer who un­com­fort­ably goes un­der­cover in NYC’s S&M scene to find a se­rial killer. Lau­ren, who’s also straight, is clearly un­sure about his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the movie, which in­cludes some graphic sex.

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