Dennis Lim’s third Cannes dispatch is up here:
My favorite film by an American director so far â€” although it was shot and financed in Italy â€” is Abel Ferrara‘s "Go Go Tales," screening out of competition as a midnight selection. A wild and wildly allegorical comedy, it’s set in the course of one long, eventful night at the declining Paradise Lounge strip club. Beleagured proprietor-emcee Ray Ruby (Willem Dafoe) is behind on the rent (landlady Sylvia Miles is threatening to turn the premises over to Bed Bath & Beyond) and facing a nearly mutinous crew of go-go dancers (among them Asia Argento, who gets to tongue-kiss a dog). But he continues to dream big, holding on with a mix of tenacity, blind optimism and belief in community that are, more than ever, the necessary traits of the struggling artist.
Also up, finally, is this week’s podcast, recorded at Cannes with lousy sound â€” sorry! And we’ve burdened it with a terrible headline â€” sorry again!