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Mala Noche

Gus Van Sant

 
Mala Noche (Criterion DVD)

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  • United States
  • 1985
  • 78 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #407

With its low budget and lush black-and-white imagery, Gus Van Sant’s debut feature Mala Noche heralded an idiosyncratic, provocative new voice in American independent film. Set in Van Sant’s hometown of Portland, Oregon, the film evokes a world of transient workers, dead-end day-shifters, and bars and seedy apartments bathed in a profound nighttime, as it follows a romantic deadbeat with a wayward crush on a handsome Mexican immigrant. Mala Noche was an important prelude to the New Queer Cinema of the nineties and is a fascinating capsule from a time and place that continues to haunt its director’s work.

Cast

WaltTim Streeter
JohnnyDoug Cooeyate
Roberto "Pepper"Ray Monge
Betty, Walt's girl Nyla McCarthy
Hotel clerkSam Downey
Drunk man Bob Pitchlynn
PolicemanEric Pedersen
Bar friendMarty Christiansen
Featured winoBad George Connor
HimselfDon Chambers
GeorgeWalt Curtis

Credits

DirectorGus Van Sant
ProducerGus Van Sant
ScreenplayGus Van Sant
CinematographyJohn Campbell
SoundPat Baum
MusicCreighton Lindsay
Additional photographyEric Alan Edwards
From the book byWalt Curtis

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Gus Van Sant
  • New interview with Van Sant
  • Walt Curtis, the Peckerneck Poet: a documentary about the author of the book Mala Noche, directed by animator and friend Bill Plympton
  • Storyboard gallery
  • Original trailer edited by Van Sant
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic Dennis Lim

    New cover by Steve Chow

Film Essays

Mala Noche: Other Love

By Dennis Lim October 06, 2007

“They all say that I’m ‘openly gay.’ But they put that in as a little political footnote . . . They don’t say anything about gayness. They just say, ‘He’s openly gay.’ They relate it a little . . . Read more »

News

Walt Curtis Week

June 30, 2010

Portland mayor Sam Adams has officially designated July 1–6, 2010, Walt Curtis Week. The city will be celebrating the poet, painter, and literary historian—and writer of the novella upon which . . . Read more »


News

Gloomy Gus

October 21, 2009

It’s been only four years since the last film in his Death Trilogy, but Gus Van Sant is already journeying back to the land of the dead. Variety reports that the director will be teaming up with . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Mala Noche: Other Love

By Dennis Lim October 06, 2007

“They all say that I’m ‘openly gay.’ But they put that in as a little political footnote . . . They don’t say anything about gayness. They just say, ‘He’s openly gay.’ They relate it a little . . . Read more »