Sunday, September 25, 2016

1995 - JADE, a sleezy sex thriller

William Friedkin, a director who is challenged to control his over the top impulses when it comes to making a film, takes on a script by sleezy writer Joe Eszterhas.  Friedkin apparently did an uncredited rewrite which apparently didn't make Eszterhas very happy.  I'm not sure Friedkin improved on it much but I will assume the sex titillation stuff was in both versions of the script.

This was a big expensive Paramount studio production.  The on location photography and the sets could not have been cheap.  The film also has one of Friedkin's famous car chases and I'm sure crashing cars around San Francisco wasn't cheap either.

Say what you want, but the film is well made.  Friedkin knows how to assemble a film.  He just seems to have some issues with his tendency for excess which seems to be a running theme in a lot of his films.

I guess if you are feeling in a " I want to watch something kind of slimy" mood.  Jade will probably deliver the goods.  The film is under 2 hours which is a selling point.  A little of this stuff goes a long way.

95 minutes

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