Cruising ★★★

So, the NYPD's strategy to investigate a serial killer in the gay community whose killings are literally front-page news is to send one (1) cop undercover and have him... stand around?

Piss-poor as a murder mystery or a character study. Effective as a mood piece. Worthwhile as a historic document.

In a making-of documentary on the Blu-Ray, William Friedkin disputes charges of homophobia by saying that he simply went to the leather clubs and rolled the camera, with no editorial comment. A minute later he talks about his sprinkling of "subliminal" information in the sound and editing to manipulate the viewer. Which is it, Billy?

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