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Heavy Petting

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Time Out says

A documentary whose subject matter (sexual initiation and education) tempted assorted celebrities and intellectuals to recount their earliest intimate encounters. Sandra Bernhard let a boy see her bottom in return for a fudgsicle, David Byrne wondered if he would use up all his sperm if he masturbated, Spalding Gray ponders whether the raccoon hats so popular during his adolescence were used to stimulate the wearer's genital area. By incorporating archival footage (educational, television, feature films), Benz and his researchers explore shifts in sexual codes of conduct in America from the '50s. They've unearthed some wonders, from How to Say No to Physical Aspects of Puberty; and as newshounds quiz teens about the evils of rock'n'roll, one presenter warns that moral depravity could leave the country vulnerable to Communist conquest. The 'witnesses' lend a structure of sorts; when it works, the material is funny and direct, even though the comparison of the two eras doesn't exactly prove revelatory.
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Release Details

  • Duration:80 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Obie Benz
  • Screenwriter:Suzanne Fenn, Lianne Halfron
  • Cast:
    • David Byrne
    • Sandra Bernhard
    • Allen Ginsberg
    • William Burroughs
    • Ann Magnuson
    • Spalding Gray
    • Josh Mostel
    • Laurie Anderson
    • John Oates
    • Abbie Hoffman
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