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Whore

Year: 1991
Production Co: Trimark Pictures
Director: Ken Russell
Writer: Ken Russell/David Hines
Cast: Theresa Russell, John Diehl, Danny Trejo

I'm not that familiar with the work of Ken Russell, but he seems like a bit of a cross between Roger Corman and Russ Meyer, fairly obsessed with chicks and sex and usually on a miniscule budget.

This docudrama about daily life for a big city prostitute is nothing like his psychosexual horror film Lair of the White Worm, but you can see similar fast and cheap philosophy behind them both.

Liz (Russell) tries to navigate the vagaries and at times dangers of making a living selling herself on the street. If it isn't a van full of young men who consider her easy pickings because of her profession its her pimp, a guy who - as she says - makes you think he loves you, but thinks nothing of choking her nearly to death when she tries to insist he do what's right.

In hindsight the premise and some of the scenes would probably be shocking to many people, but it's all so pedestrian as a film it doesn't make much of an impact. And no, there's no more sex in it than there is in the Bible when you go looking for references to the Whore of Babylon.

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