I love Larry Clark's work because of his willingness to really
go out there and take serious risks. It takes courage to take
on taboo subject matter, to push the envelope as he does. Of
course, for doing so he's paid the price. He's been called a
dirty old man, a pervert, a pimp and a pornographer. (Okay,
now ask yourself when was the last time you heard “pervert”
or “dirty old [anything])” applied to a woman?)
The subjects and characters in all his films and photo books
seem to be youthful outcasts, outsiders and fringe dwellers,
testing the boundaries of adolescence and the dangers implied
in that, of crossing the line. Once the needle goes in,
it never comes out, is a Larry Clark quote appearing
in the beginning of Tulsa.
In other words, for some,
once certain boundaries are crossed, they’ve been crossed for
good. There's innocence, then the loss of innocence. And there’s
no going back.
It's a theme Larry Clark
seems fixated on.
Some have called his work
nihilistic, but I disagree. I see his work as having a moral
center—even going back to Tulsa—and, yeah, those who
cross the line and indulge in wild excess pay a price. This
is what happens, he seems to imply, when base instincts go unchecked.
All his characters live in
the moment and behave with a total disregard for consequences.
We watch these characters with morbid fascination, watch as
they succumb to temptation, indulge in every whim, and spiral
For me his work is disturbing, but always compelling. I hope
he continues making films.
first film, blows my mind every time I watch it. Larry Clark's
organic, documentary-style approach, his ease and naturalness
with untrained actors, the film's creative editing and clever
use of music. For me, “Kids” is a masterpiece. Bold, unsettling
stuff. Others, like Gus Van Sant, have openly admitted to being
influenced by Larry Clark's intuitive approach.
Larry Clark's Filmography, so far:
Another Day in Paradise (1997)
Teenage Caveman (2002) (TV)
Ken Park (2002)
Wassup Rockers (2005)
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