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American Swing

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American Swing

American Swing

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
80 minutes
director:
Jon Hart, Matthew Kaufman
distributor:
Magnolia Pictures
author:
Keith Reamer
genre:
Documentary

We gave it an A-

A shrewdly made documentary about the rise and fall of Plato’s Retreat, the infamous Manhattan sex club of the ’70s and ’80s. ? A lot of the patrons were suburban schlubs, and the movie does justice to their odd… normality. The least classy person there ?was owner Larry Levenson, a nudnick who ?made the nightly bacchanals feel as friendly — ?and about as sexy — as a bar mitzvah. American Swing drolly evokes this Romper Room of middle-class exhibitionism, with its petri dish of a swimming pool and its icky lasagna-?and-chicken buffet. Plato’s Retreat was a buffet of bodies, and the film catches the moment America could think that was tasty. A?

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