One of the very first in the expansive cycle of ‘80s teen flicks, Foxes quickly became a cinematic standard bearer for decadent adolescent rebellion, and an awesome touchstone for an entire generation of budding lesbians. As the brash high schooler leading a quartet’s worth of glammed-out confidantes, Jodie Foster is incredible in the role of a girl mature beyond her years: she’s slept with a couple of boys in 9th grade, but now rebuffs any guy who tries to make it with her ‘cause she’s too busy looking out for her gal pals. This is a remarkable story of female friendship, broken homes, and messy decisions, all accompanied by Giorgio Moroder-produced tunes on the soundtrack. Director Adrian Lyne (Flashdance, Fatal Attraction) mixes his signature, hazy soft focus with gritty street scenes of pre-gentrification L.A., plus, the Runaways’ Cherie Currie and a babyfaced Scott Baio co-star with matching feathered hair. This month’s Q/A/F guest artist Suzanne Wright (a founding member of the radical NYC art collective Fierce Pussy) often explores glory holes, portals, and power across her collage, drawings, and paintings. Join us after the film for a discussion of Foxes’ influence on her work and on queer culture!
Dir. Adrian Lyne, 1980, 35mm, 106 min.
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