Postcards from America (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

Postcards from America (1994)





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This avant garde film is based on two angry autobiographical books by David Wojnarowicz: Close to the Knives and Memories That Smell Like Gasoline. Wojnarowicz, a noted performance artist, died of AIDS . The film examines three sides of his life. The first looks at his suburban childhood and the abuse he suffered at his alcoholic father's violent hand. The second chronicles his experiences as an teen-age street hustler and criminal in New York, and the third section, which is highly abstract, follows the adult Dave as he wanders through a dangerous desert. Once these identities are established, chronology is scattered to the winds, and the three ages of David play up to and comment on each other. The work of Wojnarowicz is also represented in Knud Vesterkov's film, By The Dawn's Early Light.


Jim Lyons
as Adult David
James Lyons
as Adult David
Michael Tighe
as Teen David
Olmo Tighe
as Young David
Maggie Low
as Mother
Brad Hunt
as Driver
Dean 'Sissy Fit' Novotny
as Porn Theater Drag Queen
Tom Gilroy
as Adult David's Friend
Peter Byrne
as St. Sebastian
Bob Romano
as Art Dealer
Danny Urbino
as Porn Star
Tony Urbino
as Porn Star
Patti DiLeo
as Suburban Mom
Maureen Goldfedder
as Suburban Mom
Coco McPherson
as Suburban Mom
Colin Blair Fisher
as Young David's Friend
Dimitry Stathas
as Little Boy
Matthew Kuran
as Little Boy
George Joyce
as Ideal Mom
Jay Nickerson
as Ideal Dad
Jonathan Turner Smith
as David's Neighbor
Lea Gulino
as David's Neighbor
Thom Milano
as Policeman
Crosby Romberger
as David's Brother
Allyson Anne Buckley
as David's Sister
Todd Marsh
as Son with Aids
Philip Yenawine
as AIDS Family Member
Carol Morgan
as AIDS Family Member
Emily Spray
as AIDS Family Member
Sam Atkinson
as AIDS Family Member
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All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Big mystery is how did such potentially dramatic and touching subject, about artist David Wonjnarowicz who died of AIDS in 1992, become such an elusive and frustrating art film.

July 21, 2007 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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