Working Girls

The Criterion Collection

Working Girls

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Sex work is portrayed with radical nonjudgment in Lizzie Borden’s immersive, richly detailed look at the rhythms and rituals of society’s most stigmatized profession. Inspired by the experiences of the sex workers Borden met while making her underground feminist landmark Born in Flames, Working Girls reveals the textures of a day in the life of Molly (Louise Smith), a photographer working part-time in a Manhattan brothel, as she juggles a steady stream of clients, balances nurturing relationships with her coworkers with the demands of an ambitious madam, and above all fights to maintain her sense of self in a business in which the line between the personal and the professional is all too easily blurred. In viewing prostitution through the lens of labor, Borden boldly desensationalizes the subject, offering an empathetic, humanizing, often humorous depiction of women for whom this work is just another day at the office.

FILM INFO

  • United States
  • 1986
  • 93 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #1087

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Lizzie Borden, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2007 featuring Borden, director of photography Judy Irola, and actor Amanda Goodwin
  • New conversation between Borden and filmmaker Bette Gordon
  • New conversation with Goodwin, actor Louise Smith, producer Andi Gladstone, and assistant director Vicky Funari
  • New conversation with sex workers Antonia Crane, Daphne, Selena the Stripper, and Jo Weldon
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by author So Mayer and excerpts from a 1987 interview with Borden by film critic Scott MacDonald

    Photography by Nan Goldin