Bette Gordon

A pioneer in American independent film, Bette Gordon is an award-winning filmmaker known for her bold explorations of themes related to sexuality, violence, and pornography. Gordon is best known for her film Variety (1983), a beautifully seductive film about a woman who takes a job selling tickets at a NYC porn theatre. It plays at the Quad as part of its series “The New York Woman” on July 19.  Luminous Motion (2000) was produced by Ted Hope and Anthony Bregman and stars Deborah Kara Unger in a breathtaking performance. Gordon’s 2010 film, Handsome Harry, features a stellar ensemble cast including Steve Buscemi, Titus Welliver, Aidan Quinn, Campbell Scott, Karen Young, John Savage and Jamey Sheridan. Her current film, The Drowning (2017), is a suspense thriller based on the novel Border Crossing by award winning British author Pat Barker. The film stars Josh Charles, Julia Stiles, and Avan Jogia. Gordon’s films have been shown theatrically and in international Festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Locarno, Lisbon, Sao Paulo, Palm Springs, and Tribeca.


Voyeurism and Half-Lit Streets: Bette Gordon on Variety

By Bette Gordon | July 18, 2018

Voyeurism and Half-Lit Streets: Bette Gordon on Variety

Bette Gordon takes us back to Downtown NYC in the early 1980s and the roots of her classic 1983 directorial debut feature.