Video Essay: Indecent Proposal — Would You Do It?

Kentucker Audley unearths his "lost" video essay about the 1993 drama, which he created in 2017 but is only now sharing with the world.

It’s been almost three years since I released my last video essay about iconic films from the 1990’s. I return to you today with a “lost” video essay that I made in April of 2017 but never released. It’s about Indecent Proposal — an under-appreciated gem of the era — and the reason I didn’t release it was because it was much darker than my other essays. Normally my process was to pick a basic Hollywood film (Powder, Richie Rich, She’s All That, etc.) and treat it with the reverence of a cinematic masterpiece. But after watching Indecent Proposal several times, I realized it was no basic Hollywood film — it was a knockout that left me emotionally wrecked every time I watched. After making my video, I realized it wasn’t that funny. Because the movie was too good. So why release the video now? In retrospect, I think it stands alone as its own thing and is still funny in a way, just a heavier way. Thanks for watching and thank you to Talkhouse for providing a platform for artists to talk about art.

Kentucker Audley is an actor, filmmaker and programmer. He stars in Amy Seimetz’s Sun Don’t Shine, Ti West’s The Sacrament, and Dustin Guy Defa’s Bad Fever. He has directed four feature films, including Open Five, which was called one of the Top 25 films of 2010 by The New Yorker, and Open Five 2. He also runs NoBudge.com, which screens new indie films.