Lust in the Dust

Lust in the Dust

A FILM BY: Paul Bartel
WRITTEN BY: Philip John Taylor
STARRING: Tab Hunter, Divine, Lainie Kazan
 
 
One of the most overlooked talents to come out Roger Corman’s AIP director mill, Paul Bartel continued to make his own sort of unfashionable, high-concept, and decidedly independent B-pictures well into the ’90s. Bartel’s Western-comedy LUST IN THE DUST may have been advertised as something akin to a queer BLAZING SADDLES, but in its ambling, affable way, it is far more faithful to the genre’s B-movie roots than most of the Westerns produced during the revisionist heyday. Reuniting gay icons Tab Hunter and Divine, previously seen together in John Waters’s POLYESTER, LUST IN THE DUST is ostensibly concerned with a love triangle between Hunter’s gunslinger Abel Wood, Divine’s chorus girl-cum-prostitute Rosie Velez, and saloon-owner Marguerita (Lainie Kazan). There’s some nonsense about a search for gold, but Bartel is most excited just to play in his genre sandbox, trying on tropes and casting off any useless seriousness. 
 
Short: "The Secret Cinema” (Paul Bartel, 1966, 30min, 35mm) 
“The Secret Cinema” has been newly restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation with funding provided by The George Lucas Family Foundation.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1985
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 84 mins
Format: 35mm