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Performance anxiety: Philip Bosco and Carol Burnett in D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus's Moon Over Broadway
Performance anxiety: Philip Bosco and Carol Burnett in D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus's Moon Over Broadway

The question of how the filmmaker gradually ingratiated himself over the two-month shoot isn't nearly so curious as the legal fine print in some of these painful transactions or the enigmatic nature of Broomfield's own fetish about transgressive women (e.g., Heidi Fleiss, Aileen Wuornos, Courtney Love)--both of which, alas, go unexplained. More than the male client who has a thing about stinky tennis shoes, or the guy who likes licking sweat from his mistress's leather wear, Broomfield's laconic voiceovers and charmingly workmanlike approach make him the film's star, if not its master. Befitting the definition of S/M, the movie does observe a certain transfer of power as a team of mistresses reach out to tickle and pinch poor Broomfield, who strains to hold back a smile while clutching his, um, boom mike. If nothing else, Fetishes hits upon a seductive visual metaphor for the documentarian's submission to his subjects.

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