Chain of Desire (1993)

110 mins | Drama, Romance | 25 June 1993

Director:

Temistocles Lopez

Producer:

Brian Cox

Cinematographer:

Nancy Schreiber

Editor:

Suzanne Fenn

Production Designer:

Scott Chambliss

Production Company:

Distant Horizon
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HISTORY

       According to the 2 Jul 1993 LA Reader, the small-budget picture screened at the Seattle International Film Festival, and the Montreal World Film Festival.
       The picture was inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s play La Ronde, written in 1897, and by Max Ophüls’ 1950 film adaptation, also titled La Ronde.
       Director of photography Nancy Schreiber’s camera work garnered her an Independent Spirit Award for “Best Cinematography.”

      End credits include the following acknowledgements: “The Producers Acknowledge the Support of: ACT UP; Gay & Lesbian Center, NY; Cordell & Lindeman Associates; John Sloss; Norman Wang; Gerry Gershman; Alan Grodin; Mickey Nivelli; Nick Alberti; Sebastian Bo,” also, “Special Thanks To: Absolut Vodka, Apple Computers, Archetype, Ariadne Galleries, AT&T, Bacardi, Ballantine’s, Barbara’s Bakery, Bigelow Teas, Bio-Botanica, Budweiser, Cadbury/Schweppes, Champagne Piper Heidseck Cuvee Brut, Crabtree & Evelyn, Dean & Deluca, Dialogica New York, Eden Foods, Exposures, Frito-Lay, Genesee Brewing Company, Ginseng Up, Glacier Water, Hewlett Packard, Jeffrey Indyke, Jolt Cola, Keebler Company, Kodak Copiers, K.R.S. Rehabilitation Corp., Maison Gerard, Metro Bicycles, Musician Magazine, Napa Water, New York Health & Racquet Club, Panasonic, Pepsi-Cola, Red Mill Farms, Rizzoli Books, Spin Magazine, Stolichnaya Vodka, Urban Bob Kat, Westside Bicycle, Yankee Candle ... More Less

       According to the 2 Jul 1993 LA Reader, the small-budget picture screened at the Seattle International Film Festival, and the Montreal World Film Festival.
       The picture was inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s play La Ronde, written in 1897, and by Max Ophüls’ 1950 film adaptation, also titled La Ronde.
       Director of photography Nancy Schreiber’s camera work garnered her an Independent Spirit Award for “Best Cinematography.”

      End credits include the following acknowledgements: “The Producers Acknowledge the Support of: ACT UP; Gay & Lesbian Center, NY; Cordell & Lindeman Associates; John Sloss; Norman Wang; Gerry Gershman; Alan Grodin; Mickey Nivelli; Nick Alberti; Sebastian Bo,” also, “Special Thanks To: Absolut Vodka, Apple Computers, Archetype, Ariadne Galleries, AT&T, Bacardi, Ballantine’s, Barbara’s Bakery, Bigelow Teas, Bio-Botanica, Budweiser, Cadbury/Schweppes, Champagne Piper Heidseck Cuvee Brut, Crabtree & Evelyn, Dean & Deluca, Dialogica New York, Eden Foods, Exposures, Frito-Lay, Genesee Brewing Company, Ginseng Up, Glacier Water, Hewlett Packard, Jeffrey Indyke, Jolt Cola, Keebler Company, Kodak Copiers, K.R.S. Rehabilitation Corp., Maison Gerard, Metro Bicycles, Musician Magazine, Napa Water, New York Health & Racquet Club, Panasonic, Pepsi-Cola, Red Mill Farms, Rizzoli Books, Spin Magazine, Stolichnaya Vodka, Urban Bob Kat, Westside Bicycle, Yankee Candle Company.”
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
26 Aug 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
29 Jun 1993
p. 10, 16.
LA Reader
2 Jul 1993.
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Los Angeles Times
30 Jun 1993
p. 3.
New York Times
25 Jun 1993
p. 19.
Variety
7 Sep 1992
p. 53.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Anant Singh and Distant Horizon present
A Film by Temistocles Lopez
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op/Helicopter op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Cam trainee
Steadicam op
Addl 1st asst cam
Addl 2d asst cam
Addl 2d asst cam
Videographer
Still photog
Gaffer
Best boy elec
3d elec
4th elec
Key grip
Best boy grip
3d grip
Grip
Cam intern
Lighting equip
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Art dept coord
Art dept intern
Art dept intern
Art dept intern
Art dept intern
Art dept intern
Art dept intern
Art dept intern
Art dept intern
Art dept intern
Art dept intern
Graphic des
FILM EDITORS
Assoc picture ed
Asst picture ed
Assembly ed
Asst assembly ed
Title sequence ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Prod carpenter
Swing intern
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward supv
Costumer
Women's daywear
Dancers' costumes
"Stranger on Earth" gown
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Supv sd ed
Asst sd ed
Re-rec, Todd-AO
Re-rec
VISUAL EFFECTS
Titles & opticals
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Hair/Makeup artist
Addl makeup
Addl makeup
Addl makeup
Addl makeup
Addl hair
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Unit/Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Post prod supv
Post prod coord
Addl casting
Addl casting asst
Key prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Craft service
Asst to the dir
Asst to the prod
Loc scout
Casting intern
Casting intern
Loc intern
Loc intern
Office intern
Set intern
Asst to Anant Singh
Auditor
Prod accountant
Legal representation
Teamster capt
Helicopter pilot
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
Partial list as music credits were illegible: “Games of Desire,” written by Nathan Birnbaum & Colin Gorman, performed by Linda Fiorentino, published by Nathan Birnbaum & Colin Gorman/BMI
“Steal Blue, written by The Basement Boys & Daryll Mandrill Hamis, performed by 33 1/3 Queen, published by My Starz Music & Basement Boys Music/ASCAP, courtesy of Nu Groove Records
“Chicken Noodling,” written by Douglas J. Cuomo, performed by Douglas J. Cuomo, published by Douglas J. Cuomo/BMI
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SONGS
Partial list as music credits were illegible: “Games of Desire,” written by Nathan Birnbaum & Colin Gorman, performed by Linda Fiorentino, published by Nathan Birnbaum & Colin Gorman/BMI
“Steal Blue, written by The Basement Boys & Daryll Mandrill Hamis, performed by 33 1/3 Queen, published by My Starz Music & Basement Boys Music/ASCAP, courtesy of Nu Groove Records
“Chicken Noodling,” written by Douglas J. Cuomo, performed by Douglas J. Cuomo, published by Douglas J. Cuomo/BMI
“El Abado,” traditional arrangement by Nick Olivo, performed by Missionary Choir, Nick Olivo & Brian Chester, published by Penny Notes Publishing/BMI
“Blenheim Chorale,” written by Nathan Birnbaum, performed by Nathan Birnbaum, published by Other Noises Music/ASCAP
“Turkey Noodling,” written by Douglas J. Cuomo, performed by Douglas J. Cuomo, published by Douglas J. Cuomo/BMI
“Macho Perez,” written by M. Jimenez, arrangement by Ramon Sanchez, performed by Hector Tricoche, published by Unimusica, Inc./ASCAP, courtesy of TH-Rodven Records, Inc.
"So Hard To Know," written by Roxanne Seeman and Rique Pantoja, performed by Chet Baker, published by Noa Noa Music & Rique Pantoja Music/ASCAP.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
25 June 1993
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 25 June 1993
Los Angeles opening: 30 June 1993
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Prints
Filmed on Eastman Kodak
Duration(in mins):
110
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In New York City, nightclub singer Alma D’Angeli goes to church and cries over the end of her relationship with boyfriend Michael. Jesus, a workman restoring the church, comforts her. Alma takes the stranger home and has sex with him. When she invites him to stay for dinner, Jesus admits he has a family. After they have sex again, Jesus goes home to his wife, Isa, and infant son. They talk about his plan to buy a Laundromat and turn it into a “Salsamat,” where people can listen to Salsa music while they do their laundry. Jesus and Isa make love. Sometime later, Isa is caught looking at images from the Kama Sutra in the home of Dr. Jerald Buckley, where she works as a maid. Jerald attempts to seduce Isa, and rubs himself on her high-heeled foot until he climaxes. Afterward, Isa quits her job, and Dr. Buckley continues acting out his foot fetish fantasies with a woman named Linda Bailey, who dresses in a maid’s uniform to please him. Linda returns home to her husband, Hubert Bailey, and asks how they lost the passion in their marriage. Hubert, a well-known television interviewer, is unfazed when Linda admits to having an affair, but is surprised to learn it is with his acquaintance, Jerald Buckley. Hubert warns Linda to be careful not to get caught. Later, Hubert entertains Keith, a young male prostitute. However, during their tryst, Keith’s pimp telephones and threatens to report Hubert’s illicit activities unless he pays the sum of ... +


In New York City, nightclub singer Alma D’Angeli goes to church and cries over the end of her relationship with boyfriend Michael. Jesus, a workman restoring the church, comforts her. Alma takes the stranger home and has sex with him. When she invites him to stay for dinner, Jesus admits he has a family. After they have sex again, Jesus goes home to his wife, Isa, and infant son. They talk about his plan to buy a Laundromat and turn it into a “Salsamat,” where people can listen to Salsa music while they do their laundry. Jesus and Isa make love. Sometime later, Isa is caught looking at images from the Kama Sutra in the home of Dr. Jerald Buckley, where she works as a maid. Jerald attempts to seduce Isa, and rubs himself on her high-heeled foot until he climaxes. Afterward, Isa quits her job, and Dr. Buckley continues acting out his foot fetish fantasies with a woman named Linda Bailey, who dresses in a maid’s uniform to please him. Linda returns home to her husband, Hubert Bailey, and asks how they lost the passion in their marriage. Hubert, a well-known television interviewer, is unfazed when Linda admits to having an affair, but is surprised to learn it is with his acquaintance, Jerald Buckley. Hubert warns Linda to be careful not to get caught. Later, Hubert entertains Keith, a young male prostitute. However, during their tryst, Keith’s pimp telephones and threatens to report Hubert’s illicit activities unless he pays the sum of $20,000. Hubert asks Keith to leave, and suggests he find a new pimp. Keith returns to the streets and buys crack cocaine. When he fails to produce the money he owes his pimp, they get into a fight. Later, Keith is approached by a social worker named Ken, who offers to help him find a safe place to live. Ken buys Keith lunch, invites him to stay temporarily with him and his roommate, David Bango, and encourages Keith to give up using drugs. David Bango performs as a cabaret singer at the nightclub where Alma D’Angeli sings. Afterward, David goes out with a young woman named Diana. He refuses to have sex with her because she is a virgin, and he is not interested in a relationship. However, Diana insists she only wants a casual relationship and seduces him. David Bango returns home and gets into bed with Ken. After admitting he took ecstasy, he and Ken have sex. Later, the two men attend a gay rights rally. In time, Diana attends an art gallery opening with her friend, and meets a much older artist named Mel. Elsewhere, Mel’s wife, Cleo, waits for her husband to return so they can celebrate their anniversary. Mel takes Diana to his studio where she confesses she is a virgin. Despite Mel’s pleading, she refuses to sleep with him. When Mel returns home, his wife smells perfume on him, and asks where he has been. Tired of his constant infidelities, Cleo demands a divorce. The following day, Cleo looks for Mel at his studio and waits for his return with his young apprentice, Joe. As Cleo waits for Mel’s return, Diana telephones and leaves a message looking for her lost purse. Cleo is furious when she finds the purse, and enacts revenge by seducing Mel’s apprentice Joe. Mel returns to find the couple rolling around on his latest painting. Cleo laughs as he clumsily fights Joe. Sometime later, Joe looks out his window and spies into his neighbors’ apartments. When he makes eye contact with a beautiful woman, they both touch themselves as the other watches. Witnessing the exchange, a third neighbor also becomes excited. At the nightclub, Angie tells fellow performer, Alma D’Angeli, about the erotic encounter with her neighbor. Angie asks about Alma’s relationship with Jesus, whom Alma got a job as a bartender at the club. Angie worries that Alma will be hurt by her married lover. Before her performance, Alma receives a telephone call from her former boyfriend, Michael, who tells her he is infected with HIV. Alma shares the news with Angie, and refuses to perform. However, Angie insists her friend take the stage. As Alma sings, Ken, David Bango, Diana, Mel, Cleo, Hubert and Linda Bailey, and Dr. Buckley are all in attendance. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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