Goodbye City (Times Square Episode 8)

On this episode, Melissa and Cheyenne say so long to The Deuce. We revisit Serpico, the film and the man, whose life became a myth borne from the 1970s. Our special guest is award-winning filmmaker Shine Louise Houston, founder of queer porn studio Pink & White Productions, on how 70s film influences her work today.

Times Square, 1975 / Getty

On this episode

no mourning for Ruby / "When someone shows you who they are, believe them" / #SayHerName / making Candy complicit in the disposability of other sex workers / "the tricks of the trade" / despondently eating a slice of pie / Deep Throat as letdown / "representation" is a cop-out / listener mail from Matthew / Shine Louise Houston / 70s porno chic vs 90s porno chic / Serpico / extra: Franco's porn thing / call us! / become a patron / so long

Further reading and viewing

Jenny Holzer

Jenny Holzer

  • Snapshot, d. Shine Louise Houston; 2016
  • Blow-up, d. Michelangelo Antonioni;1966
  • Score, Radley Metzer; 1974
Snapshot , Shine Louise Houston

Snapshot, Shine Louise Houston

Deep Throat , Gerard Damiano

Deep Throat, Gerard Damiano

Mr. Lindsay and Commissioner Murphy spoke briefly with the patrolman, Frank Serpico, as he lay on a bed on the third floor of the cluttered, noisy hospital, but they reported he was too weak to answer. “He is a brave man,” Mayor Lindsay said, “and he deserves the highest praise.”
— The Mayor Visits A Very Brave Man, New York Times, February 5, 1971
Serpico , 1973

Serpico, 1973

Frank Serpico , 2017

Frank Serpico, 2017

  • Serpico, d. Sidney Lumet; 1973
  • Frank Serpico, d. Antonino D'Ambrosio; 2017 (trailer)
  • "Former NYPD Detective Frank Serpico reflects on Knapp Commission, exposing police corruption and today's brutality issues," New York Daily News (online archive)
  • "The Police Are Still Out of Control. I should know.," Frank Serpico, POLITICO; 2014 (online)
  • Kink, d. Christina Voros; 2013 (trailer, featuring Franco)
  • Cruising, d. William Friedkin; 1980 (trailer)
  • Interior Leather Bar, d. James Franco, Travis Matthews; 2013 (trailer)
  • Mansfield 66/67, d. P. David Ebersole, Todd Hughes; 2017 (trailer)
Jenny Holzer

Jenny Holzer

Featured Music

  • "Shannon," Henry Gross; 1976
  •  "One More Tomorrow," Henry Gross
  • "Four Strong Winds," Jim Dawson


TERRIFIC CITY is hosted by Melissa Gira Grant and Cheyenne Picardo. The show was recorded and edited by Cheyenne Picardo, and it was produced by Melissa Gira Grant. (Thanks to Bradley Robinson for helping with music supervision.)

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