Unrated | | Drama
The story of Joe [Dallesandro] and his lover-protector, Holly [Woodlawn], who is something to behold, a comic book Mother Courage who fancies herself as Marlene Dietrich but sounds more ... See full summary »
Paul Morrissey started shooting the movie in the basement of his brownstone on 6th Street between First and Second Avenue on the Lower East Side in October 1969. Jed Johnson was the film's entire crew, functioning as "gofer, gaffer, grip and editor". Shooting lasted two weeks.
It don't do anything, Geri.
Unlike his predecessor John Trevelyan the new UK censor Stephen Murphy had little time for Warhol's movies and, again unlike Flesh (1968), Trash would receive a checkered history in the UK. The film was rejected for a UK cinema certificate in 1971 and only passed the following year in a much shorter form (the distributor having removed around 8 mins of dialogue) and with heavy BBFC cuts which removed heroin scenes, a sequence where Holly attempts to fellate Joe, and an infamous masturbation scene involving Holly and a beer bottle. The initial 1991 UK video release by Virgin Video featured the same heavily cut cinema version, which was then cut by a further 1 minute 12 secs by the BBFC to remove shots of instructive heroin use. The 1996 First Independent Films video release featured the original longer print which restored the dialogue edits and the fellatio/masturbation scenes, though 2 mins 20 secs of BBFC cuts were again made to the heroin scenes. The film was finally passed completely uncut in the UK in June 2005.