Mala Noche: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1985) / Region 1
Mala Noche: The Criterion Collection

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Mala Noche: The Criterion Collection

With its low budget and lush black-and-white imagery, Gus Van Sant's debut feature, Mala Noche, heralded an idiosyncratic, provocative new voice in American independent film. Set in Van Sant's hometown of Portland, Oregon, the film evokes a world of transient workers, dead-end day-shifters, and bars and seedy apartments bathed in a profound nighttime, as it follows a romantic deadbeat with a wayward crush on a handsome Mexican immigrant. Mala Noche was an important prelude to the New Queer Cinema of the nineties and is a fascinating time capsule from an era that continues to haunt the director's work.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jul 31 2007
  • Production Year 1985
  • Empire SKU 1358868
  • UPC Code 715515026123
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


New Video Interview with Van Sant
Walt Curtis: The Peckerneck Poet, a Documentary About the Author of the Book Mala Noche, Directed by Animator and Curtis Friend Bill Plympton
Storyboard Gallery
Original Trailer, Edited by Van Sant
Plus: A New Essay by Film Critic Dennis Lim


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
    Spanish Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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