Mala Noche: The Criterion Collection

Mala Noche: The Criterion Collection




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Gus Van Sant's first feature film thrusts us headfirst into the unyielding obsession one man has with a handsome Mexican illegal immigrant. Told in an almost dreamlike fashion, this delicious morsel showcases Van Sant's immense talent for storytelling.

Reasons to Buy

  1. One of the best gay films ever made on allusiveness of obsessive sexual attraction.
  2. Here is the raw, pre-famous Gus Van Sant
  3. Tidbit: TLA had the Philly premiere in 1985 and booked it directly through Van Sant but we accidentally destroyed the 16mm print. Gus, it's been over 25 years, please forgive us!

DVD Features

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


  • Director: Gus Van Sant
  • Producer: Gus Van Sant
  • Writer: Gus Van Sant
  • Length: 1 hrs. 18 mins.
  • Rating: NR
  • Released: Oct 09 2007
  • Production Year: 1985
  • TLA SKU: 1358868
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • UPC Code: 715515026123
  • Catalog #: DV1115292


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5 Reviews for Mala Noche: The Criterion Collection

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Review by Nick Strathern

By: Nick Strathern
In-House Review - Dec 19 2011
Any fan of acclaimed gay filmmaker Gus Van Sant will be entranced by his first feature film, which tells the story of Walt, a "gringo faggot" who becomes obsessed with an illegal Mexican drifter and his traveling companion in Portland, Oregon. A visu... Read More

Review by Raymond Murray

By: Raymond Murray
In-House Review - Dec 19 2011
Director Gus Van Sant's first feature length film, made on a shoe-string budget, proves to be a wry, perceptive meditation on obsessive love and thwarted lust. The film's gritty black and white cinematography takes us to Portland's skid row where the... Read More
4.50 out of 5

Review by gbelly

By: gbelly
A masterpiece!

Review by Amos Lassen

By: Amos Lassen
"Mala Noche"
Early Van Zant
Amos Lassen
"Mala Noche" is Gus Van Zant's first feature film and it gives a hint of what the director will later give us in his movies. Made on a very tight budget, it is a wry and perceptive look at obsess... Read More
2.00 out of 5

Review by Craig Wilson

By: Craig Wilson
This director guy creeps me out. Mala Noche especially creeped me out. There's a point where you wonder how much is too much. I'd say it's a good dvd for someone who wants to watch something challenging with lots of boy butt.

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