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David Salle's Search and Destroy

I APPROACHED DAVID SALLE’S first movie with an open mind, if not exactly an open heart. Bashing Salle, after all, whether for his paintings or his public persona, has become a rather routine gesture; there’s not much pleasure left in it. (Eileen Daspin had perhaps the last gasp of dramatically wicked fun at Salle’s expense eighteen months ago in the fashion and society magazine W’s excoriating profile of the artist, which quoted yours truly.) It seemed a better idea to see Search and Destroy in a frame of mind in which I might actually enjoy the film. Getting a movie made is famously hard, and Salle has managed it. What’s more, despite a modest budget, he has assembled a star-studded cast, including Griffin Dunne, Dennis Hopper, Rosanna Arquette, Ethan Hawke, John Turturro, and Christopher Walken. No less an eminence than Martin Scorsese played executive producer. These bankable names

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