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Larry Clark's Another Day in Paradise

STOP THE PRESSES: Heroin chic is back! In his seductive new film, Another Day in Paradise, director Larry Clark revisits the midwestern subculture of junkies and petty thieves documented in his seminal photo-essay Tulsa (1971). But the territory Clark pioneered three decades ago isn’t as wild as it once was. After the strung-out look’s brief reign in the mid-’90s (when Tulsa was the unofficial primer for cutting-edge fashion photography), what had once been alien and dangerous became just another disposable marketing pose. And there’s the rub: The specter of heroin chic haunts Paradise, which is undermined by a nagging sense that we’ve seen this all before. Gorgeous kids strung out in a fabulously tacky ’70s motel room? Wasn’t that an Ellen Von Unwerth spread in W?

Based on the novel by Eddie Little, Another Day in Paradise follows the exploits of a small band of charming, smack-addicted

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