PRINT May 2007



“BUT HOW EXACTLY did they do it?” more than a few people asked after seeing, or just hearing about, Robinson Devor’s Zoo, which premiered in the documentary competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and just opened in New York theaters. It seemed to me then (and still does, now that I’ve seen Zoo several times) that if one is going to make a film based on a true story of a man who was fucked to death by a horse, one is obliged at some point to confront, if not in photographic images then at least in words or diagrams, the nuts and bolts of what takes place in the copulation of an average-size guy and an Arabian stallion many times his weight and considerably taller, not to mention the length of—well, you know. One must also consider the very real—not merely demagogic—social, psychological, and ethical questions bestiality poses. Devor and co-screenwriter Charles

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