“In the tradition of many films before Shame, Brandon’s yuppie status exists solely to justify swanky surroundings, and thus accommodate stunning cinematography. Otherwise, his estimated $1,500-a-week prostitution habit (with a dash of cocaine) doesn’t burden his bank account. If it does, Brandon isn’t concerned. And why should he be? The movie’s gorgeous!”
In this essay for RogerEbert.com, I discuss the prudish nature of the movie Shame.