St. Elmo's Fire (The Peeled Man)

Institute History

  • 1981 Directors Lab


Set in the world of the Nevada desert whorehouses, this drama follows a man, who, in trying to understand his sexually chaotic wife, develops a friendship with a drug ridden and often defeated prostitute. What unfolds is an unusual triangle: a man trying to prove to one woman, benumbed by a harrowed life, that love is even possible; and to another, that a man can love a woman in the whole knowledge of her.


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