The Complicated Legacy of “Shortbus,” The Sex-Club Cult Film With a Heart of Gold

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By Charles Bramesco The job of the director ultimately boils down to creative problem-solving. When something’s going wrong or not working on set, it falls to the director to pool wits with the crew and devise an on-the-fly solution. It’s just that these responsibilities usually do not extend to figuring out the mechanics of how to masturbate into one’s own mouth. John Cameron Mitchell’s 2006 film Shortbus — which comes back to theaters this week in a 4K restoration commemorating the original release’s 15th anniversary —opens in auspicious fashion, with wayward soul James bringing himself to a…

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