The Loveless remains much as its title suggests – unloved and unknown outside a core few who consider it an amazing motorcycle film. The first-time feature for Kathryn Bigelow, who went on to earn two directing Oscars for her meditations on US/Middle East relations (The Hurt Locker and Zero DarkThirty), The Loveless bombed at theaters when released in 1981, but showcased Bigelow’s genius twenty years before the Academy realized who they were dealing with.
|Willem Dafoe on a c.1955 Harley Panhead 'Hydra Glide'|
|The Gang: Lawrence Matarese as LeVille, Danny Rosen as Ricky, and composer Philip Kimbrough as Hurley|
|The late NYC novelist Tina L'Hotsky as Sportster Debbie: 'Do I look affected?'|
|Prison habits die hard; Willem Dafoe (Vance) and Marin Kanter (Telena) get to know each other in the Notell Motel|
|A Coke, but no smile? Iconic American symbols saturate the film, and rockabilly legend Robert Gordon provides much of the soundtrack|
|Robert Gordon goes ape shit as Davis|
|Veteran character actor J.Don Ferguson as Tarver: 'We all got to get some on us, sometime'|