The bizarre hallucinations of a heroin addict in withdrawal provide the basis for this unstructured, autobiographical film by director Conrad Rooks. It begins as he arrives strung-out in Paris for a sleep-cure. As the strange visions begin, the story jumps haphazardly between reality and his dream-world memories of growing up in Chappaqua, New York. The score was composed and played by sitarist Ravi Shankar.
After a sojourn in Mexico, undergrad Gnossos Pappadopoulis comes back to his college where, at the close of the 1950s, he partakes in the staples of the burgeoning counterculture movement: drugs, casual sex and radical politics. After Gnossos thumbs his nose at everything from the campus fraternities to the ideas espoused by his professors, he decides to leave school and head for Cuba with a friend. There, he once again struggles with the excesses of his hippie lifestyle.
Upon arriving at an all-male brothel where he is welcomed as a regular, controversial Irish scribe Oscar Wilde is treated to a surprise performance of his recently banned work of theater, “Salome.” As a group of prostitutes runs through a bizarre and bawdy version of the play — which retells the story of Herod, his daughter and the execution of John the Baptist — Wilde responds to the sexual advances of a handsome young man.
In the swinging sixties three girls discover they have the same boyfriend who has been playing around with them all while vowing fidelity to each. To teach him a lesson he won’t forget, the trio contrive to lock him up and continually favour him with their attentions in turn.
“Heat” is a parody of “Sunset Boulevard.” Joey Davis, an unemployed ex-child actor, uses sex to get his landlady, Lydia, to reduce his rent, and then tries to exert his influence on Sally Todd, who is now washed-up and wasn’t even more than slightly important at the height of her career. Sally tries to help Joey, until he realizes that she just isn’t well-connected enough to be of any service to him. The affair is complicated by Sally’s psychotic, maybe-lesbian-or-maybe-not daughter Jessica, who tries to muscle in on her mother’s relationship with Joey.