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The Center of the World

The Center of the World
Directed by Wayne Wang
Produced by Wayne Wang
Peter Newman
Written by Wayne Wang
Miranda July
Starring Peter Sarsgaard
Molly Parker
Cinematography Mauro Fiore
Edited by Lee Percy
Release dates
  • April 19, 2001 (2001-04-19)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Center of the World is an American film directed by Wayne Wang, which was digitally shot and released in 2001. It stars Peter Sarsgaard as a Dot-com millionaire who hires a drummer/stripper (Molly Parker) to stay with him in Las Vegas for three days for US$10,000. The film was screened out of competition at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Reception 3
  • Notes 4
  • External links 5


A couple checks into a suite in Las Vegas. In flashbacks we see that he's a computer whiz on the verge of becoming a millionaire (

External links

  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Center of the World". Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  2. ^


The film's title may be an allusion to Courbet's L'Origine du monde.[2]

The film opened to mixed reviews, and has been compared to movies with similar "hooker in love" storylines such as Exotica and Pretty Woman. The Center of the World is more explicit than those films, containing both female and male full frontal nudity, as well as a penetration shot of a lollipop in a vagina.


  • Internet executive Jason Calacanis consulted on, and appeared in, the film.
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