sovay: (Jonathan & Dr. Einstein)
sovay ([personal profile] sovay) wrote 2017-09-01 11:54 pm (UTC)

I'm glad you got something from it.

I thought I would. It's not a fault in the movie that I sort of wound up coming at the same material in a roundabout fashion on my own time, but I think it speaks well of the movie that it was still an enjoyable, thought-provoking, occasionally scarring experience full of clips I hadn't seen and quotations I hadn't heard: it holds up. (I know Vito Russo had died by the time the film was made, but I'm really glad they got Quentin Crisp.) What I really want now is a kind of sequel looking at queer representation in film since 1995 and I would not mind, either, a similar look at queer representation explicitly by queer filmmakers, since in The Celluloid Closet what they're looking at is the studio system and most queer creators were as much between the lines as their characters. These books and/or documentaries may exist! I just haven't done any research since last night.

I first saw it in the 90s on the local multicultural channel, when I was avoiding homework, and it opened up a whole new world for me.

I think if I'd seen it in the '90's it would have changed my brain.

so at first I dismissed it as critics making homoeroticism out of nothing - and then I saw it. It really is amazingly homoerotic. Also, a really lovely film. Also stars John Wayne and Walter Brennan, directed by Howard Hawks, a genuinely delightful film that I would consider among my all time favourites.

Oh, wonderful. I have ordered a copy through the local library and will endeavor to report back when it arrives.

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