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sovay ([personal profile] sovay) wrote2017-08-31 11:56 pm

But you're just sitting there waiting for Joan Crawford to put on her black cowboy shirt again

I spent last night in Providence with [livejournal.com profile] greygirlbeast and [livejournal.com profile] humglum; returned early this afternoon for a doctor's appointment and for [personal profile] rushthatspeaks' birthday observed, which was celebrated primarily with a chocolate cake frosted with blue roses which [personal profile] gaudior had procured from Lyndell's, watching Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's The Celluloid Closet (1995), ordering takeout from Mary Chung's, and meeting [personal profile] spatch to spend the remainder of the evening at the speakeasy arcade behind Roxy's Grilled Cheese. I played pinball, skeeball, and Tetris, drank something which was too sweet for my tastes but had a flower and a paper umbrella in it, and have an even longer list of movies with queer content to watch than I started the day with, plus a couple, inevitably, to avoid with tongs. I ate suan la chow show with shrimp. I watched both of my partners play Guitar Hero. I turn out not to be terrible at Tetris. I am extraordinarily tired, but this was a good note for August to go out on. Maybe September (hah) will include sleep.
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[personal profile] thawrecka 2017-09-01 10:01 am (UTC)(link)
What did you think of The Celluloid Closet now that you've seen it?
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[personal profile] thawrecka 2017-09-01 11:39 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm glad you got something from it. 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.

the gun-handling scene between Montgomery Clift and John Ireland in Red River (1948) convinced me that I need to watch that thing stat

I first encountered talk about that scene in the readings for my Westerns class some years ago; many movies have been sold to me as stunningly homoerotic, many of which I think are not so, 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.
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[personal profile] thawrecka 2017-09-02 12:03 am (UTC)(link)
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!

That would be awesome. Such things may exist but I have also not stumbled upon them. I have seen discussion of the film Brokeback Mountain in a book about gay literature (but not the short story, for some reason), but mostly in the context of it being made by and effectively for straight people to talk about the perceived tragedy of queer lives (it's been a while since I've read the Cambridge Companion to American Gay and Lesbian Literature but I pretty much agree with its thoughts on Brokeback Mountain). I may have seen a couple of books about New Queer Cinema for sale on Amazon, but I've been on a book buying drought - here's hoping I can find something similar at the library at some point.

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

I hope you like it!