Some day, someone will have to write the story of all the iconic actors who played queer characters in remarkable films quietly swept under the carpet: Robert Redford, Farrah Fawcet, Don Johnson, Stéphane Audran, Marcello Mastroianni… Here’s two, in the same film! Christopher Reeves (Yes! Superman!) has never been more disarming, and Michael Caine has never been more villanous. One of the strangest gay comedies ever made, it has to be one of the coldest. This black comedy may be absolutely hilarious, but it gives a portrait of rivalry and greed among writers, that is as sharp as a serpent’s tooth. The acting is sublime – Dyan Cannon (Dyan Who?) is magnificent. Jay Preston Allen, the scriptwriter of the queer classic Cabaret, wrote this adaptation of the original play by Ira Levin. Watch out for the narky camp nutter neighbour, involved in stealing a script, who cant write to save her life. Some twist.
INTRO. SEASON 9: OFF THE WALL!
Queer films have been thrilling and enlightening audiences since the prehistory of cinema (two women kissing in 1888 in Muibridge’s Plate 444, or two men dancing together in 1895 in Dickson’s Experimental Sound Film), and will continue to do so in the future of cinema (see Ximena Cuevas’ experimental lesbian videoart, or Yobert Yang’s cottaging simulation videogame The Tearoom, of 2017). Queer-friendly and LGBTQ filmmakers have made movies in every genre: romance, documentary, thriller, fantasy, drama, adventure, horror, musical. AND they have also made movies that are impossible to classify… Because they don’t want to be classified. Because they rather invent their own genres. Because they want to use a secret code. Because they don’t care if they’re seen as camp, mad, fab, or ‘gas’. The word “queer” originally meant ‘weird’. Join us as we celebrate the weird and wonderful and forgotten heritage of unclassifiable queer films. Unique propositions, with just one thing in common: a touch of divine madness.
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