Morrissey in Overview by Robert Curry
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Morrissey in Overview by Robert Curry

I have loved the cinema of Paul Morrissey longer than I have most filmmakers.  He has always been a fascinating figure to me.  When I happened to have a very long and personal conversation with him this passed September, I decided to pen my own informal history of his work.  The quotes in this piece … Continue reading

Queer Cinema Japan: Funeral Parade of Roses
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Queer Cinema Japan: Funeral Parade of Roses

Queer Cinema Japan is a Continuing Series on Cinema Homosexualis.  Funeral Parade of Roses (薔薇の葬列, Bara no Sōretsu) was the first approved Japanese film to portray homosexuality. Released in 1969  and apparently expected to be a commercial release, this was Experimental film-maker Shuji Matsumoto’s first full length feature, and as far from the commercial drudgery … Continue reading

Paranoid Wonderland: Fantasy as Fears Past and Present in ‘The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T’
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Paranoid Wonderland: Fantasy as Fears Past and Present in ‘The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T’

Beginning’s and endings  make or break a film, perhaps explaining The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T’s confusing start. The transition between dream and reality is decidedly uneasy, beginning with a bizarre chase scene with painted green men in fuzzy suits and butterfly nets pursuing our young hero. Why this proves an efficient beginning is bizarre … Continue reading