Christmas U.S.A (1949) Dir: Gregory J Markopoulos
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Christmas U.S.A (1949) Dir: Gregory J Markopoulos

Christmas U.S.A is a work of utter privacy, operating, thriving in a filmic universe of unnoticed corners, secluded rooms, forests and darkly lit row houses, even the outside world seems filtered through the eyes of a lingering phantom. Gregory J Markopoulos might be Queer cinemas most elusive phantom of them all. An Ohioan born in … Continue reading

Five Films Starring Judy Garland (that you were afraid to watch)
Film Criticism / Film History / Film Theory / Gay History / Gay Studies / Judy Garland / List-o-rama

Five Films Starring Judy Garland (that you were afraid to watch)

Judy has gotten a bad rap as time goes by. She has, and always will be one of the most potent cult figures in Gay history, a fact that has cast over gay culture, and all American pop culture, like a long and sinister statue. Saint Judy, we think we know her all too well, … Continue reading

Queer Cinema Japan: An Actors Revenge
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Queer Cinema Japan: An Actors Revenge

Queer Cinema Japan is a Continuing Series on Cinema Homosexualis. (雪之丞変化) An Actors Revenge, sometimes known in English as Revenge of a Kabuki Actor,  was a film of little significance when it was produced in 1963. Director Kon Ichikawa was forced to direct it by the powers that be at Daiei Studios after a string of … Continue reading

Queer Wonderlands on Film: Desperate Living and The Wizard of Oz as LGBTQ Narrative
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Queer Wonderlands on Film: Desperate Living and The Wizard of Oz as LGBTQ Narrative

The Wizard of Oz is the story of a Kansas girl swept away to the magical Land of Oz filled with flying monkeys, talking lions and a Wicked Witch. Desperate Living is a film about a mentally insane housewife who murders her husband, ending up in the land of Mortville filled with criminals, lesbians, and … Continue reading

A Séance for Jack Smith
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A Séance for Jack Smith

“Burn everything”, he said over and over. “I’ve lived my life in obscurity, now I’m dying in obscurity.”  “But Jack”, I pleaded, “The world needs your work.”  ‘”The world never helped me!” He screamed.  “But Jack! What about all the people who never hurt you? What about the future?” I countered.  “The future? The future? … 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