Queer Cinema/Representation of Gay, Lesbian,
and Transgendered People in Film and TV











Gay Men in Motion Pictures

Lesbians in Motion Pictures

Transgendered Characters in the Movies

Cross-dressing/drag/gender Confusion

Movies Featuring Women's Roles Played by Men/Men's Roles Played by Women

Documentaries about LGBT Representations in the Movies

Hazel Freeman's International Transgender Film Guide

Bibliography of relevant books and articles in UCB libraries

Movies, TV, and Miscellaneous

Gay Men in the Movies

Adventures of Felix (Drole de Felix) (France, 2000)
Directors, Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau. Cast: Sami Bouajila, Patachou, Ariane Ascaride, Pierre-Loup Rajot, Charly Sergue, Maurice Benichou. This French comedy-drama features Felix, an unemployed, gay Frenchman of Arab descent, who has a series of adventures during a trek through the French countryside. The film examines the familiar theme of a man's search for his identity. Felix is forced toconfront the anger he feels toward his father forabandoning him, and the fear and shame he feels, living as an outsider in a predominantly straight, Caucasian world. 95 min. DVD 1706
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Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. (Australia, 1994)
Directed by Stephan Elliott. With a contract to perform a drag show way out in the Australian desert, Tick, Adam, and Ralph each has his own reason for wanting to leave the safety of Sydney. Christening their battered pink tour bus "Priscilla," the trio heads for the outback and into crazy adventures in even crazier outfits. 102 min. DVD 2204
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Algie, the Miner(1912)
Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché "A gay-themed Western seems as though it could only be a 21st-century creation. But 93 years prior to Brokeback Mountain (2005), a gay cowboy named Algernon Allmore was already pioneering that cultural frontier in Alice Guy-Blache's comedy short Algie, the Miner (1912).

Algernon (Billy Quirk) is an effete city boy who is required to go West and develop some virility before he can have the hand of his girlfriend in marriage. Technically, he is not a homosexual. This was 1912 and, even in the most forward-thinking film, some sexual orientations dared not speak their names. Instead, Algie's character is defined as gay through certain visual indicators of behavior and dress: his tendency to give cowboys kisses on the lips rather than slaps on the back, his bright and flamboyant Western wear, and a penchant for lace hankies and lip rouge.

In one of the film's more inventive uses of visual metaphor, Algie's masculinity is represented by the size of his firearm. When he first arrives out West, he packs a dainty silver pistol, but as he becomes acclimated to the rugged terrain, he begins packing a more butch six-shooter.

While Algie acquires the manliness required by his future father-in-law, a secondary character emerges as an unexpectedly compelling figure: Algie's bunkmate Big Jim. When Algie tearfully nurses Jim through a terrible case of the d.t.'s, we detect some depth in their camaraderie. After Algie valiantly saves Jim from armed bandits, the burly prospector forms a curious attachment to the transplanted Easterner. And when Algie announces his departure from the West, to return to his bride, Big Jim assumes a posture of childlike sadness. It appears that Jim, not Algie, is the more romantically inclined. That a film could develop a relationship so complex, poignant and utterly unconventional in a scant ten minutes is a testament to the talents of director Alice Guy-Blaché. ...

In conceiving the story of Algernon Allmore (the film has no credited writer, so we can fairly credit Blache with at least partial authorship), the director was probably influenced by the stories of Bret Harte. Greatly influenced by Charles Dickens, Harte wrote tales of rugged Westerners, and the stories were uncommonly tender -- often overlaid with shameless sentimentality. His short story "The Luck of Roaring Camp," for example, tells of a mining community's efforts to care for a foundling. Years later, John Ford and John Wayne would film a variation on the tale entitled 3 Godfathers (1948).

The triumph of Algie the Miner is not that Guy-Blaché made a Western with an evidently gay protagonist. Her true achievement was that she managed to tell this tale with broad comedy, without insulting its central character. Even more astounding, she wove into this cartoonish story strands of heartfelt emotional yearning that continue to resonate almost a century later." [Bret Wood, TCM]

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Barrios, Richard. "Silent Existences." In: Screened out : playing gay in Hollywood from Edison to Stonewall / Richard Barrios. New York : Routledge, 2003. pp: 17-18 (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA PN1995.9.H55 B37 2003)

All In The Family.
Producer, Norman Lear; director, John Rich. Cast: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers. Three episodes from one of the first sit-coms to take on controversial social issues. Judging Books by Covers: Archie ridicules Mike and Gloria's intellectual friend Roger for being gay, but he is straight as an arrow. Archie later discovers that his macho drinking buddy is gay and proud of it. (Also contains two other espisodes: Gloria discovers women's lib, and Gloria poses in the nude.) 1971. ca.75 min. Video/C 6897

And the Band Played On (TV, 1993)
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode. Cast: Matthew Modine, Alan Alda, Phil Collins, Richard Gere, Anjelica Huston, Steve Martin, Ian McKellan, Lily Tomlin, Glenne Headly, Swoosie Kurtz, Richard Masur, Saul Rubinek, Charles Martin Smith, B.D. Wong. Follows the struggle of a handful of strong-willed men and women who took on the fight to save lives in the face of a mysterious illness now called AIDS. Based on the book by Randy Shilts. 140 min. DVD X3661; vhs 999:969
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The Angelic Conversation (UK, 1985)
Directed by Derek Jarman. Cast: Paul Reynolds, Phillip Williamson, Dave Baby, Timothy Burke, Simon Costin ... [et al.]. Fourteen of Shakespeare's sonnets are taken as a basis for a rapturous celebration of homoerotic love in both its spiritual and sensual dimensions. Emotive readings of Shakespeare sonnets by Judi Dench. 78 min. DVD X59
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Derek Jarman bibliography

Angels in America (TV, 2004)
Directed by Mike Nichols. Cast: Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeffrey Wright, Justine Kirk, Ben Shenkman, Patrick Wilson, Brian Markinson, James Cromwell. Set in 1985, this made for television drama revolves around two very different men with AIDS. Roy Cohn, personifies all the hypocrisy, delusion and callousness of the official response to the plague. Nothing shakes Roy's lack of empathy: even on his death bed, he's fighting with his gay nurse and taunting the woman he helped put to death, Ethel Rosenberg. The other patient is Prior Walter, who is visited by an angel and deserted by his self-pitying lover, Louis. Louis moves on to a relationship with Joe Pitt, a Mormon lawyer whose closeted homosexuality drives his wife to delusions and brings his mother to New York. 352 min. DVD 2964
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[Anger, Kenneth] Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. I
Directed by Kenneth Anger. Contents: Fireworks (1947, 15 min.) -- Puce moment (1949, 6 min.) -- Rabbit's moon (La lune des lapins) (1950, 16 min.) / Puck Film Productions -- Eaux d'artifice (1953, 13 min.) -- Inauguration of the pleasure dome (1954, 38 min.). Music: Fireworks / Respighi ; Puce moment / Jonathan Halper ; Rabbit's moon (La lune des lapins) / the Flamingos ...[et al] ; Eaux d'artifice / Vivaldi ; Inauguration of the pleasure dome / Janacek. Fireworks: Kenneth Anger, Bill Selzer, Gordon Grey ; Puce moment: Yvonne Marquis ; Rabbit's moon (La lune des lapins): Andre Souberyan, Claude Revenant, Nadine Valence ; Eaux d'artifice: Carmillo Salvatorelli ; Inauguration of the pleasure dome: Samson De Brier, Cameron, Kathryn Kadell, Renata Loome, Anais Nin, Kenneth Anger, Peter Loome, Paul Mathison, Curtis Harrington, Joan Whitney. In Fireworks a dissatisfied dreamer awakes, goes out in the night seeking a light and is drawn through the needle's eye to return less empty than before. Puce Moment reflects Anger's concerns with the myths and decline of Hollywood. Rabbit's moon, a fable of the unattainable (the Moon) combines elements of Commedia dell'Arte with Japanese myth. Eaux d'artifice portrays hide and seek in a night-time labyrinth of levels, cascades, balustrades, grottoes and fountains. In Inauguration of the pleasure dome, members of a cult masquerade as gods and goddesses. Special features: Screen specific audio commentaries for all films by Kenneth Anger; Rabbit's moon outtakes; 48 page full color book featuring: an introduction by Martin Scorsese; Kenneth Anger's hand drawn sketches for the unrealized Puce Women project; excerpts from Anais Nin's diaries about making of Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome; rare behind the scenes stills and more.

In Fireworks a dissatisfied dreamer awakes, goes out in the night seeking a light and is drawn through the needle's eye to return less empty than before. Puce Moment reflects Anger's concerns with the myths and decline of Hollywood. Rabbitt's Moon is a fable of the unattainable (the Moon) combining elements of Commedia dell'Arte with Japanese myth. Eaux d'Artifice portrays hide and seek in a night-time labyrinth of levels, cascades, balustraces, grottoes and fountains. Kustom Kar Kommandos is a voyeuristic look at a tight-jeaned man polishing his car. Anger's short films represent a vision of "repressed homosexual desires, twarted in real life and painfully exorcized onscreen. Anger, a highschool student who had grown up on Hollywood's sanitized images, filled Fireworks with his hidden fantasies, complete with the bald sexuality inherent in the images of cowboys, test pilots and, in this case, sailors, images that dominated the dreams of millions." (Russo. The Celluloid Closet, p. 597-98) DVD 6870; vhs 999:1179

Kenneth Anger bibliography

[Anger, Kenneth] Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. 2
Scorpio rising (1964, 28 min.) -- Kustom kar kommandos (1965, 3 min.) -- Invocation of my demon brother (1969, 12 min.) -- Rabbit's moon (1979 version, 7 min.) -- Lucifer rising (1981, 29 min.) Scorpio rising: Bruce Byron, Johnny Sapienza, Frank Carifi, John Palone, Ernie Allo, Barry Rubin, Steve Crandell ; Kustom kar kommandos: Sandy Trent ; Invocation of my demon brother: Lenore Kandel and William, Kenneth Anger, Van Leuven, Harvey Bialy and Timotha, Anton Szandor LaVey, Bobby BeauSoleil ; Rabbit's moon: Andre Soubeyran, Claude Revenant, Nadine Valence ; Lucifer rising: Miriam Gabril, Donald Cammell, Haydn Couts, Kenneth Anger, Sir Francis Rose, Marianne Faithfull, Leslie Huggins. Scorpio rising: Brando, bikes and black leather. A high view of the myth of the American motorcyclist and the machine as totem from toy to terror. Kustom kar kommandos: A young man strokes his customized car with a powder puff. "Pygmalion and his machine mistress." Invocation of my demon brother: The Shadowing forth of Lord Lucifer, as the Powers gather at a midnight mass. Rabbit's moon: A fable of the unattainable (the Moon) combines elements of Commedia dell'Arte with Japanese myth. Lucifer rising: A film about the "love" generation, in which ceremonies are performed to make Lucifer rise. Lucifer is depicted as the bringer of light, God's beautiful but rebellious favorite, rather than the personification of evil. (In Special features) The man we want to hang: Kenneth Anger's film on the art of Aleister Crowley. Special features: Screen specific audio commentaries for all films by Kenneth Anger; 48 page full color book with written appreciations by renowned filmmakers Martin Scoresese, Gus Van Sant, Guy Maddin and others; extensive notes for each film, rare photos, and more. "The Man We Want To Hang" (2002, 12 min.), restored stereo soundtrack for Lucifer rising, alternate audio to Invocation of my demon brother, restoration demonstrations and more. DVD 8527

Kenneth Anger bibliography

Another Gay Movie (2006)
Directed by Todd Stephens. Cast: Michael Carbonaro, Jonathan Chase, Mitch Morris, Jonah Blachman. In this raunchy, spoof of gay teen movies, a group of high school grads swear they will lose their virginity before going to college. 92 min. DVD X1001
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As Good As It Gets. (1997)
Directed by James L. Brooks. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Skeet Ulrich, Shirley Knight. Melvin Udall is an obsessive-compulsive novelist with Manhattan's meanest mouth. But when his gay neighbor Simon is hospitalized, Melvin is forced to babysit Simon's dog. And that unexpected act of kindness-- along with waitress Carol Connelly-- helps put Melvin back in the human race. 139 min. DVD 7919
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Awards
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical

Dreisinger, Baz. "The Queer in Shining Armor." Journal of Popular Film & Television, Spring2000, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p2, 10p UC users only
McRuer, Robert. "As Good As It Gets Queer Theory and Critical Disability." GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 9.1-2 (2003) 79-105 UC users only

The Attendant(1993)
Directed by Isaac Julien. Cast: Thomas Baptiste, Cleo Sylvestre, John Wilson. This film presents the inner fantasies of an older black married attendant at a museum, who is obsessed by images of his homosexual desires. In his fantasies, the paintings on the walls of his museums, including Francois Biard's Scene on the Coast of Africa, are transformed into very erotic images of men being bound and whipped. 8 min. DVD 9610
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Christian, Laura. "Fanon and the trauma of the cultural message." Textual Practice; September 2005, Vol. 19 Issue 3, p219-241, 23p UC users only
Corris, Michael. "Heavenly bodies in motion: Isaac Julien's queer trilogy" Art/Text, November 1998/January 1999, Issue 63, p54-59, 6p UC users only
Freeman, Elizabeth. "Turn the Beat Around: Sadomasochism, Temporality, History." Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, Spring2008, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p32-70, 39p UC users only
Julien, Isaac. "Confessions of a snow queen: Notes on the making of The Attendant." Critical Quarterly, Spring94, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p120, 7p UC users only
Kauffman, Linda S. "Impolitic bodies: race and desire." In: Bad girls and sick boys : fantasies in contemporary art and culture / Linda S. Kauffman. Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, c1998. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only])
Orgeron. Devin. "Re-Membering History in Isaac Julien's "The Attendant"." Film Quarterly Jul 2000, Vol. 53, No. 4: 32-40. UC users only

Bad Education (La Mala Educacion) (1999)
Directed by Pedro Almodovar. Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Fele Martinez, Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Lluis Homar, Francisco Boira. Enrique gets a visit from his old school friend who has written a story about their traumatic childhood spent at Catholic school. In the story, a drag performer known as Zahara attempts to blackmail a predatory priest by exposing their scandalous past. But when the villainous priest from their school days arrives to tell his own version of events, the truth is wilder than anything they could have imagined. 105 min. DVD 3714
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Beautiful Thing (UK, 1996)
Directed by Hettie Macdonald. Cast: Linda Henry, Glen Berry, Scott Neal, Tameka Empson, Ben Daniels. Set in London's lower class suburbs, this is the story of a teenager who has discovered that he's gay and his love for another teenager who lives next door. Based on the play by Jonathan Harvey. 90 min. DVD X6156
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Before I Forget (Avant que j'oublie) (France, 2007)
Directed by Jacques Nolot. Cast: Jacques Nolot, Jean-Pol Dubois, Marc Rioufol, Bastien d'Asnières, Gaetano Weysen-Volli. A tale of a downward spiraling gay gigolo, struggling to cope with his advancing age, poverty, loneliness, writers block, and the increasing complications of HIV disease. Ultimately, he must face his inner demons in order to be free of them. 108 min. DVD X5278
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Romney, Jonathan. "Before I forgot." Sight & Sound, Jun2009, Vol. 19 Issue 6, p47-48, 2p UC users only
Williams, James S. "His life to film: The extreme art of Jacques Nolot." Studies in French Cinema, 2009, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p177-190, 14p UC users only

Before Night Falls (2000)
Directed by Julian Schnabel. Cast: Javier Bardem, Olivier Martinez, Andrea Di Stefano, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, Michael Wincott. A dramatization of the life of the poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas, from childhood in Cuba to his death in New York City. His writings and homosexuality got him in trouble with Castro's Cuba and he spent two years in prison before leaving for the United States. 134 min. DVD 1071
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Awards
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor (Javier Bardem); Freedom of Expression Award
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actor (Javier Bardem)
Venice Film Festival - Grand Special Jury Prize (Julian Schnabel); Best Actor (Javier Bardem)

Julian Schnabel (Indepependent View) - interview about the making of this film. Video/C MM100

Beginners (2010)
Directed by Mike Mills. Cast: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic, Kai Lennox, Mary Page Keller, Keegan Boos. A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover. 104 min. DVD X6886
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer)
Broadcast Film Critics Assn. - Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer)
Golden Globes - Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer)

Taubin, Amy. "Beginners." Film Comment, May/June 2011, Vol. 47 Issue 3, p66-67, 2p UC users only

Ben Hur. (1959)
Directed by William Wyler. Cast: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd. Screenplay by Gore Vidal. The story of a Jewish nobleman, set in the time of the Roman Empire and the emergence of Christianity. In discussing the rivalry between Ben-Hur (Heston) and his boyhood friend Messala (Boyd), Vidal has commented: "I proposed the notion that the two had been adolescent lovers and now Messala has returned from Rome wanting to revive the love affair, but Ben-Hur does not. ...I told Wyler, this is what's going on underneath the scene--they seem to be talking about politics, but Messala is really trying to rekindle a love affair..." (Russo, Vito. The Celluloid Closet. NY: Harper, 1981. p.54) DVD 3370; DVD X2000
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Devore, Gary. 'I'm Queer!' 'No! I'm Queer!': Hollywood Homosexuality and Roman Epic Films. Popular Culture Review. 10 (1): 127-38. 1999 Feb.
Petrikin, Chris. "Heston and Vidal Tell Conflicting Tales."(Charlton Heston, Gore Vidal autobiographies; the making of 'Ben Hur') Variety v360, n11 (Oct 16, 1995):8 (2 pages).

Bent (UK, 1997)
Director, Sean Mathias. Cast: Lothaire Bluteau, Clive Owen, Brian Webber, Ian McKellen, Mick Jagger. Pursued and captured by the Nazis because he is gay, Max is placed in a concentration camp where he pretends to be Jewish to avoid even worse persecution. There he meets another gay prisoner and learns a life-altering lesson about human love. 104 min. DVD 1719
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Seifert, Dorthe. "Between Silence and License: The Representation of the National Socialist Persecution 0f Homosexuality in Anglo-American Fiction and Film." History & Memory 2003 15(2): 94-129 36p.UC users only

Beyond Therapy (1986)
Directed by Robert Altman. Cast: Julie Hagerty, Jeff Goldblum, Glenda Jackson, Tom Conti, Christopher Guest, Genevieve Page, Cris Campion, Sandrine Dumas, Nicole Evans. A satire on modern psychotherapy about a confused, crazily neurotic couple and their not any saner analyst. Prudence is a conservative and slightly mixed-up young woman who thinks Bruce is crazy. Bruce is a bi-sexual who lives with his male lover and is crazy about Prudence. Based on the play by Christopher Durang. 93 min. DVD 2623
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Bike Boy (1967)
Directed by Andy Warhol. Cast: Ed Hood; Brigid Polk (Berlin) ; Joe Spencer ; Ingrid Superstar ; Viva ; Anne Wehrer. "Sexploitation" feature film by American painter, printmaker and filmmaker Andy Warhol. Joe, a member of a motorcycle gang, encounters Andy Warhol's "superstars," who crack jokes at his expense in an attempt to deflate his machismo. In response he becomes more obscene and boasting, but ultimately, he cannot compete with the putdowns of the Warhol regulars. 96 min. DVD 4716
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Andy Warhol bibliography

The Birdcage(1996)
Directed by Mike Nichols. Cast: Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest. The story of a middle-aged gay couple's comic encounter with a self-righteously straight and conservative family. Armand and Albert reluctantly accept young Val's intention to marry the daughter of a conservative Senator, but when the fiancee's family comes to visit, the whole household is turned upside down. Based on the stage play La cage aux folles by Jean Poiret. 119 min. DVD 1614
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Black Sheep Boy (1995)
Directed by Michael Wallin. A voyeuristic self-reflective short centering on the pleasures and pitfalls of being attracted to much younger men. Fortyish Wallin films a series of young men (many of whom were enticed by Wallin from the streets) in erotic poses -- an alluring portrait of the fantasizer and the fantasized. 37 min. Video/C 9882
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Blow Job (1963)
Directed by Andy Warhol. Focuses in close-up on the face of a man in stages of sexual arousal. DVD 4714

Blue (UK, 1993)
Directed by Derek Jarman. With the voices of John Quentin, Nigel Terry, Derek Jarman and Tilda Swinton ; musicians. A year before director Derek Jarman succumbed fully to AIDS, he made his last film. In Blue, the color blue is all there is to see as Jarman tries to bring the audience into his vision-impaired world. Jarman offers his insights on life, love, disease, the meaning of art, and the symbology of the color blue over a blue screen. Actors, including Tilda Swinton and John Quentin, also read from Jarman's journals and poetry. 78 min. DVD X59
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Bollywood and Vine (2004)
Directed by Edward Jordon & Donald Farmer. Cast: Skye Aubrey, Jamey Schrick, J.R. Jones, Trish Dempsey. Bhuvan is a Hollywood bus driver obsessed with the idea of taking aging scream queen Delilah back home to Bollywood. When he finally meets her, he finds out that it is actually her son in drag. To help the romance, Delilah locks the two in the attic. 85 min. DVD 5349
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Boys in the Band. (1970)
Directed by William Friedkin. Cast: Kenneth Nelson, Frederick Combs, Cliff Gorman, Laurence Lukinbill, Keith Prentice, Peter White, Reuben Greene, Robert La Tourneaux, Leonard Frey. A heterosexual is accidentally invited to a homosexual gathering at a birthday party, and tension builds as tempers fray. Based on the play of the same title by Mart Crowley. The first Hollywood film in which all the principal characters are gay. Special DVD features: "Act one: the play" featurette; "Act two: the film" featurette; "Act three: 40 years of Boys in the band" featurette; feature-length audio commentary by William Friedkin. 119 min. DVD X822
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Making the Boys
This documentary "explores the drama, struggle, and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to successfully reach a mainstream audience. The boys in the band sparked heated controversy that still exists four decades later. Features anecdotes from the surviving cast and filmmakers." Directed and produced by Crayton Robey. 2011. 93 min. DVD X6719

Boys Shorts
Contents: Resonance -- R.S.V.P -- Anthem -- Relax -- Billy Turner's secret -- Dead boys club. Directors, Christopher Newby, Michael Mayson, Mark Christopher, Stephen Cummins, Laurie Lynd, Marlon Riggs.

Showcases six short films with gay themes produced in the 1990s. Resonance: an exploration of gay-bashing in the back streets of Sydney. RSVP: A powerful portrait of loss punctuated by the haunting voice of Jessye Norman. Anthem: A collage of erotic images that celebrates the lives of African American men. Relax: An elegant film about one man's fears regarding HIV testing. Billy Turner's Secret: An upbeat comedy about a young Black man coming out to his roommate. The Dead boys' club: A steamy tribute to the '70's world of promiscuity and disco balls from the perspective of gay life in the '90's. 1993? 119 min. Video/C 6226

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Evans, Greg. "Boys' Shorts: The New Queer Cinema." (movie reviews) Variety v352, n1 (August 16, 1993):40 (1 page).
Holden, Stephen. "Boys' Shorts: The New Queer Cinema." (movie reviews) New York Times v142 (Wed, July 21, 1993):C17(L), col 1, 12 col in.

Brokeback Mountain (2002)
Directed by Ang Lee; screenplay by Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana. Cast: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Linda Cardellini, Anna Faris, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid. It's 1963, a time in the United States when life was simple, straightforward and the lines between the sexes and sex roles were crisply drawn and severely delineated. Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist find themselves thrown together when they are hired to tend sheep in the remote area of Brokeback Mountain, Wyoming. Because of the job, the two are forced to spend many hours together alone in the wild. Ennis and Jack are inexorably drawn to each other through their proximity, loneliness and through a shared lack of tenderness and emotion in their lives and are emotionally, physically and psychically bonded to each other almost from the start. Based on the short story by Annie Proulx. 135 min. DVD 5386
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Director
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Director
Directors Guild of America
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture (Drama); Best Director
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Director
National Board of Review, USA - Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Director
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Picture; Best Director
Venice Film Festival - Best Director

Proulx, Annie. Brokeback Mountain : story to screenplay / Annie Proulx, Larry McMurtry, and Diana Ossana. New York : Scribner, 2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.2 .B75 2005)

Brüno (2009)
Directed by Larry Charles. Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten, Clifford Bańagale, Chibundu Orukwowu, Josh Meyers. As Brüno travels the world in search of fame, no one, whether they are celebrities, politicians or even terrorists, will be spared from his signature sense of style and his wickedly off-kilter manner. And, yes, they are all real situations. Prepare yourself for non-stop laughs and outright gasps when you experience the unforgettable antics of Bruno. 82 min. DVD X3038
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The Business of Fancydancing (2002)
Directed by Sherman Alexie. Cast: Kevin Phillip, Rebecca Carroll, Swil Kanim. Since their high school graduation, former Spokane Reservation best friends Seymour and Aristotle have taken different paths. Sixteen years later they are brought together following the sudden death of an old childhood buddy. 103 min. DVD 1675
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By Hook or by Crook (2001)
Directed by Harry Dodge and Silas Howard. Cast: Silas Howard, Harry Dodge, Stanya Kahn, Carina Gia. Shy's a handsome small-town loner who dumps his diner job and thumbs to San Francisco in pursuit of a life of petty crime. Along the way, he stumbles into the off-kilter Valentine, who is on a quest to locate his birthmother. An unexpected friendship sparks as they steal and grift their way towards understanding themselves and the crazy world around them. 95 min. DVD 3063
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Cabaret. (1972)
Directed by Bob Fosse. Cast: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey. Based on the musical play by Joe Masteroff, the play I Am a Camera by John Van Druten and Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories. An egocentric American girl, Sally Bowls (Liza Minnelli) dreams of becoming a star while working in a sleazy cabaret in Weimar-era Berlin. Michael York plays Sally's bisexual lover, Brian. DVD 339
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La Cage Aux Folles. (France / Italy, 1978)
Directed by Edouard Molinaro. Cast: Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Michel Galabru, Claire Maurier, Remi Laurent, Carmen Scarpitti, Benny Luke, Luisa Maneri. A farce involving a flamboyant homosexual couple's attempt to appear to be conventional parents in front of the prospective in-laws of the son of one of the men. The first mainstream box office hit featuring gay central characters. DVD 782
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Awards
César Awards, France - Best Actor (Michel Serrault)
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Film

Sikov, Ed. "Homosexuals, Bandits, and Gangsters: Gay Images in La Cage aux Folles." Cineaste, vol. 11 no. 4. 1982. pp: 30-35.
Tavernier-Courbin, Jacqueline. "La Cage aux Folles as Comedy of Manners: From the Play to the Film." Thalia: Studies in Literary Humor, vol. 7 no. 2. 1984 Fall-Winter. pp: 44-50.

La Cage aux Folles II (France / Italy, 1981)
Director, Marcello Danon. Cast: Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Marcel Bozzuffi, Paola Barboni, Giovanni Vettorazzo, Benny Luke. Continues the story of Albin and Renato, a gay couple who are proprieters of a transvestite nightclub. When Albin feels his attractiveness to Renato is waning, he sets out to make Renato jealous, with the disasterous yet hilarious result of embroiling them in a spy caper. 100 min. DVD 783
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Call Her Savage (1931)
Directed by George Abbott. Cast: Clara Bow, Gilbert Roland, Thelma Todd, Monroe Owsley, Estelle Taylor. A sexy Texas gal storms her way through life, brawling and boozing until her luck runs out, forcing her to learn the errors of her ways. Notable for featuring a sequence set in a gay bar--a cinema first. 68 min. DVD X1621
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La Captive (France / Belgium, 2000)
Directed by Chantal Akerman. Cast: Stanislas Merhar, Sylvie Testud, Olivia Bonamy, Liliane Rovere, Aurore Clement. Simon is obsessed with Ariane and keeps her as his willing captive. She tolerates his elaborate desires,his endless interrogations and surveillance. Still Ariane is able to maintain her own reserve of privacy, her own mental and physical freedom. Although often affectionate to Simon, Ariane prefers women and so leads a double life. But this only magnifies Simon's pain until his obsessive desires culminate in devastation and tragedy. 118 min. DVD 2321
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Caravaggio. (UK, 1986)
Directed by Derek Jarman. Cast: Nigel Terry (Caravaggio) ; Sean Bean ; Garry Cooper ; Dexter Fletcher ; Spencer Leigh ; Tilda Swinton ; Nigel Davenport (Giustiniani) ; Robbie Coltrane (Scipione Borghese) ; Michael Gough (Cardinal del Monte). A film based on the life and art of Caravaggio, the greatest Italian post-Renaissance painter. Caravaggio was the 'enfant terrible' of Italian Art and his short life, marked with extremes of passion and moral and artistic radicalism, ended violently. 97 min. DVD X59; vhs 999:2139
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Carrington (UK | France, 1995)
Directed by Christopher Hampton. Cast: Emma Thompson, Jonathan Pryce, Steven Waddington, Rufus Sewell, Samuel West, Penelope Wilton. The story of the relationship between painter Dora Carrington and author Lytton Strachey in a World War One England of cottages and countryside. Although platonic due to Strachey's homosexuality, the relationship was nevertheless a deep and complicated one. When Carrington did develop a more physical relationship with soldier Ralph Partridge, Strachey was able to welcome him as a friend, although Partridge remained somewhat uneasy, not so much with Strachey's lifestyle and sexual orientation as with the fact that he was a conscientious objector. Based on the book "Lytton Strachey" by Michael Holroyd. 122 min. DVD X2539
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Un Chant d'Amour. (France, 1947)
Jean Genet's story of male prisoners and a prison guard expressing self love and love for each other. Male homosexual expression is shown together with masturbation, sadism, and fantasy. 28 min. DVD X5120; DVD 5413; also on DVD 5797; vhs 999:1070
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Giles, Jane. The Cinema of Jean Genet: Un Chant d'amour / Jane Giles. London: BFI Publishing, 1991. (Main Stack PN1998.A3.G445 1991)

Adnum, Mark. "Un Chant d'amour." Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema. 27: (no pagination). 2003 July-Aug.
Barbaro, Fabrice. "Les idoles et la distance" (Un chant d'amour, Genet's only film) Cahiers du Cinema no435 Sept 1990. p. 74-5
Giles, Jane. "Un chant d'amour par Jean Genet" Artforum International v 26 Jan 1988. p. 102-6
Giles, Jane. The cinema of Jean Genet : Un chant d'amour / Jane Giles. London : BFI Publishing, 1991. (Main Stack PN1998.A3.G445 1991)
Oswald, Laura. "The Perversion of I/Eye in Un Chant d'amour." Enclitic, vol. 7 no. 2. 1983 Fall. pp: 106-115.

Chasing Amy (1997)
Directed by Kevin Smith. Cast: Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee, Dwight Ewell, Jason Mewes. A pair of comic book authors named Holden McNeil and Banky Edwards, who live in New Jersey, have been best friends since 20 years. They spend their time working in their studio, and in the evenings they are going out. But their friendship is about to be disputed for the first time in their life, when a beautiful young lesbian woman named Alyssa Jones enters their life and Holden falls in love with her. Now Holden has to deal with Banky's jealousy, and with his new girlfriend's very rich past. 113 min. DVD X5997
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Christopher and His Kind (UK, TV, 2011)
Directed by Geoffrey Sax. Matt Smith, Toby Jones, Imogen Poots, Douglas Booth. Based on writer Christopher Isherwood's critically acclaimed memoir, this adaptation gives a fascinating glimpse into the decadent and politically unstable world of 1930s Berlin. Arriving in Berlin from England when the cabaret scene is in full swing, he is launched into a thriving gay subculture where he meets Heinz. With Fascism rapidly rising Christopher returns to London with Heinz but is unable to prevent his return to Germany when his visa expires. 90 min. DVD X6577
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Colonel Redl (Oberst Redl) (Yugoslavia | Hungary | Austria | West Germany, 1985)
Director, István Szabó. Cast: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Gudrun Landgrebe.Colonel Redl is the latest movie version of an oft-filmed tale, based on a true story. Redl (Klaus Maria Brandauer), a poverty-stricken Ukranian of the early 20th century, laboriously works his way into the highest circles of the Imperial Austrian Army. Throughout his upward ascent, Redl is able to keep his homosexuality from becoming public knowledge. Because of his mastery of several languages, Redl is sent by Emperor Franz Joseph to spy on the Russians. Playing one country against the other, Redl enjoys the sexual and monetary favors from both sides of the espionage spectrum until word of his gayness leaks out and he is blackmailed. To pay off his accusers, Redl is obliged to increase his counter-espionage activities on behalf of the Russians. Finally trapped by his many deceptions, Redl is given the option of killing himself to save his honor. (Hal Erickson, All-Movie Guide) Based on John Osborne's play "A Patriot For Me. " (Grad Svcs XMAC.O81.P3 Modern Authors Collection [Non-circulating material]; Main Stack PR6029.S39.P3 1965; NRLF #: B 4 097 228. 144 min. DVD X4745; vhs 999:607
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
Cannes Film Festival - Jury Prize

Christensen, Peter G. "Szabó's Colonel Redl and the Habsburg Myth." CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture: A WWWeb Journal, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 1-10, 2006 Mar
Lorenz, Dagmar C G. "Ethnicity, sexuality, and politics in István Szabó's Colonel Redl and Mephisto." In: Insiders and outsiders : Jewish and Gentile culture in Germany and Austria / edited by Dagmar C.G. Lorenz Detroit, Mich. : Wayne State University Press, c1994. (Main (Gardner) Stacks DS135.G33 I48 1994)
Robinson, David; Hames, Peter. "Redl Ezredes/Colonel Redl: István Szabó/West Germany/Austria, 1984." In: The cinema of Central Europe / edited by Peter Hames ; [preface by István Szabó]. London ; New York : Wallflower Press, 2004. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1993.5.C36 C56 2004)

Coming Out (Denk bloß nicht ich heule) (East Germany, 1989)
Directed by Heiner Carow. Cast: Matthias Freihof, Dagmar Manzel, Dirk Kummer, Michael Gwisdek, Axel Wandtke. Against the background of the East German society's prejudice against homosexual relationships, Philip, a high school teacher with a pregnant girl friend, discovers he loves Matthias. This production, first and last DEFA feature film about homosexuality, had its premiere on the evening of the fall of the Berlin Wall. the 108 min. DVD 3759; also VHS 999:2571
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Common Ground (2000)
Directed by Donna Deitch. Cast: Edward Asner, Beau Bridges, Harvey Fierstein, Brian Kerwin, Margot Kidder, Dan Lauria, James LeGros, Brittany Murphy, Jason Priestley, Mimi Rogers, Helen Shaver, Eric Stoltz, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Steven Weber. Three short stories dealing with the theme of homosexuality. In "A Friend of Dorothy's," (written by Paula Vogel) a woman joins the Navy during the 1950's and discovers lesbianism. In "M. Roberts," (written by Terrence McNally) a teacher in a 1970's classroom struggles with his closeted gay status. In "Andy and Amos", (written by Harvey Fierstein) a father wrestles with his own emotional acceptance of a present day wedding between his son and another man. 104 min. 999:2877
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Costa Brava: (Family Album) (Spain, 1995)
Directed by Marta Balletbo-Coll. Cast: Marta Balletbo-Coll, Desi del Valle, Montserrat Gausachs, Josef Maria Brugues, Ramon Mari, Sergi Schaaff. Anna lives in Barcelona where she works as a tour guide to pay the bills. Her dream is to perform her monologue, Love thy neighbor, on tour with Another Stage, a gay and lesbian theatre company based in San Francisco. On one of her tours she meets Montserrat, a Jewish seismic engineer, and their adventures and misadventures shape this romantic comedy. 92 min. 999:3766
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Cruising (1980)
Directed by William Friedkin. Cast: Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen, Richard Cox, Don Scardino. Based on a series of grisly slaying that occurred in the sadomasochistic-heavy leather gay scene of Manhattan's West Village in the early 70's. Pacino plays an undercover cop assigned to penetrate this male S&M subculture. Dressed in black leather, gestapo cap and chains, he hopes to draw an attack from the psychotic killer by posing as a victim. 102 min. DVD 8990; vhs 999:1430
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Dakan (Destiny) (Guinea / France, 1977)
Directed by Mohamed Camara. Dakan is the first feature film on homosexuality from sub-Saharan Africa. When Sori and Manga tell their parents they are in love they try to "cure" their sons by separating them. Manga is even subjected to a traditional purification ceremony in his ancestral village. The two sons dutifully try to live heterosexual lives. Sori marries a village woman and Manga becomes engaged to a white woman but Manga and Sori inevitably reunite to live out their "destiny". 1997. 87 min. DVD 9529

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Death in Venice (Morte a Venezia) (Italy / France, 1971)
Directed by Luchino Visconti. Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Romolo Valli, Mark Burns, Nora Ricci, Marisa Berenson, Carole Andre, Bjorn Andresen, Silvana Mangano. In Venice on holiday, composer Gustav Aschenbach encounters a young Polish boy and becomes obsessed with him, a secret passion that will lead to his doom. 130 min. DVD 2976; vhs 999:1001
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The Delta (1997)
Directed by Ira Sachs. Cast: Shayne Gray, Thang Chan, Rachel Zan Huss, Colonious Davis. Set in Memphis, Tennessee the film focuses on Lincoln Bloom, an affluent white 17-year-old youth, whose surface straightness is a mask for an interest in gay cruising and peep-show sex. At an all-night movie house, Lincoln meets Minh, a twenty-something poor Amerasian immigrant, the son of an Afro-American soldier and a Vietnamese woman. Minh is openly gay and in love with Lincoln. They take a spur-of-the-moment trip down the Mississippi on Lincoln's father's cabin cruiser. But their romance is doomed because of the different ages, races, cultures and classes involved. 85 min. DVD 1325
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Der bewegte Mann (The Most Desired Man) (Germany, 1996)
Director, Sonke Wortmann. Cast: Til Schweiger, Katja Reimann, Joachim Krol, Rufus Beck. A comedy in which heterosexual Axel, having been thrown out by his wife for one more sexual escapade, ends up being taken in by two homosexuals, Norbert and Walter, who promptly begin competing for his favors. This leads to a number of comical misunderstandings, which play with heterosexual and homosexual stereotypes. PAL format. 93 min. vhs 999:3115
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The Detective (1968)
Directed by Gordon Douglas. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Lee Remick, Ralph Meeker, Jack Klugman, Tony Musante, Robert Duvall, Jacqueline Bisset, Sugar Ray Robinson. "Frank Sinatra gives a gritty performance in the crime thriller The Detective. When Teddy Leikman, the homosexual son of a politically connected department-store magnate, is murdered, detective Joe Leland (Frank Sinatra) is sent in to investigate. Leland drags in Teddy's psychotic former roommate Felix Tesla (Tony Musante) and forces a confession out of him; for his work on the case Leland gets a promotion, which troubles him. Afterwards, Norma MacIver (Jacqueline Bisset), the widow of a well-heeled accountant, comes to see Leland. Her husband was killed after falling off the grandstand at a racetrack -- but Norma thinks he was pushed. She asks Leland to investigate her husband's death. Reopening the case, Leland discovers that the police are opposed to him scratching around any further, and after an attempt on his life, he uncovers some startling evidence that may connect the two deaths." [All Movie Guide] Based on The detective novel by Roderick Thorpe. 114 min. DVD X2911
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Días de voda (Spain, 2002)
Director, Juan Pinzás. Cast: Javier Gurruchaga, Asuncion Balaguer, Comba Campoy, Ernesto Chao, Miguel Insua, Rosa Alvarez, Pilar Saavedra, Belen Constenia, Alfonso Agra. An ambitious writer uses sex to advance professionally, and becomes engaged to the daughter of a well established editor to further his career. His fiancee is the perfect bride awaiting her marriage day that she has dreamt of all her life, only to find herself suddenly faced with her partner's dark secret for everyone to see. 104 min. DVD 8607
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Different From the Others (Anders als die Anderen) (Germany, 1919)
Directed by Richard Oswald. Cast: Conrad Veidt, Karl Giese, Fritz Schulz, Reinhold Schunzel. Different from the others: A prosperous man encounters a sleazy blackmailer who discovers that he is gay. For its day, this film is an amazingly frank depiction of a homosexual relationship. Special features on DVD X756: Gesetze der Liebe: Schuldlos Geächtet! (40 min., 1927) ; Gefährliche Neigungen : Die Skandalgeschichte van "Anders als die Andern" (7 min., 2000).50 min. DVD X756; also DVD 3308; vhs 999:2252
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Grundmann, Roy. "Gay-Themed Films of the German Silent Era." Cineaste v. 31 no. 1 (Winter 2005) p. 63-6 UC users only
Guenther-Pal, Alison. "Sexual Reorientations: Homosexuality Versus the Postwar German Man in Veit Harlan's Different from You and Me." In: Light motives : German popular film in perspective / edited by Randall Halle and Margaret McCarthy. Detroit, Mich. : Wayne State University Press, c2003. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G3 L54 2003)
Steakley, James "Anders als die Andern" : ein Film und seine Geschichte Hamburg : Mannerschwarm Verlag, 2007. (MAIN: PN1997.A348 S74 2007)
Steakley, James. "Cinema and Censorship in the Weimar Republic: The Case of Anders als Die Andern." Film History, Vol. 11, No. 2, emigré Filmmakers and Filmmaking?. (1999), pp. 181-203 UC users only
Tropiano, Stephen. "Different from the Other(s): German Youth and the Threat of Homosexual Seduction." In: Youth culture in global cinema / edited by Timothy Shary and Alexandra Seibel. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.Y6 Y68 2007)

Different From You and Me (Anders als du und ich) (West Germany, 1957)
Directed by Veit Harlan. Cast: Paula Wessely, Paul Dahlke, Hans Nielsen, Ingrid Stenn, Christian Wolff, Friedrich Joloff, Herbert Hübner, Kurt Vespermann, Hilde Körber, Günther Theil, Paul Esser, Siegfried Schürenberg, Peter Nijinskij, Otto Graf, Hans Schumm, Marcel Andrée. Originally produced as Das dritte Geschlecht (The third sex) the German FSK wouldn't let the finished film pass so Arca re-cut the film, shot new scenes, re-dubbed others and changed the film's title so the film could be distributed. The plot concerns Klaus, a young man in post-war Berlin who is drawn to his friend Manfred and, under the encouragement of their acquaintance Dr. Winkler, explores the underground world of gay clubs and electronic music. His family begins to learn of his other life and do everything they can to set him straight. Special features: Szenenvergleich mit "Das dritte Geschlecht" = Scene-by-scene comparison with Das dritte Geschlecht (38 min.) ; Presse-und Aushangfotos = Press photos and lobby cards. 130 min. DVD X758
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Guenther-Pal, Alison. "Sexual Reorientations: Homosexuality Versus the Postwar German Man in Veit Harlan's Different from You and Me." In: Light motives : German popular film in perspective / edited by Randall Halle and Margaret McCarthy. Detroit, Mich. : Wayne State University Press, c2003. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G3 L54 2003)

Dog Day Afternoon. (1975)
Directed by Sidney Lumet. Cast: Al Pacino, John Cazale, James Broderick, Charles Durning. Based upon true events, a New York man and two accomplices are besieged in a bank with all the bank employees after his attempt to rob enough money to pay for his male lover's sex change operation goes awry. What results is a two day media circus in which his private life and the humiliation of the police is laid bare for the whole city. (from Internet Movie Database) 125 min. DVD 6355
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Awards & Honors
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Actor (Al Pacino)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor (Al Pacino)
National Film Registry Selection

Don't Tell Anyone (No se lo digas a nadie) (Spain / Peru, 1998)
Director, Francisco J. Lombaradi. Cast: Santiago Magill, Lucia Jimenez, Christian Meier, Carmen Elias, Hernan Romero, Giovanni Ciccia, Lita Baluarte. Based on the alleged autobiography of gay Peruvian talk show host Jaime Bayly, this is the story of Joaquin, a troubled youth from a well-to-do family in Peru, who must overcome the domineering influences of his macho, racist father and obsessively religious mother to discover his true sexual nature. 114 min. DVD 1358
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Doubt (Duda) (Philippines, 2003)
Directed by Crisaldo Pablo. Cast: Andoy Ranay, Paulo Gabriel, Raye Pumaloy, Jojo Nones, Larry Burns. Starring primarily nonprofessional actors and shot with a Sony VX camera, this is the first full length digital film produced in the Philippines. The story deals with the life of Chris, a young gay may who tries to settle down with one partner after a promiscuous sex life, but Chris' rather ironic jealousy and suspicions take a heavy toll on his life. 112 min. DVD 4357
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Drift (Canada, 2000)
Directed by Quentin Lee. Cast: R. T. Lee, Greyson Dayne, Desi del Valle, Sebastien Guy, T. Jerram Young, Jonathon Roessler. At his agent's party, Ryan, a young screenwriter and Joel, Ryan's boyfriend, meet Leo, an aspiring novelist and college student. When Ryan comes to believe that Leo is his soulmate he leaves Joel to get together with Leo and drifts into a love triangle filled with twists and surprises. 86 min. DVD 1261
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The Dying Gaul(2005)
Directed by Craig Lucas. Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Peter Sarsgaard, Campbell Scott, Robin Bartlett. "A powerful and seductive Hollywood mogul convinces an impoverished West Hollywood writer, whose lover has recently died of AIDS, to sell his autobiographical screenplay for big bucks. The writer, Robert, knows he'll have to make major changes in the script (like changing the sex of the dying lover). During the rewrite, the producer, Jeffrey, takes Robert under his wing, introducing him to his wife Elaine, herself a closet screenwriter. Jeffrey approaches Robert for sex and Elaine approaches Robert out of curiosity about his sex life in grief. The entangled triangle of relationships threatens more than the completion of a film script." [IMDB] Based on the play by Craig Lucas. 95 min. DVD X4613
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East Palace, West Palace (Dong gong xi gong) (China, 1997)
Directed by Yuan Zhang. Cast: Si Han, Hu Jun, Liu Yuxiao, Ma Wen, Lu Rong. This film focuses on a young gay Chinese writer, A-Lan who, being attracted to a young policeman, manages to have himself interrogated for a whole night. His life-story which he tells during the interrogation reflects the general repression of the Chinese society. The policeman's attitude shifts from the initial revulsion to fascination and finally, to attraction. 90 min. DVD 8948
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Edge of Seventeen
Director David Moreton. Cast: Chris Stafford, Tina Holmes, Andersen Gabrych, Stephanie McVay and Lea DeLaria. A gay teen finds out who he is and what he wants, who his friends are, and who loves him, in this tale set in middle America in the summer of 1984. Eric gets a summer job at an amusement park where he meets Rod. A puppy-love infatuation begins as Eric realizes that if he's falling in love with a male, he must be gay. 99 min. DVD 1377
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Edward II (UK, 1991)
Directed by Derek Jarman. Cast: Steve Waddington, Andrew Tiernan, Tilda Swinton, Nigel Terry, Kevin Collins, Jerome Flynn, John Lynch, Dudley Sutton, Annie Lennox. Edward II embraces the essential dramatic themes of passion, murder, and unrequited love. Steven Waddington plays the monarch as a man whose destiny hangs on his overpowering passion and lack of responsibility to the British throne. He rebuffs his wife, Isabella, lavishing affection on the handsome Gaveston -- a choice that ultimately seals his fate. Based on the play by Christopher Marlowe. 91 min. DVD X4268
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El primo
Directed by Nick Oceano. Cast: Daniel Martin, Manny Montana. Mark, a sheltered teenager, reunites with his tough older cousin Luis, who lives on the rough side of Laredo. Luis decides to break Mark out of his shell by taking him for a night out. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 16 min. DVD X4042
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Ethan Mao (Canada / USA, 2004)
Directed by Quentin Lee. Cast: un Hee Lee, Raymond Ma, Julia Nickson, Kevin Kleinberg, David Tran, Jerry Hernandez.takes him in. After being tipped off by his younger brother that his family is going on a day trip on Thanksgiving Day, Ethan asks Remigio for a ride to his family house to get some of his belongings. Ethan and Remigio break into Ethan's family house, but are caught in the act and have no choice other than to hold his parents hostage. In the following increasingly desperate hours, Ethan, his family and Remigio are forced to confront their unresolved conflicts between each other. As the tension between Ethan and his family escalates, their inner demons and family secrets unravel in this suspenseful drama. 87 min. DVD 5358
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Eyes Wide Open (Einayim Petukhoth) (Israel | Germany | France, 2009)
Directed by Haim Tabakman. Cast: Zohar Strauss, Ran Danker, Ravit 'Tinkerbell' Rozen. Aaron, a butcher and devout family man in Jerusalem's ultraorthodox Jewish community, has his quiet life interrupted when Erzi, a handsome, young Yeshiva student, happens on his shop. Intrigued by the young man, Aaron offers Erzi a job and becomes his friend and mentor. The two grow closer, and soon other feelings surface. As their forbidden sexual desire grows, Aaron begins to neglect his business and his family. When Aaron and Ezri begin spending time together, Aaron is quickly ostracized within the Orthodox community. But guilt, torment, and pressure from the community lead him to make a radical decision. 93 min. DVD X5051
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Farewell My Concubine (Pa-wang pieh chi). (China / Hong Kong, 1993)
Directed by Chen Kaige. Story that spans more than 50 years in the lives of two gay male actors at the Peking Opera and of the woman who comes between them. Also an absorbing drama of the period in Chinese history from the warlord era through the Cultural Revolution. 157 min. DVD 191
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Le Fate ignoranti (His Secret Life : "Ignorant Fairies") (Italy / France, 2001)
Directed by Ferzan Özpetek. Cast: Cast: Giorgio Gobbi, Cristiano Mancini, Marilena Paci, Stefano Accorsi. Antonia's husband is killed by a car and she learns he has been cheating on her with a man. Following her curiousity, she goes to see her husband's lover, Michele, and finds a huge apartment that he shares with gay and transgendered friends, leading her to a new world of love, friendship and sexuality. 106 min. DVD 2700
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Anderlini-D'Onofrio, Serena. "Bisexual games and emotional sustainability in Ferzan Özpetek's queer films." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film; 2004, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p163-174, 12p UC users only
Duncan, Derek. "Stairway to heaven: Ferzan Özpetek and the revision of Italy." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film; 2005, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p101-113, 13p UC users only
Kramer, Gary M. "Ferzan Ozpetek: His Secret Life." In: Independent queer cinema : reviews and interviews New York : Harrington Park Press, c2006. (MAIN: PN1995.9.H55 K73 2006)

Fearless Vampire Killers: Or Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck. (USA / UK, 1967)
Directed by Roman Polanski. Cast: Jack MacGowran, Sharon Tate, Alfie Bass, Ferdy Mayne. Two academics on a trip to Transylvania to hunt vampires attempt to rescue a beautiful damsel in distress. Features a spectacularly campy flaming vampire ("...so viciously stereotyped that Polanski should have called his film Dracula's Hairdresser [Russo. The Celluloid Closet, p. 54) DVD 8548
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Flaming Creatures. (1963)
Directed by Jack Smith. Sensual underground classic film which pushed the limits of its day while surviving attempts to censor its content, including a series of police raids, arrests, and court battles. "It may seem tame by today's standards, but it stretched the limits of its day. Campy and lavishly designed in its experimentalism, [Smith's] best know film, includes characters which cavort in a setting reminiscent of the court of Ali Baba, with a mood suggestive of the paintings of Heironymous Bosch. The film is a quasi-documentary of Androgynes and Transvestites in which flaccid penises and bouncing breasts are so ambiguously equated as to disarm any distinction between male and female. In Flaming Creatures, Smith manages to combine the ornate imagination of his youth with the realities of his adult fantasy." (from distributor's catalog) Video/C 3258
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Flesh (aka Andy Warhol's Flesh) (1970)
Producer, Andy Warhol; writer/director, Paul Morrissey. Cast: Joe Dallesandro, Geraldine Smith, Patti D'Arbinville. Joe, a bisexual prostitute, takes to the streets and meets an artist with elaborate and hilarious theories of body worship, a couple of transvestites, a dumb ex-girlfriend, and a friend whose armpits have been burned by a flame thrower. 90 min. DVD 6384

The Fluffer (2001)
Directed by Richard Glatzer, Wash West. Cast: Scott Gurney, Michael Cunio, Roxanne Day, Taylor Negron, Richard Riehle, Deborah Harry. A young filmmaker's obsession with a "straight" gay porn star who is in it for the money, leads him to work with the actor as part of the film crew. 94 min. DVD 3760
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Kramer, Gary M. "Richard Glatzer and Wash West: The Fluffer." In: Independent queer cinema : reviews and interviews New York : Harrington Park Press, c2006. (MAIN: PN1995.9.H55 K73 2006)

For a Lost Soldier (Voor een verloren soldaat) (Netherlands, 1992)
Directed by Roeland Kerbosch. Cast: Maarten Smit, Andrew Kelley, Jeroen Krabbe. A dramatization of the true story of a young boy (Dutch ballet star Rudi van Dantzig) who is passionately attracted to his handsome Canadian liberator during World War II. 92 min. DVD 7346
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The Fox (Candada, 1967)
Directed by Mark Rydell. Cast: Sandy Dennis, Keir Dullea, Anne Heywood. Sickly, chattering Jill Banford and quiet, strong Ellen March are trying, hopelessly, to run a chicken farm in Canada. A gentle but powerful man Paul Renfield who used to live on their farm returns and puts things in order. But his proposal of marriage to Ellen awakens the lesbianism dormant in the girls: Jill uses her weakness to make Ellen feel protective, and the women become active lesbians. Adapted from the novella by D.H. Lawrence. 110 min. DVD X6037
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Fox and His Friends (Faustrecht der Freiheit) (West Germany, 1975)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Peter Chatel, Karl-Heinz Bohm, Harry Baer. Fassbinder directs and stars as a gay lower-class carnival performer known as Fox the Talking Head, who strikes it rich by winning a lottery. His new found wealth attracts an upper-class lover, with whom he begins an ill-fated romance. German with English subtitles. 123 min. DVD 1195; vhs 999:1158
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Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Director, Jon Avnet. Cast: Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker, Cicely Tyson. A chance encounter in a nursing home leads to an unexpected friendship between a dowdy housewife and a spry octagenarian who tells her the story of a fiercely independent woman half a century ago, inspiring the housewife to change her life, often with hilarious results. "A story told in flashback about lasting female friendship and the specifically unusual food the main characters serve while running a café together. A slice of southern culture, with plenty of heartbreak and cultural oddities, that revolves around the preparation, serving, and consumption of food. Based on the novel by Flagg and the Ironside Café in Birmingham, Alabama, where fried green tomatoes are a menu staple and the secret, apparently, "is in the sauce."" [from Gastronomica: Food in Film] 137 min. DVD 1711
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Funeral Parade of Roses. (Bara no soretsu) (Japan, 1969)
Director: Toshio Matsumoto. Eddie and the transvestite Leda both have sexual designs on bar manager and drug dealer Gonda. Gonda fears Leda will expose him to the police if he does not give in to his advances. When Leda commits suicide, Eddie and Gonda are free to engage in their homosexual yearnings for each other. When Gonda discovers he is Eddie's father, he kills himself with a knife. A distraught Eddie uses the same knife to cut his own eyes. Special DVD features on DVD 8460: Full length audio commentary by the director Toshio Matsumoto ; video interview wih director Toshio Matsumoto ; promotional material gallery and original Japanese trailer ; 40-page book with new essays by Jim O'Rourke and Roland Domenig. 107 min. DVD 8460; DVD 3515
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The Gay Deceivers (1969)
Directed by Bruce Kessler. Cast: Kevin Coughlin, Lawrence P. Casey, Brooke Bundy, Jo Ann Harris, Michael Greer, Jack Starrett. Two straight buddies lead their draft board to believe they are gay in order to avoid Army service, but the recruiting officer doesn't fully buy their story. The two men go to a ribald victory celebration with their girlfriends, but discover the Army is spying on them and they realize that if they are going to pull off their hoax they are going to have to swear off women and move into a gay apartment complex. Special features: "From race cars to gay bars" interview with director Bruce Kessler; still gallery; radio spot. 91 min. DVD X2686
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Gods and Monsters (1988)
Directed by Bill Condon. Cast: Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave. It's 1957 and Hollywood horror director James Whale's heyday as the director of "Frankenstein," "Bride of Frankenstein" and "The Invisible Man" is long behind him. Retired and a semi-recluse, he lives his days accompanied only by images from his past. When his dour housekeeper Hannah hires handsome young gardener Clayton Boone, the openly gay director and the simple yardman develop an unlikely friendship. Based upon the novel: Father of Frankenstein / by Christopher Bram. Includes documentary: "The World of Gods and monsters : a journey with James Whale" / produced and directed by David J. Skal and Sam Irvin ; written by David J. Skal ; narrated by Clive Barker. Special features: Directors's commentary with Bill Condon ; The making of Gods & Monsters -- Theatrical trailer. 106 min. DVD X1057; vhs 999:2598
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Goodbye Dragon Inn (Bu san) (Taiwan, 1989)
Director, Ming-liang Tsai. Cast: Kang-sheng Lee, Shiang-chyi Chen, Kiyonobu Mitamura, Shih Chun, Tien Mao, Chao-jung Chen, Kuei-Mei Yang. A Japanese tourist takes refuge from a rainstorm inside a run-down movie theater that is screening a martial arts classic, King Hu's 1966 "Dragon Inn." Even with the rain bucketing down outside, it doesn't pull much of an audience -- and some of those who have turned up are less interested in the movie than in the possibility of meeting a stranger in the dark. 83 min. DVD 7348
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Grief (1993)
Directed by Richard Glatzer. Cast: Alexis Arquette, Jackie Beat, Craig Chester. A witty, gay-themed comedy about the infighting among staff members of an offbeat television show called "The Love Judge." 87 min. 999:217
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Haman: Il Bagno Turco (The Turkish Bath) (Italy / Turkey / Spain, 1995)
Directed and written by Ferzan Özpetek. Cast: Alessandro Gassman, Francesca d'Aloja, Halil Ergun, Serif Sezer, Carlo Cecchi, Alberto Maolinari. Francesco travels from Rome to Istanbul to claim his inheritance and discovers that it is a decaying turkish bath in the city's ancient quarters. He is so taken by life in the city that he decides to stay and restore the hamam, a decision which opens up his life to an array of powerful new emotions. PAL format. In Italian and Turkish with English subtitles. 96 min. vhs 999:3046
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Anderlini-D'Onofrio, Serena. "Bisexual games and emotional sustainability in Ferzan Özpetek's queer films." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film; 2004, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p163-174, 12p UC users only
Cacoulidis, Cleo. "Steam: The Turkish Bath." Cineaste. New York: 1999. Vol. 24, Iss. 2/3; p. 96 (1 page)UC users only
Girelli, Elisabetta. "Transnational Orientalism: Ferzan zpetek's Turkish dream in Hamam (1997)." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film | Volume: 5 | Issue: 1 | Pps: 23-38 UC users only
Iordanova, Dina. "Whose is This Memory?: Hushed Narratives and Discerning Remembrance in Balkan Cinema." Cineaste; Summer2007, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p22-27, 6pUC users only
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Smith, Paul Julian. "Haman." Sight and Sound. Nov 1998. Vol. 8, Iss. 11; p. 52 (2 pages) UC users only

The Hanging Garden (UK | Canada, 1997)
Director: Thom Fitzgerald. Cast: Chris Leavins, Kerry Fox, Seana McKenna. William, a once obese and troubled teen, goes back to his family's home after being gone, without word, for ten years and finds it (and his family) haunted with his past. He had moved to the city and become a fit, well-adjusted gay man, but during his visit home, he becomes unhinged as the newly remembered reasons for his miserable adolescence come to life in each of their presents. 91 min. DVD X6526
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Awards
Toronto International Film Festival: People's Choice Award

Happy Together (Cheun gwong tsa sit) (Hong Kong, 1997)
Directed by Wang Chia-wei. A film about a pair of Chinese gay lovers living out the waning days of their relationship as expatriates in Buenos Aires. Lusty tango bars, the salsa music of the La Boca sidewalks, and a hypnotic visit to the nearby Iguazu Falls gives further dimension to the tensions growing between the two men. 97 min. DVD 909; VHS 999:2159
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High Art (Canada / USA, 1998)
Director: Lisa Cholodenko. Cast: Ally Sheedy, Radha Mitchell, Gabriel Mann, Patricia Clarkson, Bill Sage. Lucy Berliner, a once-famous photographer, experiences a revitalized career when she meets Syd, a beautiful young assistant editor for a prestigious photography magazine. Withdrawn from the art world, Lucy is reawakened by Syd who offers her the hope of escaping her drug-filled world. Before Syd realizes it, she is drawn into Lucy's seductive and dangerous mix and is forced to make choices she never imagined. 103 min. DVD 3535
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Hold Me While I'm Naked (2000)
Director, George Kuchar. Cast: Donna Kerness, Hope Morris, Steve Packard, Andrea Lunin. Sad but funny look at sexual frustration and loneliness. A blending of Hollywood glamour and drama with all too real life. It goes beyond the erotic into the world of the hyper-neurotic. 15 min. 999:627
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Allison, Deborah. "Hold Me While I'm Naked: Notes on a Camp Classic." Senses of Cinema
Finch, Mark. "George Kuchar: Half the Story." In: Queer Looks: Perspectives on Lesbian and Gay Film and Video.
Editors, Martha Gever, Pratibha Parmar, John Greyson. New York: Routledge, 1993. (UCB Main PN1995.9.H55 Q4 1993; UCB Moffitt PN1995.9.H55) Q4 1993
Kuchar, George. Reflections from a cinematic cesspool. George Kuchar and Mike Kuchar; introduction by John Waters. Berkeley, Calif.: Zanja Press, 1997. (Main Stack PN1998.3.K833.A3 1997)

Homer's Phobia (The Simpsons) (TV, 1997)
Voices: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer. Homer fears that Bart's masculinity is at stake when he suspects that he's being influenced by a flamboyant homosexual collectible store owner named John(Waters). All his efforts to show Bart how to be a man keep backfiring on him... or do they? See also: Wikipedia entry for this episode. DVD 6035 (disc 3)

Hustler White (1996)
Directed by Bruce LaBruce and Rick Castro. Cast: Tony Ward, Bruce LaBruce, Alex Austin, Kevin Kramer, Ron Athey, Glen Meadmore. A satirical comedy about male hustling in Los Angeles. Santa Monica hustler Montgomery Ward leads a lovelorn sociologist into the seedy underbelly of L.A.'s gay porn milieu in this blend of social satire, romantic comedy and graphic, unromantic sexuality. 81 min. DVD X5118
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Howl(1979)
Directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey. Cast: James Franco, Jon Hamm, Mary Louise Parker, David Strathairn, Jeff Daniels, Bob Balaban, Alessandro Nivola, Treat Williams. In this drama Allen Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs, and search for personal liberation that led to the most timeless, electrifying, and controversial work of his career. Pushing the limits and challenging the mainstream, the passionate and provocative Howl and its publisher find themselves on trial for obscenity, with prosecutor Ralph McIntosh setting out to have the book banned, while defense attorney Jake Ehrlich fervently argues for freedom of speech and creative expression. Based in part on "Howl and other poems" by Allen Ginsberg. 84 min. DVD X5204
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I Don't Want to be a Man (Ich mochte kein Mann sein: A Comedy in Three Acts)(Germany, 1920)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Ossi, a tomboy full of a fun-loving spirit, tired or being urged to behave like a "proper young lady," heads to a local men's store and has herself fitted for an evening suit. Soon she's out on the streets in top hat, white tie, and tails, her hair groomed like a boy's, she rides the street car, and goes to a ballroom where she's soon drinking champagne and smoking cigars, flirting with (and even kissing) her own guardian. 45 min. DVD 6815
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I Love You, Philip Morris (2009)
Directed by Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. Cast: Jim Carrey, Leslie Mann, Ewan McGregor. A true story of a spectacularly charismatic con man's journey from small-town businessman to flamboyant white-collar criminal, who repeatedly finds himself in trouble with the law and on the lam, all in the name of love. Steven Russell is happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life. Steven becomes open about his homosexuality and decides to live life to the fullest - even if it means breaking the law. Steven's new, extravagant lifestyle involves cons and fraud and, eventually, a stay in the State Penitentiary where he meets sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris. His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts Steven to attempt and often succeed at one impossible con after another. Based on the book of the same name by Steve McVicker. 104 min. DVD X5995
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I Shot Andy Warhol. (1996)
Directed by Mary Harron. Cast: Lili Taylor, Jared Harris, Stephen Dorff, Lothaire Bluteau, Martha Plimpton, Anna Thompson. A docudrama of the cultural whirlwind of events surrounding Valerie Solanas' shooting of pop-art superstar Andy Warhol. Solanis arrived in mid- 60's New York City with a single-minded mission: to spread the word on female superiority. She became a fringe member of the psychedelic entourage surrounding Andy Warhol but when her feminist zeal grew too bizarre and violent, even for this avant-garde circle, the consequences were explosive. 104 min. DVD 8552; vhs 999:1600
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In & Out (1997)
Directed by Frank Oz. Cast: Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Matt Dillon, Debbie Reynolds, Wilford Brimley, Bob Newhart & Tom Selleck. When a former student, now a moviestar tells the world during the Ocars that a high school teacher is gay, the man tries hard to assert his manliness. 93 min. DVD X5518; vhs 999:2014
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The Iron Ladies (Satree-lex) (Thailand, 2000)
Directed by Youngyooth Thongkonthun. Cast: Jessadaporn Pholdee, Sahapap Virakamin, Eckachai Buranapanit, Giorgio Maiocchi, Chaicharn Nimpoonsawas, Gokgorn Benjathikul, Siridhana Hongsopon. The true story of a Thai male volleyball team that competes in the national championships in 1996 with a team consisting mostly of gays, transsexuals, and transvestites. Explores issues that arise, but the team gradually melds into an impressive unit, emerging triumphant in match after match. 104 min. DVD 9253
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Jeffrey (1995)
Directed by Christopher Ashley. Cast: Steven Weber, Patrick Stewart, Michael T. Weiss, Bryan Batt, Sigourney Weaver, Olympia Dukakis, Kathy Najimy, Robert Klein, Christine Baranski, Nathan Lane. Disenchanted with the not-so-romantic side of safe sex, single and obsessive Jeffrey vows to become completely celibate. No sooner has he sworn off sex than he meets hunky, sensitive Steve. But just as passion starts to ignite, Steve reveals some earth-shattering information, leaving Jeffrey to choose between losing the man of his dreams or taking a risk on what might be true love. 94 min. DVD 1665
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Killer Condom (Kondom des Grauens) (Germany | Switzerland, 1996 )
Directed by Martin Walz. Cast: Udo Samel, Peter Lohmeyer, Marc Richter, Leonard Lansink, Iris Berben. Killer condoms are on the loose and after a close call Luigi Mackeroni is on the case. Will he be able to rid New York City of this evil menace? Based on the comics by Ralf König. 107 min. DVD X3975
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Kiss of the Spider Woman. (Brazil / USA, 1985)
Directed by Hector Babenco. Cast: William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga. A homosexual and a politically active journalist share a prison cell somewhere in Latin America. Molina and Valentin have only one thing in common-- they are both victims of society. This is the complex story of the relationship that develops between two men with radically different perspectives on life. Based on the novel of the same title by Manuel Puig. 119 min. DVD X636; DVD copy 2: DVD X192 (PAL region 2); vhs 999:224
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Actor (William Hurt)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Actor
Cannes Film Festival - Best Actor
London Critics Circle Film Awards - Actor of the Year
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor

Schrader, Leonard. Kiss of the spider woman : the screenplay / Leonard Schrader ; based on the novel by Manuel Puig ; introduction by David Weisman. Boston : Faber and Faber, c1987. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .K447 1987)

Lan Yu (China, Hong Kong, 2001)
Directed by Stanley Kwan. Cast: Hu Jun, Liu Ye, Su Jin. Chronicles the turbulent gay relationship between a closeted middle-aged businessman and a young college student amid the violent uprising of Tiananmen Square. 86 min. DVD 4316; or PAL format DVD 2791
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The Laramie Project (2002)
Directed by Moises Kaufman. Cast: Christina Ricci, Steve Buscemi, Laura Linney, Clea Duvall, Peter Fonda, Janeane Garofalo, Amy Madigan, Camryn Manheim. In October 1998 a gay man, 21 year-old Matthew Shepard was found savagely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in Laramie, Wyoming. Based on true events this docu-drama examines a town forced to confront itself in the reflective glare of the national spotlight, responding with love, anger, sympathy, support, and defiance. 96 min. DVD 1343
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Law of Desire (La Ley del Deseo) (Spain, 1987)
Directed by Pedro Almodovar. Cast: Eusebio Poncela, Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas. Satire about a gay porn director, his transsexual brother (now a woman living with her daughter) and their various liaisons, romantic double-crossings and sexual confusions. 105 min. DVD X4865; vhs 999:1466
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Leather Boys (UK, 1963)
Directed by Sidney J. Furie. Dot and Reg, a pair of British high school sweethearts marry and quickly learn about the follies and hardships of adulthood. When the couple splits, Reg finds solace in the company of his irresponsible pal Pete, but comes to discover that even this carefree friendship is not without its complications. 105 min. 999:2582
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"The Leather Boys." America; 12/11/1965, Vol. 113 Issue 24, p761-761, 1/6p UC users only
Griffith, Robin. "Sad and Angry: Queers in 1960s British Cinema." British queer cinema / edited by Robin Griffiths. London ; New York : Routledge, 2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H55 B75 2006)

Lieve jongens (Dear Boys) (Netherlands, 1980)
Directed by Paul de Lussanet. Cast: Hugo Metsers, Hans Dagelet, Bill Van Dijk, Albert Mol. An exploration of the problem older homosexuals have in holding on to their younger lovers, as exemplified by the sexual fantasies of a middle-aged writer and the young men who dominate his life. Based on: Lieve jongens by Gerard Reve. 90 min. DVD X4455 ; vhs 999:3797
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Like it Never Was Before (Pensionat oskar) (Sweden / Denmark, 1992)
Directed by Susanne Bier. Cast: Loa Falkman, Stina Ekblad, Simon Norrthon, Sif Ruud, Ghita Norby. The Runeberg family is an ordinary middle class Swedish family with a house in the suburbs, a car and three children. By vacationing in a rented house by the sea, the hope is that the tension and anxieties which exist between the husband Rune and his wife will disappear. However, instead of spending time with his family, Rune finds himself attracted to a young man. 108 min. DVD 2474
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Living End. (1992)
Directed by Gregg Araki. Cast: Craig Gilmore, Mike Dytri. Jon and Luke, a pair of young, HIV-positive gay men, find themselves bound together by circumstances and embark on a torrid love affair. Both are outcasts and running from the law. Jon's decision to end their odyssey across an existential America results in a violent, emotional showdown. 85 min. DVD X4310; 999:1637
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Araki, Gregg. The living end : an irresponsible movie ; Totally f***ed up : a screenplay / by Gregg Araki. New York : Morrow, c1994. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3551.R27 L58 1994)
Moran, James M. "Gregg Araki: Guerrilla Film-Maker for a Queer Generation." Film Quarterly Oct 1996, Vol. 50, No. 1: 18-26. UC users only

Lola und Bilidikid (Lola + Billy the Kid) (Germany, 1999)
Director, Kutlug Ataman. Cast: Gandi Mukli, Erdal Yildiz, Baki Davrak, Inge Keller, Celal Perk. Murat from Turkey, living in Berlin Germany, slowly discovers his homosexuality. His older brother Osman wants him to finally lose his virginity in a heterosexual manner thus causing Murat to run away. In a bar, Murat meets a tranvestite, Lola, and also Bilidikid, who thinks Murat is enamoured with Lola. Eventually Lola is revealed as Murat's actual brother disowned by Osman years ago. 93 min. DVD 722
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Burns, Rob. Turkish-German Cinema: From Cultural Resistance to Transnational Cinema?" In: German cinema : since unification / edited by David Clarke. London ; New York : Continuum, c2006. (Main Stack PN1993.5.G3.G359 2006)
Clark, Christopher. "Transculturation, Transe Sexuality, and Turkish Germany: Kutlug Ataman's Lola und Bilidikid." German Life and Letters, vol. 59, no. 4, pp. 555-72, Fall 2006
Hillman, Roger. "Lola and Billy the Kid (1999): A Turkish Director's Western Showdown in Berlin." Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 44-55, Winter 2006 UC users only
Kilicbay, Baris. "Impossible crossings: Gender melancholy in Lola + Bilidikid and Auslandstournee." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film 4 | Issue: 2 October 2006, Page(s): 105-115 UC users only
Kilicbay, Baris. "Queer as Turk." In: Griffiths, Robin. Queer cinema in Europe. Bristol, UK ; Chicago : Intellect Books, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H55 G75 2008)

Lonesome Cowboys (1968)
Written and produced by Paul Morrissey; directed by Andy Warhol. Cast: Viva, Taylor Mead, Joe Dallesandro, Louis Waldon, Eric Emerson, Tom Hompertz, Julian Burroughs, Francis Francine, Alan Midgette. Experimental film by painter, printmaker, and filmmaker Andy Warhol that satirizes the Hollywood western. Actors, clothed and unclothed, improvise a parody of standard cowboy behavior around the set of an "old west" town. 105 min. DVD X1745
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Long Day Closes (UK, 1992)
Directed by Terence Davies. Cast: Leigh McCormack, Marjorie Yates, Ase Owens, Anthony Watson, Nicholas Lamont. Terence Davies' follow-up to his Distant Voices, Still Lives follows a few months in the life of 12-year-old Bud, in impressionistic snatches of his everyday existence growing up in the Liverpool of 1956. Bud is a lonely and quiet child whose moments of solace occur when he sits in rapture at the local cinema, watching towering and iconic figures on the movie screen. The movies give Bud the strength to get through another day as he deals with his oppressive school environment and his burgeoning homosexuality. Extras include: full feature commentary with Terence Davies and Mick Coulter, on-set interview with Christopher Hobbs, behind the scenes footage of Terence Davies directing. 85 min. DVD X6270
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Longtime Companion. (1990)
Directed by Norman René. Cast: Stephen Caffrey, Patrick Cassidy, Brian Cousins, Bruce Davison, John Dossett, Mark Lamos, Dermot Mulroney, Mary-Louise Parker, Michael Schoeffling, and Campbell Scott. Drama concerning the AIDS crisis which focuses on a small group of friends from the time they first read about AIDS in the New York Times through the 1980's as they face the impact of the disease on themselves and their friends. Recognized as the first film to put a human face on the AIDS epidemic, 100 min. DVD X4271
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Love and Death on Long Island (UK / Canada, 1996)
Directed by Richard Kwietniowski. Cast: John Hurt, Jason Priestley, Fiona Loewi, Sheila Hancock, Harvey Atkin, Gavin Grainger, Elizabeth Quinn, Maury Chaykin. A chance encounter with struggling B-movie star Ronnie Bostock opens up a whole new world to buttoned-up British author Giles De'Ath. Focuses on the genteel obsession of an older man for a younger man. 94 min. DVD 4749
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Love Ltd. (2000)
Directed by Jennifer Phang. Cast: Lynne Bolen, Deondray Gossett, Keisuke Hoashi, Michelle Ingkavet, Dennis Lau, Emil Lin. Dinner at the Lee household becomes heart-wrenching when a gay sister and brother each try to come out to their mother. A story about coming to terms with one's sexuality...a family's inability to communicate and its inevitable consequences. 24 min. Video/C MM1125
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Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997)
Directed by Joe Mantello. Cast: John Glover, Stephen Spinella, Stephen Bogardus, John Benjamin Hickey, Justin Kirk, Randy Becker, Jason Alexander. Eight friends leave the city behind for three simple weekends of relaxation in the country. The host is a gay man and so are his seven guests. They love and hate, play and wrangle, kiss an carry on, are connubially devoted or brazenly promiscuous in this comic treatment of gay relationships. 120 min. 999:2016
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Macho Dancer (Philippines, 1988)
Director, Lino Brocka. Cast: Jacklyn Jose, Daniel Fernando, Princess Punzalan, Alan Paule. Abandoned by his American lover, a handsome filipino teenager from the mountains journeys to Manila in an effort to support his family. With a popular call boy as his mentor, Paul enters the glittering world of the "macho dancer" -- a world of male strippers, prostitution, drugs, sexual slavery, police corruption and murder. 136 min. DVD X1066; vhs 999:3520
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Mala Noche (Bad Night) (1983)
Directed by Gus Van Sant. Cast: Tim Streeter, Doug Cooeyate, Ray Monge. A romantic gay deadbeat finds he has a crush on a handsome Mexican immigrant. Unfortunately, the man speaks no English and finds him to be undesirable. Special features: New video interview with the Van Sant; Walt Curtis: "The peckerneck poet", a documentary about the author of the book "Mala Noche",directed by animator and Curtis friend Bill Plympton; storyboard gallery; original trailer, edited by Van Sant; plus, a new essay by film critic Dennis Lim. 78 min. DVD 9108
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Ein Mann wie Eva (A Man Like Eva) (West Germany, 1983)
Directed by Radu Gabrea. Cast: Eva Mattes, Lisa Kreuzer, Charles Regnier, Werner Stocker. Loosely based on the colorful, combustible life and career of German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, this film stars actress Eva Mattes in male drag as an obsessive, sadomasochistic movie director. Eva is currently working on a filmization of Dumas' Lady of the Camelias, and in so doing mercilessly uses and abuses everyone in "his" cast and crew and succeeds in driving everyone crazy -- and at least one person to suicide. 92 min. 999:2988
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Maurice (UK, 1987)
Directed by James Ivory. Cast: James Wilby, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves, Denholm Elliott, Simon Callow, Billie Whitelaw, Barry Foster, Judy Parfitt, Phoebe Nicholls, Patrick Godfrey, Mark Tandy, and Ben Kingsley. Set in pre-World War I England this film, based on the semi-aubiographical novel by Forster, concerns the coming of age of two young men who meet at Cambridge and fall in love. Maurice and Clive struggle with the desires of their hearts and the rigid constraints of British society. 100 min. DVD 9143
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Michael (Mikaël) (Germany, 1924)
Directed by Carl Th. Dreyer. Writers, Thea v. Harbou, Carl Th. Dreyer. Starring Walter Slezak (Michael), Benjamin Christensen, Nora Gregor. A great, aging artist succumbs to despair when the young model and pupil he adores leaves him for a woman. Although the story is discreetly played at a father/adopted son level on the surface, the homosexual subtext is quite clear in this early Dreyer film made in Germany. 92 min. DVD 3307; vhs 999:3466
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Grundmann, Roy. "Gay-Themed Films of the German Silent Era." Cineaste v. 31 no. 1 (Winter 2005) p. 63-6 UC users only

Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Directed by John Schlesinger. Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Brenda Vaccaro, John McGiver, Ruth White, Sylvia Miles, Barnard Hughes. A Texas "cowboy" takes a bus to New York in search of lonely, rich women who will pay for his sexual services, but instead spends a hard winter looking after a dying derelict. Vito Russo has commented: When buddy films returned in the late Sixties, the presence onscreen of homosexual characters was a perfect way of saying, 'Oh, no, /this isn't what we mean at all.' Homosexuals drew suspicion away from the buddies--it was yardstick time again." (The Celluloid Closet, p. 80-83) DVD 5254
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Awards & Honors

Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film; Best Direction; Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman)
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actor (John Voight)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actor (John Voight)
National Film Registry Selection

Midnight Dancers (Sibak)(Philippines, 1994)
Director: Mel Chionglo. Cast: Alex Del Rosario, Gandong Cervantes, Lawrence David, Luis Cortes, Richard Cassity, Danny Ramos, John Mendoza, Leonard Manalansan. Banned in its native Philippines, explores the complicated lives of three brothers all working as exotic dancers and prostitutes in a Manila gay club. 118 min. DVD 3758
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Milk (2008)
Director, Gus Van Sant. Cast: Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, James Franco. Profiles the life of Harvey Milk, a middle-aged New Yorker who, after moving to San Francisco, became a Gay Rights activist and city politician. On his third attempt, he was elected to San Francisco's Board of Supervisors in 1977. His election made him the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the United States. The following year, both he and the city's mayor, George Moscone, were shot to death by former city supervisor, Dan White, who blamed his former colleagues for denying White's attempt to rescind his resignation from the board. 129 min. DVD X1378
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Actor
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Picture; Best Actor
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award - Best Picture; Best Director

Black, Dustin Lance. Milk : the shooting script . / screenplay by Dustin Lance Black ; introd. by Gus van Sant. New York : Newmarket Press, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.2 .M52 2008)

The Most Desired Man (Der bewegte Mann) (Germany, 1996)
Director, Sonke Wortmann. Cast: Til Schweiger, Katja Reimann, Joachim Krol, Rufus Beck. A comedy in which heterosexual Axel, having been thrown out by his wife for one more sexual escapade, ends up being taken in by two homosexuals, Norbert and Walter, who promptly begin competing for his favors. This leads to a number of comical misunderstandings, which play with heterosexual and homosexual stereotypes PAL format. 93 min. 999:3115
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My Beautiful Laundrette (UK, 1986)
Directed by Stephen Frears. Cast: Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Daniel Day Lewis, Gordon Warnecke. Set in the Pakistani community in south London, the film focuses on two youths--Johnny, a working-class white, and Omar, a Pakistani. Together they operate a laundrette, which Omar inherits from his uncle. While Johnny looks upon the laundrette as a life line on which to salvage his self-respect, Omar sees it as just the beginning step on the road to riches. Based on Hanif's Kureishi novel (UCB Main PR6061.U68 M9 1996; PN1997 .M8871 1986) DVD 1635; vhs 999:431
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My Hustler (1965)
Directed by Andy Warhol. Cast: Paul America, Ed Hood, John MacDermott, Joseph Campbell, Genevieve Charbon, Dorothy Dean. Experimental film in which an aging "queen" on Fire Island has rented a weekend companion from "Dial-A-Hustler", only to compete with his male and female neighbors for the young man's attention. 70 min. DVD 4214
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My Own Private Idaho. (1991)
Directed by Gus Van Sant. Cast: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, William Richert, Rodney Harvey, Michael Parker, Flea, Chiara Caselli, Udo Kier. "In this modern restructuring of the 60's road movie, River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves hustle their way through Seattle, Portland, Idaho and Rome on a quest for River's missing mother. With a meticulous lyric style, the film combines sprawling landscapes, scenes of passionless sexuality, and allusions to Orson Welles' Chimes at Midnightas it addresses issues of love, family, politics, and homosexuality." (Facets, catalog 12) 105 min. DVD 8065
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National Society of Film Critics Awards - Best Actor (River Phoenix)
Toronto International Film Festival - International Critics' Award
Venice Film Festival - Best Actor (River Phoenix)

Mysterious Skin (1991)
Directed by Gregg Araki. Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brady Corbet, Elisabeth Shue, Michelle Trachtenberg. At age 8, Neil and Brian played on the same baseball team in their small Kansas hometown. Now 10 years later, Neil is a hustler and Brian a nervous introvert who believes he has been abducted by aliens. As their lives intersect, they discover a shared past shrouded in mystery. 99 min. DVD 4625
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Lee, N. "Mysterious Skin: Joao Pedro Rodrigues's Cinema of Carnal Transcendence." Film Comment v. 42 no. 4 (July/August 2006) p. 42-4
Moran, James M. "Gregg Araki: Guerrilla Film-Maker for a Queer Generation." Film Quarterly Oct 1996, Vol. 50, No. 1: 18-26. UC users only

The Naked Civil Servant: The Autobiography of Quentin Crisp (UK, TV, 1975)
Directed by Jack Gold. Cast: John Hurt, Patricia Hodge, Frederick Treves, Katharine Schofield, Frank Forsyth, Stanley Lebor. Based on Quentin Crisp's autobiography, this once-controversial picture stars John Hurt as Crisp, a flamboyant character who publicly declared his homosexuality during the brutally homophobic and misogynistic England of the 1930s and '40s -- a time when this alternative lifestyle was still an offense punishable by imprisonment in Great Britain. Special features: Audio commentary with John Hurt, director Jack Gold, and executive producer Verity Lambert; "Deja vu with Quentin Crisp": Quentin Crisp's observations on British and American culture. 77 min. DVD 8241
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Nicht der Homosexuelle ist pervers, sondern die Situation, in der er lebt (It Is Not the Homosexual Who is Perverse, but the Situation in Which He Lives)(West Germany, 1971)
Directed by Rosa von Praunheim. Cast: Beryt Bohlen, Bernd Feuerhelm, Ernst Kuchling. Credited with being a catalyst in the formation of gay liberation groups in several German cities, this politically charge drama paints an unflattering portrait of gay life structured around one man's sexual coming out and political maturation. As David begins the process of finding himself he uncovers the diversity and sordidness of Berlin's gay underground. He has his first affair, becomes involved with the "wrong crowd," visits numerous gay bars, and eventually settles down in an enlightened homo-hippie commune. Von Praunheim damns gay men's aping of bourgeois heterosexual society's values, painting a bleak picture of stereotypical gay men engulfed in a self-destructive lifestyle. Dubbed in English. 67 min, vhs 999:3472
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Noah's Arc: The Complete First Season (TV, 2005-2006)
Cast: Darryl Stephens, Rodney Chester, Christian Vincent, Doug Spearman, Jensen Atwood. Noah, a young African American gay man, and his friends attempt to find love and happiness in Los Angeles. Contents Disc 1. My one temptation, pts. 1-2 -- Don't mess with my man -- Don't make me over -- Nothin' goin' on but the rent -- Disc 2. Writing to reach you -- Love is a battlefield -- I'm with stupid -- Got til it's gone -- Disc 3. Special features. Special features (Discs 1 & 2): optional audio commentaries for every episode (various participants); original & extended versions of every episode (the broadcast version of each episode supplemented by deleted scenes, also available separately on disc 3). Special features (Disc 3, 90 min.): pilot episode ("Temptation island"); deleted scenes (59 min.); auditions (26 min.); "NewNowNext" featurette (cast members discuss their favorite musical groups, 5 min.). 200 min. DVD X2169
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Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom (2008)
Directed by Patrik-Ian Polk.. Cast: Darryl Stephens, Rodney Chester, Doug Spearman, Christian Vincent, Jensen Atwood. A theatrical release based on the television series Noah's arc. Noah gets ready to tie the knot, Ricky dates a young college student, Chance and Eddie see if the grass is truly greener, and Alex tries to plan the perfect wedding. 99 min. DVD X2170
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Otto, or, Up with Dead People (2008)
Directed by Bruce LaBruce. Cast: Katharina Klewinghaus, Susanne Sachsse, Marcel Schlutt, Guido Sommer, Christophe Chemin, Gio Black Peter, Kembra Pfahler, Jey Crisfar. A film about a zombie named Otto who hitched a ride to Berlin and begins to explore the city. Otto is discovered by underground filmmaker Medea Yarn, who begins to make a documentary about him. Otto discovers that he has a wallet that contains information about his past life, remembering details about his ex-boyfriend, Rudolf. He arranges to meet him at the schoolyard where they met, with devastating results. 94 min. DVD X3788
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Our Lady of the Assassins (La virgen de los sicarios) (Spain / France / Colombia, 2001)
Director, Barbet Schroeder. Cast: German Jaramillo, Anderson Ballesteros, Juan David Restrepo, Manuel Busquets. An older writer, Fernando, returns to his hometown, Medellin, Colombia. There he falls in love with 16-year-old assassin, Alexis. After Alexis is killed, Fernando hunts for his killer in the Medellin slums and falls in love with Wilmar, a boy who resembles Alexis. 101 min. DVD 2078
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The Outing (Seinfeld)(TV, 1993)
Cast: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander, Richard Fancy, Len Lesser, Wayne Knight. No thanks to Elaine, Jerry must work hard to prove he is straight when a college reporter mistakenly reports that he and George are gay, "not that there is anything wrong with that." Things really get out of hand when the article is picked up by the New York Post. Jerry ends up dating the college reporter to clear his name, but all does not go well. DVD 4044 (disc 3)

Becker, Ron. "Gay-Themed Television and the Slumpy Class: The Affordable, Multicultural Politics of the Gay Nineties." Television & New Media, May 2006; vol. 7: pp. 184 - 215. UC users only
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""Not that there's anything wrong with that": reading the queer in Seinfeld." In: Straight with a twist : queer theory and the subject of heterosexuality / edited by Calvin Thomas ; with the assistance of Joseph O. Aimone and Catherine A.F. MacGillivray. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2000. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS228.S42 S77)
Miller, Margo. "Masculinity and male intimacy in nineties sitcoms: Seinfeld and the ironic dismissal." In: The new queer aesthetic on television : essays on recent programming / edited by James R. Keller and Leslie Stratyner. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2006. (Main Stack PN1992.8.H64.N49 2006)

Parting Glances. (1986)
Directed by Bill Sherwood. Cast: Richard Ganoung, John Bolger, Steve Buscemi. The hectic rhythms of the Big Apple, a direct confrontation with AIDS and a relationship in its final stages are the focus of this contemporary New York drama about two gay lovers saying goodbye. 90 min. DVD X1065; vhs 999:1643
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Perdona Bonita, Pero Lucas Me Quería a Mí. (1996)
Directed by Félix Sabroso-Dunia Ayaso. In this comedy three gay roomates decide they need another roomer to meet expenses. They accept Lucas and each of them falls in love with him. This creates considerable tension until the day Lucas is found dead. When two cops show up that is when the real fun begins. In Spanish without subtitles. PAL format. 90 min. DVD X5460; vhs 999:1853
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Personal Best (1982)
Directed by Robert Towne. Cast: Mariel Hemingway, Scott Glenn, Patrice Donnelly, Kenny Moore. A promising hurdler finds needed emotional and athletic seasoning with a caring mentor. After the two fall in love, their relationship is threatened as both vie for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. 128 min. DVD X3596
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Philadelphia.(1993)
Directed by Jonathan Demme. Cast: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Antonio Banderas, Joanne Woodward. Powerful story of two lawyers who join together to sue a prestigious Philadelphia law firm when the firm fires one of them because he has AIDS.125 min. DVD 2226; vhs 999:1162
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Pink Flamingos (1972)
Directed by John Waters. Cast: Cast: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pierce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey. This underground epic, which breaks every rule of good filmmaking and good taste, set a benchmark for thebizarre that has never been equaled. Babs Johnson, a trailer park bon vivant proudly claims the title of the filthiest person alive. The envy of every neighborhood degenerate, it isn't long before another couple set their sites on Divine's legacy, and in the proud American tradition, competition forces each contender to outdo the other. "Like a septic tank explosion," this film is a "paragon of bad taste ... shocking, nauseating, hilarious." 108 min. DVD 2222
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Hallam, Lindsay. "Monster Queen The Transgressive Body of Divine in Pink Flamingos." Bright Lights Film Journal, February 2010 | Issue 67
John Waters: This Filthy World Philosopher of filth and reigning king of bad taste, writer-director of offensive cult classic films, John Waters presents an outstanding live one-man show that celebrates his origins of trash with his signature brand of irreverent humor. Directed by Jeff Garlin/ 2006. 86 min. DVD X859

Place Without Limits (El lugar sin límites) (Mexico, 1977)
Director, Arturo Ripstein. "Family honor, greed, machismo, homophobia, and the dreams of whores collide in a Mexican town. Rich, elderly Don Alejo is poised to sell the town for a profit, needing only to buy a whorehouse to own all the buildings and close the deal. It's owned by a man and his daughter: Manuelita is gay, aging, afraid; he cross-dresses and entertains as a flamenco dancer; he wants to sell and leave. His daughter wants to stay. The return of Pancho complicates things: he's a hothead Alejo tries to control and he scared Manuelita the year before. Things come to a head as Pancho breaks Alejo's hold on him, then flirts and dances with Manuelita and finds himself at risk of being called a "maric?n." [Internet Movie Database] 110 min. DVD 1235
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Foster, David William. "Arturo Ripstein's El lugar sin límites and the Hell of Heteronormativity." In: Violence and the body : race, gender, and the state / edited by Arturo J. Aldama ; foreword by Alfre Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2003.(Main (Gardner) Stacks HM1116 .V557 2003)
Mora, Sergio de la. "A Career in Perspective: An Interview with Arturo Ripstein." Film Quarterly Jul 1999, Vol. 52, No. 4: 2-11. UC users only
Mora, Sergio de la. "Fascinating machismo: toward an unmasking of heterosexual masculinity in Arturo Ripstein's "El lugar sin limites." Journal of Film & Video, 1992/93, Vol. 44 Issue 3/4, p83-104, 22p UC users only
Mora, Sergio de la. "The Last Dance: (Homo)Sexuality and Representation in Arturo Ripstein’s El lugar sin límites and the Fichera Subgenre." In: Cinemachismo : masculinities and sexuality in Mexican film / Sergio de la Mora. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Chicano Studies; Bancroft PN1993.5.M4 M67 2006)
Mora, Sergio de la. "The Last Dance: (Homo)sexuality and Representations in Arturo Ripstein's El Lugar sin Límites and the Fichera subgenre." In: Cinemachismo : masculinities and sexuality in Mexican film / Sergio de la Mora. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2006. (Main Stack PN1993.5.M4.M67 2006; Bancroft PN1993.5.M4.M67 2006; Chicano Stu PN1993.5.M4.M782 2006)
Subero, Gustavo. "Fear of the Trannies." Latin American Research Review, 2008, Vol. 43 Issue 2, p159-179, 21p UC users only

Poison. (1990)
Directed by by Todd Haynes. Cast: Edith Meeks, Larry Maxwell, Susan Gayle Norman, Scott Renderer, James Lyons. An interwoven trilogy, the film uses three distinct stylistic conventions to explore the writings of Jean Genet, arriving at a profound realization of poison in the human mind, body, and soul. a gritty prison drama reveals a homosexual's despair at being constantly confronted by forbidden passions; a campy 50's horror film send-up portrays a scientist's search for the essence of sexuality, and draws a compelling parallel to the HIV crisis when things go awry; and a tabloid mystery criticizes religious sentimentality as it revels the circumstances surrounding the murder of a wife-beater by his own child, who then flew out the window toward heaven. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance." [from FACETS catalog] 85 min. DVD X4198; vhs 999:1603
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Prick Up Your Ears (UK, 1987)
Director, Stephen Frears. Cast: Gary Oldman (Joe Orton), Alfred Molina (Kenneth Halliwell), Vanessa Redgrave, Julie Walters, Richard Wilson, Frances Barber, Margaret Tyzack, Wallace Shawn. Based on the true story of the murder/suicide of playwright Joe Orton and his lover, Ken Halliwell. When Orton, after years of unsuccessful collaboration with Halliwell, breaks away and achieves fame and fortune on his own, Halliwell cracks, hammers Orton to death and then kills himself. 105 min. DVD X823
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Bennett, Alan. Prick up your ears : the screenplay / Alan Bennett ; adapted from John Lahr's biography of Joe Orton London ; Boston : Faber and Faber, 1987. (Main Stack PN1997 .P751 1987)
Mackinnon, Kenneth. "Intermingling Under Controlled Conditions: The Queerness of Prick Up Your Ears." In: British queer cinema / edited by Robin Griffiths. London ; New York : Routledge, 2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H55 B75 2006)

Stephen Frears bibliography

Priest (UK, 1994)
Directed by Antonia Bird. Cast: Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, Robert Carlyle, Cathy Tyson. A young Roman Catholic priest in a Liverpool parish must learn to deal with the issues of homosexuality and incest, as well as conflicts between his vows and his conscience. 98 min. DVD X6545
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Proteus(Canada / South Africa, 2003)
Directors, Jack Lewis and John Greyson. Cast: Rouxnet Brown, Shaun Smyth, Neil Sandilands, Kristen Thomson. A fact-based interracial gay love story of two men incarcerated in the infamous South African Robin Island prison in the 18th century. Claas Blank, a Koi herder was unjustly imprisoned for stealing cattle. Rijkhaart Jacobsz, a withdrawn Dutch sailor, was imprisoned for the crime of homosexuality. The two were placed on trial for sodomy and the film is based partly on court transcipts from the time. 97 min. DVD 3275
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Kramer, Gary M. "John Greyson: Proteus." In: Independent queer cinema : reviews and interviews New York : Harrington Park Press, c2006. (MAIN: PN1995.9.H55 K73 2006)

Queer as Film
Un chant d'amour / par Jean Genet (1950) (b&w ; 26 min.) -- Lot in Sodom / James Sibley Watson, Melville Weber (1933) (b&w ; 60 min.) -- Yes! (1969) (col. ; 5 min.) -- 24 boys per second (1984) (b&w and col. ; 7 min.). Collection of four gay erotic films. Un chant d'amour is an exploration of lust and desire among prisoners in solitary confinement and their warden. Lot in Sodom is a trip to the Old Testament city before its destruction. In Yes! a young man hiking through the woods has an erotic encounter at a fountain. 24 boys per second is a montage of gay erotic images. DVD 5797

Queer as Folk (Series 1) (UK, TV)
Cast: Aiden Gillen, Craig Kelly, Charlie Hunnam. Contains four episodes of the first season of a British television drama following the lives of three gay men. When Stuart and his best mate Vince, stalwarts of the gay club scene in Manchester's gay village meet Nathan, who is young, wild and coming out with a vengeance, nothing is ever the same again. Videodisc release of a British television serial produced in 1999. 240 min. DVD 834

Queer Duck: The Movie (2006)
Director, Xeth Feinberg. Voices: Jim J. Bullock, Jackie Hoffman, Kevin Michael Richardson, Billy West, Estelle Harris, Mark Hamill, Tim Curry, Andy Dick, Chris Cox. In this animated feature film Queer Duck confronts the challenges of being gay with the help of his fabulous friends Openly Gator, Bi-Polar Bear, and Oscar Wild Cat, who remind him that he's happiest when he's just being himself. 72 min. DVD 7856
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Querelle (West Germany / France, 1982)
Director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Brad Davis, Franco Nero, Jeanne Moreau, Laurent Malet, Hanno Poschi, Burkhard Driest. Fassbinder's final film; a stylized, delirious interpretation of Jean Genet's story, "Querelle de Brest," of a proud and tough loner, the sailor Querelle who becomes involved in drug-smuggling, homosexuality and murder. 109 min. DVD 2235
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Rebel Without Cause. (1955)
Directed by Nicholas Ray. Cast: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus, Ann Doran, Corey Allen. The story of a 1950's teenager's efforts to grow up as he confronts his ineffectual parents and copes with the anguish of being a "new boy" at school. "Of the three troubeled teenages in Rebel Without Cause, it is Sal Mineo's Plato who is the lonely, tormented sissy. Although he is not accused of it...Plato is the mama's boy, brought up by a smothering maid in the absence of his father. In his adoration of James Dean, he seeks a father more than a lover. But because Dean returns his feelings so blatantly, sparks fly. (Russo, The Celluloid Closet, p. 109). "In Rebel Without Cause, [Dean] is Mineo's good angel, although Mineo can't be saved. No, Mineo is a rebel with a secret cause: Homeros'. And if there's one thing Hollywood blindly delights to do, it's to make Homeros the 'black' little fall guy of gunshot violence." (Tyler, Parker. Screening the Sexes: Homosexuality in the Movies. NY: Holt, 1972. p146). DVD 73; vhs 999:35
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Red Chewing Gum (Al Alka Al Hamara) (2000)
Director Akram Zaatari. This erotic short is a love poem of sorts as one man recalls meeting another in an alley fifteen years earlier. There, alone in the alley together, they avidly watch a young street vendor chew his gum. 10 min. 999:3225

Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter to Benefit AIDS Research and Relief.
Contents: Don't Fence Me In / David Byrne -- I've Got You Under My Skin / Neneh Cherry -- From This Moment On / Jimmy Somerville -- After You, Sho? / Jody Watley -- Begin the Beguine / Salif Keita -- Too Darn Hot / Erasure -- You Do Something To Me / Sinead O'Connor -- I Get a Kick Out of You / The Jungle Brothers -- In the Still of the Night / The Neville Brothers -- So in Love / k.d. Lang -- I Love Paris / Les Negresses Vertes -- Do I Love You / Aztec Camera -- Well, Did You Evah! / Deborah Harry & Iggy Pop -- Down in the Depths / Lisa Stansfield -- Miss Otis Regrets ; Just One of Those Things / Kirsty MacColl & The Pogues -- It's alright with me / Tom Waits -- Night and Day / U2 -- Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye / Annie Lennox -- Bill Irwin comedy sketch. 90 min. Video/C 4439

Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)
Directed by John Huston. Cast: Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Brian Keith, Julie Harris, Zorro David, Gordon Mitchell, Irvin Dugan, Fay Sparks, Robert Forster. Major Weldon Penderton, a repressed homosexual whose career is languishing in the monotony of postwar Georgia, becomes obsessed with a private who is, in turn, obsessed with Penderton's frustrated and sensual wife Leonora. Based on the novel by Carson McCullers. 109 min. DVD 8491
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Rope (1948)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Cedric Hardwicke. Granger and Dall are two friends who strangle a classmate for intellectual thrills and then proceed to invite his family and mutual friends to dinner-with the body stuffed inside the trunk they use for a buffet table. Their former teacher, James Stewart, suspects wrongdoing. Before the night is over, he finds out how brutally his students have twisted his own academic theories. The homosexual relationship of the two central characters was kept under wraps by the censors--although it remains fairly obvious to the careful viewer. DVD 639; VHS 999:255
Swoon, like Rope is based more or less loosely on the Leopold and Loeb case.
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Satan's Brew (Satansbraten) (West Germany, 1976)
Director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder. This fast-paced black comedy follows the frantic efforts of a starving and confused writer to beg, borrow or steal some money and at the same time make some sense of his confusing life. Unable to write enough to keep his publisher's royalty advances coming, he seeks out a woman he imagines is a prostitute and interviews her and then takes a look at the "gay scene," where he quickly becomes a celebrity. 112 min. DVD 1623; VHS 999:2891
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Saturday Night at the Baths (1974)
Director, David Buckley. Cast: Robert Aberdeen, Don Scotti, Ellen Sheppard. A young man takes a job playing piano at a New York City bathhouse and realizes that he is gay. 86 min. DVD X3655
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Scorpio Rising (1963)
A film by Kenneth Anger. Scorpio Rising: Brando, bikes and black leather. A high view of the myth of the American motorcyclist. The machine as totem from toy to terror. "Scorpio Rising, a landmark in the American underground film, confirmed Kenneth Anger's reputation as a major talent and, at the time of its release, created a stir which reached from the pages of New York's Film Culture to the courts of California, where it was judged obscene. It is testimony to the film's aesthetic power that 20 years later it continues to shock and dismay as many viewers as it amuses and exhilarates through its artfully subversive reinterpretation of the American mythos." [Ed Lowry] 28 min. DVD 8527; vhs 999:25
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Sebastiane (UK, 1976)
Directed by Paul Humfress, Derek Jarman. Cast: Leonardo Treviglio, Barney James, Richard Warwick, Ken Hicks, Janusz Romanov, Neil Kennedy. Describes the last few days of the life of the Catholic martyr St. Sebastian, in particular his relationship with the Emperor Diocletian in 303 A.D., his banishment to a remote outpost of the Roman Empire because of his Christian sympathies, the ambiguous relation with his commanding officer, Severus, and finally his execution by his fellow soldiers. "St. Sebastiane was an obscure Roman mystic who might barely be remembered today were it not for the homoerotic rumors which have persistently clung to him. In Sebastiane, directors Derek Jarman and Paul Humfress bring all the implied into the foreground, creating the frankly homosexual world of their St. Sebastiane. In the process they have pulled off an amazing trick. They have made a beautiful film which evokes a realistic feeling of another place and time, explores the dual nature of spirituality and sexuality, and also depicts an ultimate homosexual fantasy." 85 min. DVD 1621
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The Second Coming (1995)
Directed by Jack Walsh. Cast: Al Giordano, Jeff Constan, Desi del Valle, John Connally, Eddie Daniels, Wendee Curtis, Shelly Volk and Helen Palladino. "Set in the near future when Christian fundamentalists overthrow the U.S. government, Second Coming tells the story of two high school boys who fall deeply in love in spite of the homophobic, racist, and anti-Semitic sentiment propaganda that is sweeping the country. They join a resistance group made up of students who protest living under religious, fascist rule, and stand up for their right to love and think their own way." [All-Movie Guide] 53 min. DVD X4837; vhs 999:2349
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Sex in Chains (Geschlecht in Fesseln: die Sexualnot der Gefangenen) (Germany, 1928)
Directed by William Dieterle. Cast: William Dieterle, Gunnar Tolns, Mary Johnson, Paul Henckels, Hans Heinrich Von Twardowski, Hugo Werner-Kahle, Carl Goetz. When Sommer accidentally kills a nighclub patron harassing his wife Helene, he's sentenced to three years in prison. Denied the comforts promised in their marriage, the young newlyweds risk their future and find release where they can -- Sommer in the arms of a handsome fellow prisoner and Helene with the boss whose kindness becomes her only solace. 90 min. DVD 3309
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Grundmann, Roy. "Gay-Themed Films of the German Silent Era." Cineaste v. 31 no. 1 (Winter 2005) p. 63-6 UC users only

Shortbus (2006)
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell. Cast: Sook-Yin Lee, Paul Dawson, Lindsay Beamish, Adam Hardman, P.J. Deboy, Raphael Barker, Jay Brannan, Peter Stickles, Justin Bond. An exploration into the lives of several characters living in New York City as they navigate the comic and tragic intersections between love and sex. Male and female, straight and gay, they find one another -- and eventually themselves -- when they all converge at a weekly underground salon called "Shortbus," a mad collision of art, music, politics, and carnality. Special features: Trailers ; "Gifted and challenged: the making-of 'Shortbus'" featurette ; "How to shoot sex: a docu-primer" featurette ; deleted scenes with filmmaker & cast commentary ; trailers ; teaser. 102 min. DVD 7448
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A Single Man (2009)
Directed by Tom Ford. Cast: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Nicholas Hoult, Ginnifer Goodwin. After the death of his longtime partner, a British college professor in Los Angeles struggles to find meaning in his life. As he dwells in the past, he begins to contemplate suicide. A series of events and encounters will lead him to question if there really is a meaning to his life after all. Based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood. Special features: Optional audio feature commentary by director, Tom Ford ; optional subtitled feature commentary by director, Tom Ford ; featurette, The making of a single man (ca. 16 min.). 100 min. DVD X3884
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South Park is Gay(TV)
Animated feature. DVD 6350

Spartacus. (1960)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Cast: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin, Tony Curtis. The story of the blood gladiator slave Spartacus, the woman who believed in his cause, and the powerful Roman general who challenged his convictions. Set against the background of Imperial Rome, this is an inspirational true account of man's eternal struggle for freedom. Often cited for a number of gay subtexts (the relationship between Tony Curtis and Olivier characters for e.g.), Spartacus was one of the last Hollywood films to have homosexuality removed from its script by the Hollywood Code. Dalton Trumbo's screenplay contained a scene between Crassius (Laurence Olivier) and his young slave (Tony Curtis), in which the older man subtly establishes his bisexuality (the infamous "oysters and snails" dialog - SEE below). When the film was rereleased in theaters and on video in 1994, the cut portions were restored. DVD 2088 (fully restored widescreen version); DVD 261; VHS 999:179
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Crassus: Do you eat oysters?
Antoninus: When I have them, master.
Crassus: Do you eat snails?
Antoninus: No, master.
Crassus: Do you consider the eating of oysters to be moral and the eating of snails to be immoral?
Antoninus: No, master.
Crassus: Of course not. It is all a matter of taste, isn't it?
Antoninus: Yes, master.
Crassus: And taste is not the same as appetite, and therefore not a question of morals.
Antoninus: It could be argued so, master.
Crassus: My robe, Antoninus. My taste includes both snails and oysters.

A Special Day (Una giornata particolare) (Italy | Canada, 1977)
Directed by Ettore Scola. Cast: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, John Vernon, Francoise Berd, Nicole Magny, Patrizia Basso, Tiziano De Persio, Maurizio Di Paolantonio, Antonio Garibaldi, Vittorio Guerrieri, and Alessandra Mussolini. The film is set during the late 1930s: the occasion is the first meeting between Mussolini and Hitler. Left alone in her tenement home when her fascist husband runs off to attend the historic event, Sophia Loren strikes up a friendship with her homosexual neighbor Mastroianni. As the day segues into night, Loreon and Mastroianni develop a very special relationship that will radically alter both of their outlooks on life. 105 min. DVD X3351
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Spinnin' (Spain, 2007)
Directed by Eusebio Pastrana. Cast: Alejandro Tous, Olav Fernandez, Zoraida Kroley, Agustín Ruíz, Eduardo Velasco. Garate and Omar are a gay couple looking for a woman to mother their child. The obstacles they face are often realistic, yet their story also presents a utopian vision of a world in which all couples, whether gay or straight can reside happily within the spectrum of the modern family. 95 min. DVD X7024
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Stonewall (1995)
Directed by Nigel Finch. Cast: Guillermo Diaz, Frederick Weller, Duane Boutte, Bruce MacVittie, Brendan Corbalis. Who could have guessed that a bunch of men in dresses would breath life into the movement to win equal rights for gay men and lesbians? Certainly not the police who raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular "drag" bar in Greenwich Village. After a long history of police raids, extortion, and brutality, a gaggle of drag queens at the Stonewall decide they have had enough and begin to riot when the police try to load them into a paddy wagon. Told by "La Miranda" (Hector), a regular customer at the Stonewall Inn, the film is a recounting of events that led up to that fateful day in 1969. "Matty Dean" is the handsome angry young man that La Miranda meets at the Stonewall one day and with whom she/he quickly falls in love. "Bostonia" is the self-styled Queen Mother of the drag queens and guides each initiate gently "into the life." Her lover, Vinnie, is the closeted proprietor of the Stonewall. His tragic response to the suffocation he feels bearing down on him from a homophobic world -- perhaps as much as anything else -- sparks the riots. This is the Stonewall Riots "As Told By La Miranda". [from Internet Movie Database] 99 min. DVD X4847; vhs 999:1624
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Strangers on a Train. (1951)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker. Guy Haines, a tennis star, who hates his estranged wife and wants to be free to marry another woman, meets Bruno Anthony, who hates his father. Bruno has a chillingly simple plan: each could kill the other's victim. No motive, no clues, nothing to link Guy and Bruno but a casual meeting of strangers on a train. "Bruno's (Robert Walker) homosexuality emerged in terms that would be used increasingly throughout the Fifties to define gays as aliens. His coldness, his perverse imagination and an edge of elitist superiority made him an extension of the sophisticated but deadly sissy played by Clifton Web in Laura (see Video 999:678), Peter Lorre in The Maltese Falcon (see Video 999:17 ), and Martin Landau in North by Northwest (see Video 999:166)." (Russo. The Celluloid Closet, p. 94). DVD 458; VHS 999:256
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Strapped (2010)
Directed by Joseph Graham. Cast: Ben Bonenfant, Nick Frangione, Carlo D'Amore, Paul Gerrior, Artem Mishin, Michael Klinger, Raphael Barker. A handsome young prostitute learns about life and love during a sex-filled odyssey in an apartment building filled with strange inhabitants. DVD X6523
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Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate) (Cuba / Mexico / Spain, 1993)
Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabio. A naive young Cuban college student meets both a gay writer and a woman who teach him about the passion of life and the passion of love. DVD 7424
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Streamers (1983)
Directed by Robert Altman. Cast: Matthew Modine, David Alan Grier, Mitchell Lichtenstein, Michael Wright, George Dzundza, Guy Boyd. On the eve of them being shipped off to war in Vietnam, four young army recruits are forced to confront their prejudicial feelings toward one another when it is learned that one of them is homosexual. Based on David Rabe's play of the same title. 106 min. DVD X4846
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Suddenly, Last Summer. (1959)
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Katherine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Albert Dekker, Mercedes McCambridge. Screenplay by Gore Vidal, based on the play by Tennessee Williams. A psychological drama about the effects of the sordid death of a man upon his cousin, whose life and sanity are endangered, and upon his mother, a wealthy New Orleans widow whose diseased adoration of her son draws her into his depravity. "In the January 1960 Films in Review, the critic Henry Hart...concluded that Suddenly, Last Summer 'exposes clearly the foremost causes of homosexuality and...points to one of the horrible fates that can overtake this particular kind of pervert.'...In fact the 'cause' of Sebastian's homosexuality is certainly not explored in the film, which is concerned only with the effects of it--which are devastating to all. As for Sebastian's particular fate, it is unlikely that many homosexuals have died at the hands of cannibalistic Spanish-speaking street children. More have died at the hands of 'fag bashers' in American cities." (Russo, The Celluloid Closet, p. 118). DVD 7553; vhs 999:636
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Ohi, Kevin. "Devouring Creation: Cannibalism, Sodomy, and the Scene of Analysis in Suddenly, Last Summer." Cinema Journal vol. 38 no. 3. 1999. pp: 27-49.

Sunday Bloody Sunday (UK, 1971)
Director, John Schlesinger. Cast: Glenda Jackson, Peter Finch, Murray Head, Peggy Ashcroft, Tony Britton, Maurice Denham, Bessie Love, Vivian Pickles. The story of two Londoners coping with the noncommittal affections of the lover they have in common. Bob, a young designer unencumbered by any sense of guilt, shares his sexual favors equally between lovers of different sexes, a Jewish doctor and a lady executive. 110 min. DVD 1890
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film; Best Direction; Best Actress (Glenda Jackson); Best Actor (Peter Finch)
Golden Globes - Best English-Language Foreign Film
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actor (Peter Finch)

Brooker-Bowers, Nancy. John Schlesinger : a guide to references and resources Boston : G. K. Hall, c1978. (MAIN: PN1998.A3 S3374; MOFF: PN1998.A3 S3374)
Gilliatt, Penelope. "Writing bloody writing." American Film Vol XI nr 5 (Mar 1986); p 61-64
Gilliatt, Penelope. Sunday bloody Sunday : the original screenplay of the John Schlesinger film : with an introductory essay, "Making Sunday bloody Sunday" New York : Dodd, Mead, c1986. (MAIN: PN1998.A3 .P2852; MOFF: PN1998.A3 .P2852
Childs, J. "Interview with P.G. focusing on "Sunday, bloody Sunday." Film Comment Vol VIII nr 2 (Summer 1972); p 22-26
Mann, William J. Edge of midnight : the life of John Schlesinger (MAIN: PN1998.3.S34 M36 2004)
Phillips, Gene D. John Schlesinger Boston : Twayne Publishers, 1981 (MAIN: PN1998.A3 .P2852; MOFF: PN1998.A3 .P2852)

Gilliatt, Penelope. Sunday bloody Sunday : the original screenplay of the John Schlesinger film : with an introductory essay, "Making Sunday bloody Sunday" / by Penelope Gilliatt. New York : Dodd, Mead, c1986. (NRLF (UCB) PN1997 .S8331 1986)

Super 8 1/2: A Cautionary Bio-Pic (1995)
Directed by Bruce LaBruce. Cast: Bruce LaBruce, Liza LaMonica, Mikey Mike, Klaus von Brucker, Chris Teen, Dirty Pillows, Buddy Cole, Ben Weasel, Amy Nitrate, Vaginal Creme Davis, Richard Kern. A vaguely autobiographical look at a director of gay films whose career is in decline. The "creator" of the films is the artistically affected Googie. Most of her scenes end in blackouts of Bruce LaBruce, his former lovers, and his lesbian punkette buddies Wednesday and Jane Friday. There are also numerous clips of Bruce's porn films and clips from Googie's own attempt at experimental filmmaking. 106 min. 999:3482
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Swoon (1992)
Directed by Tom Kalin. Cast: Craig Chester, Daniel Schlachet, Michael Kirby, Michael Stumm, Ron Vawter. A film noir "thriller" that presents the true case of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, brilliant young men from good Jewish families, who were convicted for murdering a 13-year-old boy. Some of the basic features of this story were also used in Hitchcock's 1948 film, Rope 93 min. DVD X791
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Taboo (Gohatto) (France / UK / Japan, 1999)
Director, Nagisa Oshima. Cast: Beat Takeshi, Ryuhei Matsuda, Shinji Takeda, Tadanobu Asano, Yoichi Sai. Set in Kyoto in the spring of 1865 ... Those hoping to be chosen as new samurai recruits must face off against the best man in the militia, Soji Okita ....only two are chosen: Hyozo Tashiro, a low-level samurai from the Kurume clan, and Sozaburo Kano, a bewitching young man to whom Tashiro is immediately attracted. 100 min. DVD 2221
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Tales of the City (TV, 1994)
Cast: Olympia Dukakis, Donald Moffat, Laura Linney, Marcus D'Amico, William Campbell, Thomas Gibson, Paul Gross, Barbara Garrick, Chloe Webb. In this chronicle of San Francisco in the 1970s, the carefree chaos revolves around the funky old apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane where landlady Anna Madrigal welcomes tenants by taping homegrown joints to their doors and presides over their lives with an almost maternal affection. Based on the novel by Armistead Maupin. 300 min. DVD X22
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[More] Tales of the City (TV, 1998)
Cast: Olympia Dukakis, Laura Linney, Colin Ferguson, William Campbell, Barbara Garrick, Pual Hopkins, Nina Siemaszko, Jackie Burroughs, Whip Hubley, Diana LeBlanc, Franoise Robertson, Domini Blythe, Swoosie Kurtz, Thomas Gibson. Brought to life is San Francisco in the 1970's. The quirky lovelorn tenants of 28 Barbary Lane are following their fortunes and follies under the watchful eye of their maternal landlady. Intersecting lives, gleeful coincidences and innocent raunch are all part of the fun. Special features: Running commentary by Armistead Maupin, Olympia Dukakis, Barbara Garrick and Laura Linney; deleted scenes, behind the scenes rehearsal and filming footage, production and props photo gallery, From the page, the 28 Barbary Lane set, cast and production bios. 290 min. DVD X23
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[Further] Tales of the City (TV, 2001)
Cast: Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Billy Campbell, Barbara Garrick, Jackie Burroughs, Mary Kay Place, Bruce McCulloch, Diana Leblanc. Originally broadcast on Showtime in 2001. An apartment house in San Francisco during the 1970s is the setting for all kinds of human interplay, at a time "when our hearts were young, and our mood rings were blue." Special features: in-depth interviews, selected scenes with commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, alternate scenes, trailers, styles from the 70s & 80s. 323 min. DVD X24
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Taxi Zum Klo(West Germany, 1980)
Writer/director, Frank Ripploh. Autobiographical film of a homosexual school teacher adventuring in the Berlin underworld, to the detriment of his one "meaningful relationship." Promiscuity develops and results in a blow-up. 92 min. DVD X984; vhs 999:979
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Harper, P.B. "Playing in the Dark: Privacy, Public Sex, and the Erotics of the Cinema Venue." Camera Obscura /30, May 93; p.92-
Sutton, M. "Encounter with Frank Ripploh." (Interview). Films & Filming /329, Feb 82; p.18-19. illus. German writer/director/actor F.R. talks about making his film "Taxi zum Klo", and the success he has now achieved.

Tea and Sympathy (1956)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Deborah Kerr, John Kerr, Leif Erickson, Edward Andrews. Drama about a teenaged boy at a New England boarding school who is wrongly accused of homosexuality. The wife of a housemaster offers the boy her understanding and love when she finds that he is deeply troubled about the accusations and is questioning himself. Based on the play by Robert Anderson. 123 min. DVD X5535; DVD X4799; vhs 999:1431
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Terence Davies Trilogy: Children; Madonna and Child; Death and Transfiguration(UK, 1976-1983)
Children (1976, 44 min.) -- Madonna and child (1980, 26 min.) -- Death and transfiguration (1983, 24 min.). Cast: Phillip Maudsely, Robin Hooper, Terry O'Sullivan, Wilfrid Brambell, Iain Munro, Valerie Lilley, Sheila Raynor, Jeanne Doree, Lisa Parker, Nick Stringer. Each of three short films represents a stage in the life of a gay Liverpudlian clerk, from boyhood to death bed. Filmmaker Terence Davies excavates the life of his fictional alter-ego, Robert Tucker, in a narrative that slips between childhood, middle age, and death, shaping the raw materials of his own life into a rich tapestry of experience and impressions. DVD X6268
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Thank You Mask Man (1956)
Animated short created and voiced by Lenny Bruce, about the Lone Ranger as a smart-mouthed homosexual Jew who wants Tonto to perform an unnatural act. DVD 2444 (Cartoon Scandals); also included in Lenny Bruce Performance Film Video/C 2903

Torch Song Trilogy. (1988)
Directed by Paul Bogart. Cast: Anne Bancroft, Matthew Broderick, Harvey Fierstein, Brian Kerwin. A gay man in New York searches for love, respect, and tradition in a world that seems not especially made for him. From Arnold's hilarious steps toward domestic bliss with a reluctant school teacher, to his first truly promising love affair with a young fashion model, Arnold's greatest challenge remains his complicated relationship with his mother. 120 min. DVD X1157
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Totally F***ed Up (1994)
Directed by Gregg Araki. Cast: James Duval, Roko Belic, Susan Behshid, Jenee Gill, Gilbert Luna, Lance May. The story of the troubled world of gay and lesbian teenagers who hang around empty parking structures and deserted car washes and agonize about drugs, sex, dating, suicide, violence, family and gay identity. 85 min. DVD X4295; vhs 999:3363
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Araki, Gregg. The living end : an irresponsible movie ; Totally f***ed up : a screenplay / by Gregg Araki. New York : Morrow, c1994. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3551.R27 L58 1994)
Moran, James M. "Gregg Araki: Guerrilla Film-Maker for a Queer Generation." Film Quarterly Oct 1996, Vol. 50, No. 1: 18-26. UC users only

Touch of Pink (Canada / UK, 2003)
Directed by Ian Iqbal Rashid. Cast: Jimi Mistry, Kyle MacLachlan, Suleka Mathew, Kristen Holden-Reid, Veena Sood, Brian George, Liisa Repo-Martell, Raoul Bhaneja. Alim seems to have it all: a great career, a handsome boyfriend, and a personal guide in the spirit of Cary Grant. Living thousands of miles from his mother Nuru and his family in Toronto, he can keep his lifestyle hidden. But when Alim's conservative mom decides to pay an impromptu visit, with the intention of dragging her son to a big fat monsoon wedding and getting him matched up with a "nice girl," the spirit of Cary Grant suddenly becomes indispensable. 91 min. DVD 3430
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Trash (aka Andy Warhol's Trash) (1970)
Producer, Andy Warhol; writer/director, Paul Morrissey. Cast: Joe Dallesandro, Geri Miller, Bruce Pecheur, Michael Sklar. The story of Joe and his lover-protector, Holly, who try to make a go of things in their lower East Side basement, from which Holly goes forth from time to time to cruise the Fillmore East and to scavenge garbage cans, while Joe's journeys are in search of real junk. 110 min. DVD 5906
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Tropical Malady (Sud pralad) (Thailand, 2004)
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Cast: Sakda Kaewbuadee, Banlop Lomnoi, Sirivech Jareonchon. Times are happy and love is uncomplicated for young Thai soldier Keng and country boy Tong. Pleasant evenings with Tong's family, song-filled nights in town. Then life is disrupted by a disappearance. And some kind of wild beast has been slaughtering cows. Local legends say a human can somehow be transformed into another creature. The soldier goes alone into the heart of the jungle in search of Tong. 118 min. DVD 7546
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Urbania (2000)
Directed by Jon Matthews. Cast: Dan Futterman, Alan Cumming, Matt Keeslar, Samuel Ball. In a film that recalls the edgy, aggressively-political qualities of early 90's queer cinema, Charlie is losing control of his life after the loss of his longtime companion Chris. Alone in his apartment, he can hear his upstairs neighbors engage in lovemaking that leaves him lonely and frustrated. He wanders the streets of Manhattan and later, at a bar with the amorous couple, the trio get into a loud, ugly argument about public displays of affection. Charlie notices a mysterious, tattooed stranger and the two exchange looks. Intrigued, Charlies sets out looking for the man and launches himself on a nightmarish journey through the underside of New York. He happens upon an increasingly odd array of people, each telling progressively more bizarre tales that are purportedly true. 105 min. DVD 1863
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Giltz, Michael. "Gay-acting straight man: with Angels in America, Urbania, and now Will & Grace, playing gay just comes naturally to Dan Futterman. (Cover Story)."
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
(Feb 18, 2003): 40(2). UC users only

Victim (UK, 1961)
Directed by Basil Dearden. Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Syms, Dennis Price, Anthony Nicholls, Peter Copley, Norman Bird. A highly respected, but closeted barrister, Melville Farr, risks his marriage and reputation to take on an elusive blackmail ring terrorizing gay men with the threat of public exposure and police action. Widely regarded as the film that provoked the British parliament to begin amending its laws against homosexual acts. 100 min. DVD 1613
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Burton, Alan. The cinema of Basil Dearden and Michael Relph / Alan Burton and Tim O'Sullivan. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.D3855 B87 2009)
Dux, Sally. "Allied Film Makers: Crime, Comedy and Social Concern." Journal of British Cinema & Television; 2012, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p198-213, 16p
Liberal directions : Basil Dearden and postwar British film culture / edited by Alan Burton, Tim O'Sullivan and Paul Wells. Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England : Flicks Books, 1997. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.D387 L53 1997)
McLaughlin, Eugene. "Surviving After Ealing: The Later Careers of Basil Dearden and Michael Relph." Quarterly Review of Film & Video; Jan2007, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p65-71, 7p UC users only

A Virus Knows No Morals (Ein Virus Kennt Keine Moral) (West Germany, 1985)
Directed by Rosa von Praunheim. Cast: Dieter Dicken, Maria Hasenacker, Christian Kesten, Eva Kurz, Rosa von Praunheim, Regina Rudnick. An irreverent black comedy on the AIDS crisis. Nurses on the night shift roll dice to see which AIDS patient will die next; the owner of a gay bathhouse gets Kaposi's Sarcoma but tries to keep his mind on profits; an epidemic victim is harassed by a reporter on his death bed and sticks her with a contaminated syringe; the government opens a quarantine called Hell Gay Land and gay terrorists kidnap the Minister of Health. 84 min. 999:2892
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Vive l'Amour (Ai qing wan sui) (Taiwan, 1994)
Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. Cast: Yang Kui-mei, Lee Kang-sheng, Chen Chao-jung. Drama without dialog takes place in Taipei, Taiwan where a strange love triangle develops between a chic, seductive real estate agent, a street merchant and a shy, gay man who spies on the couple's trysts. 118 min. DVD 4886
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Walk on Water (Israel, 2004)
Directed by Eytan Fox. Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Knut Berger, Caroline Peters, Gidon Shemer, Sivan Sasson, Eyal Rozales, Yousef (Joe) Sweid. While on assignment in Berlin, a homophobic Israeli intelligence agent is ordered to assassinate a Nazi war criminal. However, he has a crisis of conscience after he befriends the target's gay grandson. 103 min. DVD X1940
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Water Drops on Burning Rocks (Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes) (France, 2000)
Directed by François Ozon. Cast: Bernard Giraudeau, Malik Zidi, Ludivine Sagnier, Anna Thompson. A young man, who is sexually confused, falls in love with an older man. When his ex-fiance comes to see him he needs to decide who he loves more. Unable to cope, he decides to take drastic measures. Based on the play "Tropfen auf Heisse Steine" by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. 81 min. DVD X4257
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Wedding Banquet (Hsi yen)(Taiwan / USA, 1993)
Directed by Ang Lee. Cast: Ah-Leh Gua, Sihung Lung, May Chin, Winston Chao, Mitchell Lichtenstein. A comedy about the relationship between a gay Asian american and his Taiwanese parents. In New York, the Taiwanese half of the gay couple hopes to end his parents' matchmaking by announcing that he's engaged. What he doesn't count on is that they'll fly in to meet the bride and plan the nuptials. 109 min. DVD 2727; VHS 999:1495
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Were the World Mine (2008)
Directed by Tom Gustafson. Cast: Tanner Cohen, Wendy Robie, Judy Mclane, Jill Larson. When Timothy (Cohen) is cast as Puck in A midsummer's night's dream, the young gay man stumbles upon a secret love-potion recipe hidden in the script. He creates comic chaos as he turns much of his narrow-minded town gay, starting with the rugby jock of his dreams. 95 min. DVD X3583
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Wild Reeds (Les Roseaux sauvages) (France, 1994)
Directed by André Téchiné. Cast: Elodie Bouchez, Gael Morel, Stephane Rideau, Frederic Gorny. A poignant coming-of-age story set in southwest France in 1962. Sensitive young Francois is uncertain of his sexuality as he finds himself more attracted to his classmate Serge than to his platonic girlfriend Maite. An older boy, Henri, is drawn into the circle, further complicating relationships. Through their passage into adulthood, the four experience a series of sexual and political conflicts as they explore the mysteries of the human heart. 110 min. DVD 1864
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Wilde (UK / Germany / Japan, 1997)
Directed by Brian Gilbert. Cast: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave. Notorious poet and playwright Oscar Wilde devours all that life has to offer, but there's only so much that late Victorian England will tolerate. As Wilde delves into a taboo world of unrealized homosexual desire, his life rapidly becomes a turbulent charade. He cannot escape the repercussions wrought by a "pure" society, nor will he hide in shame for being true to his nature. Special features: Original featurette "Simply Wilde"; new, exclusive to DVD featurette "Still Wilde about Wilde"; the complete content of the official Wilde website; photo montage; theatrical trailers; filmographies; production notes. 116 min. DVD X4334
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Dickinson, Peter. "Oscar Wilde: Reading the Life after the Life." Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 414-32, Summer 2005 UC users only
Holland, Merlin. "The Film Wilde: A Wasted Opportunity?." Wildean: The Journal of the Oscar Wilde Society. 12: 30-33. 1998 Jan.
The importance of reinventing Oscar : versions of Wilde during the last 100 years / edited by Uwe Boker, Richard Corballis, ... Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2002. (Main Stack PR5824.I466 2002)
Kauffmann, Stanley. "In A Different Light." New Republic; 05/18/98, Vol. 218 Issue 20, p24-25, 2p UC users only
Porton, Richard. "The actor as critic: An interview with Stephen Fry." Cineaste; 1998, Vol. 23 Issue 4, p8, 5p UC users only
Medhurst, Andy. "Licensed to cheek." Sight & Sound, Oct97, Vol. 7 Issue 10, p27-35, 4p UC users only
Rose, David. "Wilde." Irish Studies Review; Apr98, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p98, 2p UC users only
Waldrep, Shelton. "The Uses and Misuses of Oscar Wilde." In: Victorian afterlife : postmodern culture rewrites the nineteenth century / John Kucich and Dianne F. Sadoff, editors. pp:49-63. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000. (Main Stack PR461.V5 2000)

Will & Grace. Season One(TV Show)
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Wings. (1927)
Directed by William Wellman. Cast: Clara Bow, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Richard Arlen, Gary Cooper. Two young men who love the same girl join the Air Service during World War I. "...Arlen and Rogers have the only real love scene in Wings, and Rogers learns the true meaning of love through his relationship with his buddy..." (Russo, The Celluloid Closet, pp71-72). 999:611

Wittgenstein. (Japan / UK, 1993)
Directed by Derek Jarman. Cast: Karl Johnson, Michael Gough, Tilda Swinton, John Quentin, Kevin Collins, Clancy Chassay. A surreal and fanciful biography of the Viennese philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, who strove to define and teach insights on communication and the powers and limits of language. "Wittgenstein is shown as a boy living a repressive youth, demonstrated by his family appearing in Roman togas. When Wittgenstein leaves to study under Bertrand Russell at Cambridge, he begins to investigate language and apply the strictures and constructs of language to philosophical study. The subject of Wittgenstein's homosexuality is depicted when, after World War I, he falls in love with a poor philosophy student, Johnny (Kevin Collins). Also portrayed is Wittgenstein's death at an early age from prostate cancer." -- Paul Brenner [All-Movie Guide]. 75 min. DVD X59; vhs 999:1155
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The Wounded Man(L'Homme blessé) (France, 1983)
Directed by Patrice Chéreau. Cast: Jean-Hugues Anglade; Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Roland Bertin, Claude Berri, Gérard Desarthe, Armin Müller-Stahl, Lisa Kreuzer. In a large provincial railroad station, a young man, himself being pursued by a voyeuristic homosexual doctor, becomes romantically obessed with, and tries to win the love of, another much older man. Special features (Disc 2): Clip de Jane Birkin : "Et quand bien même" réalisé par Patrice Chéreau (3 min) ; 1983, la sortie à Cannes : portrait de Patrice Chéreau par Raymond Depardon ; interventions télévisées de Yves Mourousi et S. Daney (25 min) ; Hervé Guibert invité à Apostrophes (15 min) ; Interviews de Jean-Hugues Anglade, C. de Vivaise, R. Berta et Patrice Chéreau par Jean-Marie Charuau (45 min) ; Diaporama. 106 min. DVD X5350
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A Year Without Love (Un Año sin amor) (Argentina, 2005)
Directed by Anahi Berneri. Cast: Juan Minujin, Mimi Ardu, Carlos Echevarria, Osmar Nuñez, Javier Van De Couter, Ricardo Merkin, Barbara Lombardo. Pablo, a young writer dying of AIDS searches for a cure and human interaction in the hospitals and sex clubs of Buenos Aires. 95 min. Video DVD 6884
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Young Soul Rebels. (UK / France / Germany / Spain, 1991)
Directed by Isaac Julien. Cast: Valentine Nonyela, Mo Sesay, Dorian Healy, Frances Barber, Sophie Okonedo, Jason Durr, Gary McDonald, Debra Gillett. Set in London at the time of the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977, Chris and Caz are disc-jockeys on a pirate black radio station which they run from the back of an East End garage. When a mutual friend who is gay is murdered while cruising a London park, life takes a startling turn for them both as Chris is arrested for the murder. 120 min. DVD 3115
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Reid, Mark A. "Diary of a Young Soul Rebel." Film Quarterly, Vol. 46, No. 1. (Autumn, 1992), pp. 56-57. UC users only

Lesbians in Motion Pictures

A mi amor mi dulce (2003)
Director: Alanna Ubach. Cast: Alanna Ubach, Guillermo Díaz, Devon Odessa, Dwight Ewell, Brian Brophy. A female baker lusts after a ditzy waitress in the rival shop across the street. 23 min. DVD X7011
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Aimée & Jaguar (Germany, 1999)
Directed by Max Faberbock. Cast: Maria Schrader, Juliane Kohler, Heike Makatsch, Johanna Wokalek, Elisabeth Degen, Detlev Buck. Based on true events during the Battle of Berlin in World War II, about two women who find each other. One is single, Aimee, the other, Jaguar, is unhappily married with 4 children. In war torn Germany it was not safe to be Jewish, it was just as unsafe to be a lesbian. When Jaguar's husband, who is a German soldier, finds out about the relationship of his wife to Aimee, nothing but trouble ensues. Based on the book of the same title by Fischer, Erica (MAIN: DD857.W87 F5713 1995; MOFF: DD857.W87 F713 1998)125 min. DVD 3788
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The Alley Cats(1966)
Director, Radley Metzger. Cast: Anne Arthur, Sabrina Koch, Karen Field, Chaz Hickman, Harold Baerow, Uta Levka. Set in Berlin this erotic film presents the story of a young swinging girl frustrated by her fiancee, who becomes responsive to a beautiful lesbian socialite. 83 min. DVD X5583; vhs 999:3121
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Morris, Gary. "The Alley Cats." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only
Morris, Gary. "Thoughts on Radley Metzger." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only

Basic Instinct (1992)
Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Cast: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Ozundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn. "A former rock star, Johnny Boz, is brutally killed during sex, and the case is assigned to detective Nick Curran of the SFPD. During the investigation, Nick meets Catherine Tramell, a crime novelist who was Boz's girlfriend when he died. Catherine proves to be a very clever and manipulative woman, and though Nick is more or less convinced that she murdered Boz, he is unable to find any evidence. Later, when Nilsen, Nick's rival in the police, is killed, Nick suspects of Catherine's involvement in it. He then starts to play a dangerous lust-filled mind game with Catherine to nail her, but as their relationship progresses, the body count rises and contradicting evidences force Nick to start questioning his own suspicions about Catherine's guilt." [IMDB] 123 min. DVD 886

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Better Than Chocolate (Canada, 1999)
Directed by Anne Wheeler. Cast: Wendy Crewson, Karyn Dwyer, Christina Cox, Ann-Marie McDonald, Marya Delver, Kevin Mundy, Peter Outerbridge. Maggie meets the woman of her dreams in Vancouver just hours before her mother and brother move in with her. Maggie believes she must keep her affair secret from her family but her clandestine romance is eventually revealed. 102 min. DVD 1875
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Les Biches (France / Italy, 1968)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. Cast: Stephane Audran, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jacqueline Sassard, Serge Bento. A young female student is seduced by an elegant older woman who spirits her away to St. Tropez. Here a handsome young male guest comes between the two lovers. The older woman is beset by jealousy, madness and ultimately, murder. A study in bisexuality and upper-class decadence. 95 min. DVD 1728; vhs 999:685
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A Bitter Song. (Australia, 1990)
Directed by Athina Tsoulis. Cast: Alexa Tsoulis Reay, Vicky Yiannoutsos, Lucy Lawless. In her first film role Lawless plays a kind nurse who helps a troubled young girl. 20 min. DVD 3615
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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant)(West Germany, 1974)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Margit Carstensen, Hanna Schygulla, Katrin Schaake, Eva Mattes, Gisela Fackeldey, Irm Hermann. This haunting melodrama concerns a woman who divorces her husband when she realizes that she no long loves him and that she is sexually attracted to her secretary. It explores the lesbian relationship and finds that just as many of the games that exist in a heterosexual relationship (love/hate and jealousy) are present an homosexual one. 124 min. DVD 1651; vhs 999:553
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The Blood Spattered Bride (La novia ensangrentada) (Spain, 1972)
Directed by Vicente Aranda. Cast: Simon Andreu, Maribel Martin, Alexandra Bastedo, Dean Selmier. "After getting married with her husband, Susan travels with him to his isolated manor. The sexual drive of the husband is intense, and Susan feels revulsion towards his sexual games and perversions. Susan notes that there are only paintings of his male ancestors and none of their wives and she learns that thir pictures are kept in the basement. When she sees the painting of Mircalla Karstein, a.k.a. Carmilla, without her face, her husband tells that Carmilla killed her husband during their honeymoon. During the night, Susan has dreadful nightmares about Carmilla. When Susan's husband finds a naked woman buried on the beach, he brings her home and finds that she is Carmilla. Susan is seduced by the woman and they have a lesbian relationship. Meanwhile her husband realizes that his life is in danger and Carmilla is a vampire." [IMDB] Based on: Carmila / by Sheridan Le Fanu. 91 min. DVD X6388
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Born in Flames (1983)
Directed by Lizzie Borden. Cast: Honey, Adele Bertei, Jeanne Satterfield, Flo Kennedy, Ron Vawter, Eric Bogosian. A futuristic fable of feminist turmoil still brewing ten years after the Second American Revolution. When Adelaide Norris, the black radical founder of the Woman's Army, is mysteriously killed, a diverse coalition of women - across all lines of race, class, and sexual preference - emerges to blow the System apart. With their fury growing and all peaceful options exhausted, women overcome divisions of race, class, and sexual orientation to form a guerilla movement to take over control of the media. 80 min. DVD 6007; vhs 999:1837
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Bound (1996)
Directed by Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski. Cast: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, John Ryan. This thriller tells the story of a gangster's moll and her tough lesbian, ex-con lover who steal $2 million in loot from the former's brutish lover and must then flee for their lives in the seedy, crime-filled city. -- Sandra Brennan [All Movie Guide] 108 min. DVD X1071; vhs 999:1908
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But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)
Directed by Jamie Babbit. Cast: Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, RuPaul Charles, Cathy Moriarty, Melanie Linsky, Eddie Cibrian, Wesley Mann, Richard Moll, Douglas Spain, Katharine Towne, Mink Stole, Bud Cort. Megan's super normal suburban existence is filled with friends, pom-poms and rah-rah enthusiasm until her parents suspect that she may, in fact, be showing deviant tendencies. 86 min. DVD 556
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Butterfly Kiss (UK, 1995)
Directed by Michael Winterbottom. Cast: Amanda Plummer, Saskia Reeves, Paul Brown Freda Dowie, Des McAleer, Ricky Tomlinson. When unpredictable and dangerous Eunice falls for sad and solitary Miriam who is hard of hearing, they take to the roads of grimy England. When Eunice turns out to be a sociopathic killer, can Miriam save her before she herself is ruined? 90 min. DVD 3616
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El Calentito (Spain, 2005)
Directed by Chus Gutiérrez. Cast: Veronica Sanchez, Macarena Gomez, Juan Sanz, Ruth Diaz, Nuria Gonzalez. Sara gets involved in a political revolution in Spain when she joins an all-female, lesbian rock band at the underground Calentito nightclub. 89 min. DVD 8141
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La Captive (France / Belgium, 2000)
Directed by Chantal Akerman. Cast: Stanislas Merhar, Sylvie Testud, Olivia Bonamy, Liliane Rovere, Aurore Clement. Simon is obsessed with Ariane and keeps her as his willing captive. She tolerates his elaborate desires,his endless interrogations and surveillance. Still Ariane is able to maintain her own reserve of privacy, her own mental and physical freedom. Although often affectionate to Simon, Ariane prefers women and so leads a double life. But this only magnifies Simon's pain until his obsessive desires culminate in devastation and tragedy. 118 min. DVD 2321
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Chained Girls (1965)
Directed by Joseph P. Mawra. Who and what is a lesbian? Where can they be found? Are they happy with their lives? These are a few of the probing questions asked in this "expose" of NYC dykes and femmes. Special features: Lesbian-loving trailers; Sappho shorts: #1: Lash of the Lesbian, #2: Lesbian apartment party, #3: Lesbian neighbors, #4: She-man surprise, #5: Lesbian bikers, #6: Lesbian coffin sex, #7: Let's make Mary moan, #8: Outdoor lesbian love. 61 min. DVD 2536
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The Children's Hour. (1961)
Directed by William Wyler. Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner, Miriam Hopkins, Fay Bainter, Karen Balkin. When a vindictive little girl is disciplined in an exclusive girl's school, the child twists an overheard comment into slander. She accuses her teachers of lesbianism--and her gullible grandmother spreads the gossip. Outraged, Karen and Martha fight back in court, but a child's lie is hard to disprove. Wyler's earlier screen adaptation of Hellman's play (These Three, 1936) skirted the issue of lesbianism completely by making the central "problem" an adulterous heterosexual love triange in which one teacher is accused of being in love with her best friend's fiance. From the play by Lillian Hellman. (The Children's Hour: UCB Main PS3515.E343 C5 1961; UCB Grad Svcs XMAC.H477.C49 Modern Authors Collection; UCB Moffitt PS3515.E343 A6 1972; PS3515.E343 F6) 109 min. DVD 8954; vhs 999:958
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Chinese Chocolate (Luo niao) (Canada, 1998)
Director Yan Cui. Cast: Diana Peng, Chirley Cui, Bo Z. Wang. Following their dreams to the West, two young Chinese women journey to Canada on the same plane in 1986. The two women quickly embark on a series of heterosexual relationships before discovering belatedly that they'd be happier with each other. 99 min. DVD 1746
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Chutney Popcorn (1999)
Directed by Nisha Ganatra. Cast: Mahdur Jaffrey, Sakina Jaffrey, Nick Chinlund, Jill Hennessy, Cara Buono, Ajay Naidu, Alisa Mast, Pricilla Lopez. Lisa and Reena are in love, but when Reena agrees to become a surrogate mother for her childless sister, the cultural divide between Reena's Indian family and their lesbian lifestyle hits home. A heartfelt comedy about the cultural struggles between immigrant parents and their Americanized children and the strength of family ties. 92 min. DVD 800
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Arora, Anupama. "Rituals of Queer Diaspora in Nisha Ganatra's Chutney Popcorn." South Asian Popular Culture, Apr2007, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p31-43, UC users only
Ghosh, Monica. "What you hear..., what you see... that's not all you get." Asian Cinema, 2002, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p24-38, 15p
West, Dennis; West, Joan M. "Dishing Up Comedy Spiced with Chutney." Cineaste, 2001, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p38, 3p, UC users only

Common Ground (2000)
Directed by Donna Deitch. Cast: Edward Asner, Beau Bridges, Harvey Fierstein, Brian Kerwin, Margot Kidder, Dan Lauria, James LeGros, Brittany Murphy, Jason Priestley, Mimi Rogers, Helen Shaver, Eric Stoltz, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Steven Weber. Three short stories dealing with the theme of homosexuality. In "A Friend of Dorothy's," (written by Paula Vogel) a woman joins the Navy during the 1950's and discovers lesbianism. In "M. Roberts," (written by Terrence McNally) a teacher in a 1970's classroom struggles with his closeted gay status. In "Andy and Amos", (written by Harvey Fierstein) a father wrestles with his own emotional acceptance of a present day wedding between his son and another man. 104 min. 999:2877
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Damned if You Don't (1987)
Directed by Su Friedrich. A vivid drama of a young nun fighting a loosing battle with her sexual desires. Full of intrigue and suspense, the film explores lesbianism among nuns combining experimental elements, among them the trial of a 17th century nun accused of lesbian relations and the deconstruction of the classic nun film "Black Narcissus." 42 min. DVD 4706; also VHS 999:3343
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Daughters of Darkness (Les lèvres rouges) (Belgium | France | West Germany, 1971)
Directed by Harry Kümel. Cast: Delphine Seyrig, Danielle Ouimet, John Karlen, Andrea Rau. "Le Rouge aux Lèvres is a stylish, fascinating, very erotic vampire film based on Sheridan le Fanu's Camilla, the classic tale of a lesbian vampire. A young married couple, Stefan (John Karlen) and Valerie (Daniele Ouimet), honeymoon at a deserted oceanside resort where they meet Countess Elisabeth Bathory (Delphine Seyrig) and her companion Ilona (Andrea Rau). Valerie has discovered that Stefan is a brutal sexual sadist and is drawn to the Countess because of her warmth and sensuality. Ilona attempts to seduce Stefan but is accidentally killed, and the Countess takes her revenge on his wife." Based on Sheridan le Fanu's Carmilla. [AllMovie Guide] DVD X2651
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Daughters of Lesbos (1968)
Directed by Peter Woodcock. The man-haters club meets weekly for great food, fine wine and wild sexual escapades. When one of the members of the club is assaulted by a peeping Tom, the others, led by Dominique, take the law into their own hands. Special features: Lesbian-loving trailers; Sappho shorts: #1: Lash of the Lesbian, #2: Lesbian apartment party, #3: Lesbian neighbors, #4: She-man surprise, #5: Lesbian bikers, #6: Lesbian coffin sex, #7: Let's make Mary moan, #8: Outdoor lesbian love. 62 min. DVD 2536
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Desert Hearts.(1985)
Directed by Donna Deitch. Cast: Helen Shaver, Patricia Charbonneau, Audra Lindley, Andra Akers. It is 1950s Nevada, and Professor Vivian Bell arrives to get a divorce. She's unsatisfied with her marriage, and feels out of place at the ranch she stays on, she finds herself increasingly drawn to Cay Rivers, an open and self-assured lesbian, and the ranchowner's daughter. The emotions released by their developing intimacy, and Vivian's insecurities about her feelings towards Cay, are played out against a backdrop of rocky landscapes and country and western songs. [from Internet Movie Database] DVD 7641
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Ellen. The Complete Season Four(TV, 1996-1997)
Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Joely Fisher, David Anthony Higgins, Clea Lewis, Jeremy Piven. Includes "The Puppy Episode": "In 1997, Ellen made television history when the title character came out as a lesbian in the famous "Puppy Episode." (DeGeneres herself had come out earlier that year on The Oprah Winfrey Show and in TIME.) To ensure a memorable moment, the coming out scene was made into a gag where, at an airport, Ellen turns and tells Laura Dern "I'm gay!" – only to realize that she had turned right into the intercom microphone, announcing her sexuality to the entire terminal. Ellen DeGeneres' mother Betty can briefly be seen as one of the people in the terminal with a shocked reaction to the announcement. The revelation ignited a storm of controversy, prompting ABC to place a parental advisory at the beginning of each episode. Ellen was successful enough in its early seasons to warrant annual renewal, due largely to DeGeneres' perceived appeal and comic ability, but only with Ellen's coming out did the show make its way into the wide public consciousness and hit a critical plateau. However, after the initial coming out frenzy the show's ratings declined and ABC began feeling the pain of an organized backlash from religious conservative groups regarding the "gay content" being exhibited. The final episodes of Ellen were criticized for focusing too much on gay issues[1],a criticism begun in anti-gay circles but which spread to the mainstream media. Eventually, even some members of the gay community, such as GLAAD media director Chas Bono, began to criticize the show's serious new tone as well.[2] Soon after, ABC pulled the show from the air in May 1998 after five seasons." [Wikipedia] DVD 6645
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Far From Heaven (2002)
Directed by Todd Haynes. Cast: Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson, Viola Davis, James Rebhorn. Cathy (Julianne Moore) is the perfect 50s housewife, living the perfect 50s life: healthy kids, successful husband, social prominence. Then one night she surprises her husband Frank (Dennis Quaid) kissing another man, and her tidy world starts spinning out of control. In her confusion and grief, she finds consolation in the friendship of their African-American gardener, Raymond (Dennis Haysbert) - a socially taboo relationship that leads to the further disintegration of life as she knew it. Despite Cathy and Frank's struggle to keep their marriage afloat, the reality of his homosexuality and her feelings for Raymond open a painful, if more honest, chapter in their lives. 107 min. DVD 1713
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Fire (India / Canada, 1996)
Directed by Deepa Mehta. Cast: Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Kulbushan Kharbanda, Jaaved Jaaferi, Ranjit Chowdhry, Kushal Rekhi. A young woman accepts an arranged marriage into a traditional New Delhi family, but finds herself drawn to her sister-in-law. She falls in love for the first time and the fallout from their affair shakes everyone around her to the core. Banned in India, this film was the first to confront lesbianism in that country. 104 in. DVD 2052; vhs 999:2629
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Fish and Elephant (Jin nian xia tian) (China, 2001)
Directed by Yu Li. Cast: Xiao Qun works at the Beijing Zoo as an elephant keeper, while her lover, Xiao Ling runs a clothes stall in an indoor market. Their relationship comes under fire, however, with the arrival of Qun's divorced mother who, unaware that her daughter is gay, tries to set her up with a man. Further complicating matters is the appearance of Qun's ex-girlfriend, Junjun, now wanted by the police for killing her abusive father. 97 min. DVD 9862
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Gasoline (Benzina) (Italy, 2001)
Directed by Monica Strambrini. Cast: Mariella Valentini, Chiara Conti, Marco Quaglia, Pietro Ragusa, Osvaldo Livio Alzari, Luigi Maria Burruano. Stella and Eleonora are from opposite ends of the social spectrum, but in love. When Eleonora's mom is killed by accident, the two must flee and dispose of the body in order to stay together. 90 min. DVD 4465
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Harris, Sue. "Gasoline" Sight and Sound 14:1 (January 2004) Issue p. 44 UC users only
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Ghosts (Gespenster)(Germany | France, 2005)
Director, Christian Petzold. Cast: Julia Hummer, Sabine Timoteo, Marianne Basler, Aurélien Recoing. Benno Fürmann. Nina is a vulnerable 17-year-old, alone in a world of social workers who run her life. She finds an ally in reckless Toni, a tough young woman who grabs what she wants to survive. Together they experience a fleeting moment of intimacy, an instant of happiness. Meanwhile, Francoise has returned to Berlin where her baby daughter was kidnapped many years previously. In the street she spots Nina and becomes convinced that she has found her long-lost child. 85 min. DVD X6823; DVD X6839 (PAL)
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Go Fish. (1994)
Directed by Rose Troche. Cast: V.S. Brodie, Guinevere Turner, T. Wendy McMillan, Migdalia Melendez. Kia, a professor, speculates with her students about who might be a lesbian in American society. She is involved with Evy and they would like Kia's roommate, Max, to meet a woman. Kia sets her up with Ely, an ex-student of hers who is in the process of terminating a long-distance relationship. They finally go out ona date and everyone insists on getting all the details. DVD X4307
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Greetings from Africa (1994)
Directed by Cheryl Dunye. In this short a lesbian, played by director Dunye, searches for someone to date. Then she meets L, a beautiful woman who leads her in and out of hot water. 8 min. 999:3345
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Heavenly Creatures (UK / Germany / New Zealand, 1994)
Directed by Peter Jackson. Cast:Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent, Clive Merrison, Simon O'Connor. Based on an actual crime, this is the true-life case of two teenage girls, Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme, who were charged with clubbing to death Pauline's mother in Christchurch New Zealand in 1954. The film opens two years before the murder, and follows the friendship as the two become obsessed with each other, retreating into a fantasy life which leads to shocking consequences. 99 min. DVD 9177; vhs 999:1994
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I Shot Andy Warhol. (1996)
Directed by Mary Harron. Starring Lili Taylor, Jared Harris, Stephen Dorff, Lothaire Bluteau, Martha Plimpton, Anna Thompson. A docudrama of the cultural whirlwind of events surrounding Valerie Solanas' shooting of pop-art superstar Andy Warhol. Solanis arrived in mid- 60's New York City with a single-minded mission: to spread the word on female superiority. She became a fringe member of the psychedelic entourage surrounding Andy Warhol but when her feminist zeal grew too bizarre and violent, even for this avant-garde circle, the consequences were explosive. 104 min. DVD 8552; vhs 999:1600
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I, the Worst of All (Yo, la peor de todas) (Argentina, 1990)
Directed by María Luisa Bemberg. Cast: Assumpta Serna, Dominique Sanda, Hector Alterio, Lautaro Murua, Alberto Segado, Franklin Caicedo. This historical drama tells the story of Juana Ines de la Cruz, one of the greatest poets of the Spanish Siglo de Oro. In order to pursue her passion for writing, Juana enters the convent. There, she develops an intimate relationship with the local Vicereine, who inspires her poetry. But when the forces of the Inquisition invade the convent, the women have only each other to turn to. 107 min. DVD 1718; vhs 999:1347
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Imagine Me and You (USA / UK / Germany, 2005)
Directed by Ol Parker. Cast: Piper Perabo, Lena Headey, Matthew Goode, Darren Boyd, Anthony Head. A blushing bride's nuptials take a surprising turn at the altar, when an innocent glance between her and a female guest sparks a love at first sight romance. She is soon forced to choose between her husband and the girl of her dreams. 93 min. DVD 6143
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The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love.(1995)
Directed by Maria Maggenti. Cast: Laurel Holloman, Nicole Parker. A story of two teenagers who unexpectedly experience the excitement, surprise and romantic fantasy of first love. 94 min. DVD X898
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I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (Canada, 1987)
Directed by Patricia Rozema. Cast: Sheila McCarthy, Paule Baillargeon, Ann-Marie MacDonald. "The film stars Sheila McCarthy as Polly, a worker for a temporary secretarial agency. Polly serves as the narrator for the film, and there are frequent sequences portraying her whimsical fantasies. Polly lives alone, seems to have no friends and enjoys solitary bicycle rides to undertake her hobby of photography. Despite being somewhat clumsy, uneducated, socially awkward and inclined to take other's statements literally, all of which has led to scarce employment opportunities, Polly is placed as a secretary in a private art gallery owned by Gabrielle (Paule Baillargeon). Ann-Marie MacDonald plays Mary, who is Gabrielle's former young lover, and also a painter. Mary returns after an absence, and she and Gabrielle rekindle their former relationship despite Gabrielle's misgivings that she is too old and Mary too young. Polly, who's fallen a little bit in love with Gabrielle, is inspired to submit some of her own photographs anonymously to the gallery. She is crushed when Gabrielle dismisses her photos out of hand and calls them "simple minded". Polly temporarily quits the gallery, and goes into a depression. She returns to the gallery, and revives a little when Mary notices one of her photos. Mary and Gabrielle later visit Polly at her flat, and realize that the discarded photographs were by Polly. As the film ends, Gabrielle and Polly look at more of Polly's photographs and in a short fantasy sequence the three are transported together to an idyllic wooded glen." [Wikipedia] 81 min. DVD 4734; vhs 999:3269
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Fuchs, Cindy. "I've Heard the Mermaids Singing." Cineaste, 1988, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p54-55, 2p
Harrison, Marion. ""Mermaids": singing off key?" Cineaction; Spring 1989, Issue 16, p25-30, 6p
Joehne, Karen. "An Interview with Patricia Rozema." Cineaste 16:3 (1988)
Shary, Timothy. " Present personal truths: the alternative phenomenology of video in "I've Heard the Mermaids Singing." Wide Angle, 1993, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p37-55, 19p
Simon, John. "All in the Allegory." National Review; 10/23/1987, Vol. 39 Issue 20, p60-62, 3pUC users only

Je, Tu, Il, Elle (I, you, he, she) (France / Belgium, 1974)
Directed by Chantal Akerman. Julie stays in a virtually bare room writing a long love letter, with which she becomes increasingly frustrated. She hitchhikes along the Brussels highway, where she is picked up by a truck driver. Arriving at the apartment of her former lesbian lover, Julie spends the night but silently leaves the apartment next morning. 90 min. DVD 513; VHS 999:926
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The Journey (Sancharram) (India, 2004)
Directed by Ligy J. Pullappally. Cast: Suhasini V. Nair, Shrruiti Menon, Kpac Lalitha, Valsala Menon, Syam Seethal. Kiran is mortified by her growing lesbian desire for the effervescent Delilah. Despite her love for her best friend, she must marry the boy chosen by her family. When Delilah discovers the truth, the two women begin a secret romance. 107 min. DVD 9511
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Kashish(India, 2003?)
Directors, Meenakshi Rai and Vinay Rai. Story of two girls who fall in love and begin a lesbian relationship. The first film produced in India that deals with lesbianism. 32 min. DVD X928

The Kids Are All Right (2010)
Director, Lisa Cholodenko. Cast: Annette Bening, Josh Hutcherson, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska. Nic and Jules are in a long term, committed, loving but by no means perfect relationship. Nic, a physician, needs to wield what she believes is control, whereas Jules, under that control, is less self-assured. They have two teen-aged children, Joni, who is Nic's biological child, and Laser, who is Jules' biological child. A big-hearted, sexy and uproariously funny movie that combines comedic surprise with poignant emotional truth. 107 min. DVD X5007
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Awards
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy; Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (Annette Bening)

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The Killing of Sister George. (1969)
Director, Robert Aldrich. Cast: Beryl Reid, Susannah York, Coral Browne, Ronald Fraser, Patricia Medina. George lives with her lover, Childie and plays a cheerful nurse in a BBC soap opera. When she finds out that her character is about to be killed off, George realizes that the only other job she can get is the voice of a cow in a children's television program. Her life begins to fall apart when Childie has an affair with a predatory television producer. Based on the play by Frank Marcus. 160 min. DVD X790; vhs 999:2427
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Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)
Directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld. Cast: Jennifer Westfeldt, Heather Juergensen, Scott Cohen, Jackie Hoffman, Tovah Feldshuh. Fed up with her fruitless search for "Mr. Right" and tired of blind dates from hell, attractive journalist Jessica Stein whimsically responds to a classified ad--from Helen! Making and breaking new rules of dating as they go, the two women muddle through an earnest but hilarious courtship that blurs the lines between friendship and romantic love. 97 min. DVD 2543
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The L Word. (TV series)
Cast: Jennifer Beals, Laurel Holloman, Eric Mabius, Pam Grier. See TV videography of holdings

Late Bloomers (1996)
Directed by Julia Dyer. Cast: Connie Nelson, Dee Hennigan, Gary Carter, Lisa Peterson, Esteban Powell, Joe Nemmers. A romantic comedy in which high school basketball coach Dinah Groshardt falls for school secretary Carly Lumpkin, creating uproar from classroom to locker room and from the principal's office to the PTA. 104 min. DVD 1909
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Lips of Blood (Lèvres de sang) (France, 1975)
Directed by Jean Rollin. Cast: Jean-Loup Phillipe, Annie Brilland, Natalie Perrey. A young man is plagued by visions of a castle and a ghostly woman in white, visions which eventually lead him to a cemetery of female vampires whom he releases onto the city of Paris. This explicit oedipal fantasy is crammed full of dark dungeons, lesbian sex, coffins, and surreal vampires. 90 min. DVD X6871
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Lost and Delirious (2001)
Directed by Léa Pool. Cast: Piper Perabo, Jessica Pare, Mischa Barton. Mouse Bradford has just arrived at Perkins Girls College, leaving behind her father, stepmother and the small town where she grew up. Her two senior roommates, the striking, sharp-witted Pauline and the charming and beautiful Tory, quickly adopt Mouse, who has lost her mother. When Pauline and Tory are found to be lovers, Mouse is caught in the role of accomplice and confessor and is left torn between her two friends. Based on the novel 'The Wives of Bath' by Susan Swan. 104 min. DVD X1128
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Love Ltd. (2000)
Directed by Jennifer Phang. Cast: Lynne Bolen, Deondray Gossett, Keisuke Hoashi, Michelle Ingkavet, Dennis Lau, Emil Lin. Dinner at the Lee household becomes heart-wrenching when a gay sister and brother each try to come out to their mother. A story about coming to terms with one's sexuality...a family's inability to communicate and its inevitable consequences. 24 min. Video/C MM1125
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Mädchen in Uniform (Germany, 1931)
Director, Leotine Sagan. Cast: Emilia Unda, Dorothea Wieck, Hedwig Schlichter, Hertha Thiele, Ellen Schwannecke. A girl at a strict boarding school for the daughters of Prussian army officers falls in love with one of the teachers. She is isolated from the rest of the students by the headmistress and is driven from her unhappiness to attempt suicide. 89 min. DVD X6480 (with English subtitles); DVD X6144 (without English subtitles); vhs 999:350 (English subtitles
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Mulholland Drive(1996)
Directed by David Lynch. Cast: Cast: Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, Laura Elena Harring, Ann Miller, Dan Hedaya, Mark Pellegrino, Brent Briscoe, Robert Forster. A beautiful woman riding in a limosine along Los Angeles' Mulholland Drive is targeted by a would-be shooter, but before he can pull the trigger, she is injured when her limo is hit by another car. The woman stumbles away from the accident and meets up with a plucky ingenue new to L.A. But are things really as they seem? 147 min. DVD 1349
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Murder and Murder(1996)
Directed by Yvonne Rainer. Cast: Joanna Merlin, Kathleen Chalfant, Catherine Kellner, Isa Thomas, Novella Nelson. Film begins with a 63-year-old woman, who, after being married, having a daughter and now a granddaughter, then living alone for 15 years (and seeming to like enters into a lesbian relationship with another woman. Other lesbian relationships are portrayed as well, some of which, as the title implies, deteriorate into murder. 113 min. DVD 4235; vhs 999:1978
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My Father Is Coming (Germany, 1990)
Directed by Monika Treut. Cast: Alfred Edel, Shelley Kastner, Annie Sprinkle, Mary Lou Graulau, Dominique Gaspar, Flora Gaspar, David Bronstein, Michael Massee, Fakir Musafar, Mario de Colombia. Vicky, an out of work German actress in New York City, finds out she is about to receive a visit from her Bavarian father who mistakenly believes that she is happy, successful and married. Vicky attempts to fool her father by persuading her gay male roommate to pose as her husband. Vicky's world quickly collapses when her father inadvertently lands a role in a prime-time television commercial, and begins to have his own sexual adventures. In the wake of her father's new-found pleasures, Vicky also begins new experiences, slipping into a lesbian affair and a relationship with a female-to-male transsexual. 81 min. 999:2890
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Neurosia: Who Shot Rosa von Praunheim? (Neurosia - 50 Jahre pervers) (Germany, 1995)
Directed by Rosa von Praunheim. After gay filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim is murdered onstage hosting a tribute to himself, an intrepid tabloid reporter is assigned to find the motive -- and the body. Her search into Rosa's life carries her from Germany to New York, from angry ex-lovers to dark sex clubs, where she soon discovers everyone wanted to kill Rosa! 87 min. 999:3186
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Nina's Heavenly Delights (UK, 2006)
Directed by Pratibha Parmar. Cast: Laura Fraser, Art Malik, Ronnie Jhutti, Veena Sood, Shelley Conn. A young woman must take over her father's Indian restaurant and compete in The Best of the West Curry Competition. When Nina then falls in love with the beautiful Lisa, she begins to question a world that has been thrown into sudden turmoil. Now she wonders if her feelings will ever be reciprocated and if they are, what will this mean for Nina and her family? 94 min. DVD 8743
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Novembermond (November Moon) (West Germany | France, 1985)
Directed by Alexandra von Grote. Cast: Gabriele Osberg, Christiane Millet, Danièle Delorme, Bruno Pradal. A timeless and compelling love story set against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied France. On the brink of war and in the face of escalating anti-Jewish activity, November has fled her native Germany for the relative safety of Paris. She meets and falls in love with Férial, a fiercely patriotic French woman. 106 min. DVD X2757
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Pandora's Box.(Germany, 1929)
Directed by G.W. Pabst. Cast: Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Franz Lederer, Carl Goetz, Krafft-Raschig, Alice Roberts; Daisy d'Ora, Gustav Diessl. Lulu, an effervescent chorus girl ... destroys everyone she comes in contact with before she is murdered by Jack the Ripper. Features "What is probably the first explicitly drawn lesbian character on film. ...Pabst explores the personality of [Lulu's lesbian admirer, Countess] Geschwitz with great range, manipulating the performance of Alice Roberts to achieve a believable women with a lesbian nature." (Russo, Celluloid Closet, pp 24-25). DVD special features: Four musical scores, each offering its own interpretation of the film; Audio commentary by film scholars Thomas Elsaesser and Mary Ann Doane; "Louise Brooks: looking for Lulu" (1998), a 60-minute documentary by Hugh Munro Neeley; "Lulu in Berlin" (1971), a rare, 48-minute interview with Louise Brooks by verite documentarian Richard Leacock and Susan Steinberg Woll; New video interviews with Leacock, about Brooks, and Michael Pabst the director's son; Stills gallery; Book featuring Kenneth Tynan's 1979 essay "The girl in the black helmet," an article by Louise Brooks on her relationship with Pabst, and a new essay by critic J. Hoberman. DVD 6629; 999:31
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Peach. (New Zealand, 1995)
Directed by Christine Parker. Cast: Tania Simon, Lucy Lawless, Joel Tobeck. Lucy Lawless is a truck driver who is attracted to a young Maori woman. 16 min. DVD 3615
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Salmonberries (Germany, 1990)
Directed by Percy Adlon. Cast: k.d.lang, Rosel Zech, Chuck Connors, Jane Lind, Oscar Kawagley, Wolfgang Steinberg. The story takes place in Kotzebue, a small town in northwest Alaska. A 20-year old, whose name is also Kotzebue, is in search of her parents and herself when she meets Roswitha, a middle-aged librarian from East Berlin. Twenty years ago Roswitha's husband was killed as they made their escape from East Berlin. A friendship develops between Kotz and Roswitha as they search for the truth about their respective pasts. Preceded by a music video (ca. 4 min.) by k.d. lang and followed by previews of other lesbian and gay films. 95 min. DVD X4840; vhs 999:3230
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Saving Face (2004)
Directed by Alice Wu. Cast: Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec , Lynn Chen, Jin Wang, Guang Lan Koh, Jessica Hecht, Ato Essandoh. Wilhelmina is a Chinese-American lesbian and a young surgeon who has kept her sexual orientation secret from her conservative Chinese community in New York. But when her widowed mother becomes pregnant and is kicked out by her own parents, Wil suddenly has to juggle her mother's secrets with her own. Wil has a new romance with Vivian who is a ballet dancer and the daughter of Wil's boss. 98 min. DVD 6142
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Metzger, Sean. "Saving Face, or the Future Perfect of Queer Chinese/American Cinema?" In: Futures of Chinese cinema: technologies and temporalities in Chinese screen cultures / edited by Olivia Khoo and Sean Metzger. p223-240, 17p Full-text available online (UC Berkeley users only)
Wong, Nicholas. "Saving Face: Unveiling or Covering Up Asian American Experiences?" Asian Cinema; Fall/Winter2010, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p254-267, 14p,

She Hate Me (1991)
Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Ellen Barkin, Monica Bellucci, Jim Brown, Brian Dennehy. Executive John Henry Jack Armstrong gets fired when he informs on his bosses' business dealings. Desperate to make a living, he accepts his lesbian ex-girlfriend's offer for cash to impregnate her and soon he has a line seeking his services. 138 min. DVD 3719

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She Must Be Seeing Things (1987)
Directed by Sheila McLaughlin. Cast: Sheila Dabney, Lois Weaver, Kyle De Camp, John Erdman. A lesbian lawyer fears that her lover, a filmmaker, may turn to heterosexuality. After reading her diary, she disguises herself as a man and jealously "shadows" her lover. 95 min. 999:2287
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Show Me Love (Fucking Åmål) (Sweden, 1998)
Directed by Lukas Moodysson. Cast: Alexandra Dahlstrom, Rebecca Liljeberg, Erica Carlson, Mathias Rust. Story of Agnes and Elin and their teenage friends growing up in the small town of Amal, Sweden. When Elin shows up at Agnes' birthday party, Elin's life takes an unexpected turn. Stuck in the middle of two love interests, Elin tried to come to terms with her real self, and the courage it takes to be different. 89 min. DVD 1860
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Morris, Gary. "The Kids Are All Right: Show Me Love." Bright Lights Film Journal, vol. 27, pp. (no pagination), Winter 2000.
Mousoulis, Bill. "Show Me Love." Senses of Cinema, vol. 11, pp. (no pagination), December 2000.
Spencer, Liese. "Show me Love/Fucking Amal.(Review)." Sight and Sound 10.3 (March 2000): 52(2).

Silkwood (1983)
Directed by Mike Nichols. Cast: Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, Craig T. Nelson, Diana Scarwid, Fred Ward, Ron Silver. Based on a true story. Karen Silkwood (Meryl Streep), a hard-living metallurgy worker at the Kerr-McGee Cimarron Fuel Fabrication Site (near Crescent, Oklahoma), shares a ramshackle house with two co-workers, her boyfriend Drew Stephens (Kurt Russell) and her lesbian friend Dolly Pelliker (Cher). In addition to working tedious hours making plutonium fuel rods for nuclear reactors and dealing with the constant threat of exposure to radiation, her time is consumed by an ongoing battle waged against her former common law husband in an effort to have more time with their three children. In the little leisure time she has, she enjoys drinking and indulging in recreational drug use. When Karen Silkwood becomes contaminated with plutonium at her job and voices her protest at the indifference and denial of her company, she becomes a threat to the entire nuclear industry and the government agencies that monitor it. 131 min. DVD 8913
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Ephron, Nora. Silkwood : [screenplay] / by Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen. United States : [s.n.], 1982. (Pacific Film Archive PN1997.S544 E6 1982)
Rashke, Richard L. The killing of Karen Silkwood : the story behind the Kerr-McGee plutonium case / Richard Rashke. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1981 (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt KF228.S54 .R37)

Bonavoglia, Angela. "Silkwood." Cineaste, 1984, Vol. 13 Issue 3, p38-40, 3p
Hirsch, Linda. "Silkwood Omits Much." Sojourner: The Women's Forum, Feb1984, Vol. 9 Issue 6, p19-19,
"The Silkwood Mystery" Progressive, Feb84, Vol. 48 Issue 2, p38-38, 3/4p

The Silence (Tystnaden) (Sweden, 1963)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. A forceful narrative of two sisters; one is a frustrated lesbian with no future, the other a free-loving mother of a 10-year old boy. This third film of Bergman's religious trilogy, centers on the love/hate relationship between these two sisters. DVD special features: Exploring the film: video discussion with Ingmar Bergman biographer Peter Cowie; poster gallery for the trilogy films; essay by film scholar Leo Braudy; original U.S. theatrical trailer95 min. DVD 1853; vhs 999:1048
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Skin Deep (Canada, 1997)
Directed by Midi Onodera. Cast: Natsuko Ohama, Keram Malicki-Sanchez, Dana Brooks, Melanie Nicholls-King, David Crean. Alex, a lesbian film maker with help from her sexy assistant/lover Montana, has completed a critically acclaimed first feature. When Alex decides to make a film on body art, she places an ad in a local tattoo magazine for production help. Chris, a young woman with a male personality responds. Alex becomes so fixated with her project that she begins to poach Chris' experiences for her script. Blinded by ambition, Alex fails to recognize Chris' growing infatuation for her until everything spirals dangerously out of control. 82 min. 999:2107
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Strange Fruit (2004)
Director, Kyle Schickner. Cast: Kent Faulcon, Berlinda Tolbert, David Raibon, Ron Bottitta, Christopher May, Leon Morenzie, Sam Jones. A successful New York lawer and gay African American man comes home to rural Louisiana to investigate the lynching death of the also gay childhood friend. 88 min. DVD X6114
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Taboo Parlor (1999)
Director, Monika Treut. Part of the film anthology, Erotique. A story about a lesbian couple who pick up a man, leading to a night of uncontrollable desires where only the strong survive. DVD 2517
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Therèse and Isabelle(1972)
Director, Radley Metzger. Cast: Essy Persson, Anna Gael. Told in a flashback form, this is the story of Therese who is sent to an all-girl school when her mother marries a man who dislikes children. Here she meets Isabelle and the two become fast friends. After they experience unfulfilling and often brutal sexual encounters with men, the two turn to each other and become lesbian lovers. 118 min. DVD DVD X4828; vhs 999:3122
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Morris, Gary. "Radley Metzger on DVD." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only
Morris, Gary. "Thoughts on Radley Metzger." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only
Testa, Bart. "Soft-Shaft Opportunism: Radley Metzger's Erotic Kitsch." Spectator - The University of Southern California Journal of Film and Television 19:2 (Spring-Summer 1999) p. 40-57 p. 40-57 UC users only

These Three. (1936)
Directed by William Wyler. Cast: Miriam Hopkins, Merle Oberon, Joel McCrea, Walter Brennan, Bonita Granville. A lie told by a spiteful student has profound effects on the lives of her teachers and the local doctor. A powerful story of gossip and suspicion which destroys the lives of innocent people. Adapted by Lillian Hellman from her Broadway play, The Children's Hour. 93 min. 999:2066
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Westbrook, Brett Elizabeth. "The Lesbian Vanishes." Bright Lights Issue 28
Westbrook, Brett Elizabeth. "The Children's Hour." Bright Lights Issue 28

Tipping the Velvet (BBC TV, 2002)
Directed by Geoffrey Sax. Cast: Keeley Hawes, Rachael Stirling, Anna Chancellor, Jodhi May, Hugh Bonneville, John Bowe. Set in the 1890's, this frank depiction of lesbianism in Victorian England tells the story of a love affair between a music hall male impersonator and a young woman smitten by the music hall life. 178 min. DVD 2365
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Totally F***ed Up (1994)
Directed by Gregg Araki. Cast: James Duval, Roko Belic, Susan Behshid, Jenee Gill, Gilbert Luna, Lance May. The story of the troubled world of gay and lesbian teenagers who hang around empty parking structures and deserted car washes and agonize about drugs, sex, dating, suicide, violence, family and gay identity. 85 min. 999:3363
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Moran, James M. "Gregg Araki: Guerrilla Film-Maker for a Queer Generation." Film Quarterly Oct 1996, Vol. 50, No. 1: 18-26. UC users only

Unveiled (Fremde Haut) (Germany, 2005)
Director, Angelina Maccarone. Cast: Jasmin Tabatabai, Anneke Kim Sarnau. Persecuted in Iran because of her love for another woman, Fariba assumes the identity of a man to gain temporary asylum in Germany. She becomes close with fellow worker Anne only to face danger again when told she must return to Iran. System Details 95 min min. DVD X5353
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The Vampire Lovers (1970)
Directed by Roy Ward Baker. Cast: Ingrid Pitt, George Cole, Kate O'Mara, Peter Cushing, Ferdy Mayne, Douglas Wilmer, Madeline Smith, Dawn Addams. Adapted from J. Sheridan Le Fanu's story "Carmilla" by Harry Fine, Tudor Gates, and Michael Style. 91 min. DVD X3719
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Virgin Machine (Die Jungfrauenmaschine) (USA / West Germany, 1988)
Written and directed by Monika Treut. Cast: Ina Blum, Marcelo Uriona, Gad Klein, Peter Kern, Dominique Gaspar, Susie Sexpert, Shelly Mars. Initially intending to write a story, a young journalist researches and tries to find romantic love in Hamburg. When her attempts seem fruitless, she tries her luck in San Francisco, where the search becomes more personal. There she is introduced to San Francisco's lesbian scene, discovers her own sexuality, and remains convinced, despite a minor setback, that romantic love can be found. 86 min. DVD 1866; vhs 999:1295
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The Watermelon Woman (1996)
Written and directed by Cheryl Dunye. Cast: Cheryl Dunye, Guinevere Turner, Valarie Walker, Lisa Marie Bronson. Cheryl, a young black woman working in a video store, is making a documentary about an obscure black actress from the 1930's. When she discovers that the actress (known as "the Watermelon Woman") had a white lesbian lover, Cheryl finds a white women lover for herself. 79 min. DVD 3614; vhs 999:1830
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Women In Revolt (1971)
Directed by Paul Morrissey. Produced by Paul Morrissey, Andy Warhol. Cast: Candy Darling, Jackie Curtis, Holly Woodlawn, Michael Sklar. Trans-gendered actresses play a trio of women who launch a revolutionary feminist group called PIGS (Politically Involved Girls). The three very different women (a slut, a housewife and a socialite) attempt to free themselves from their respective ruts, only to end up either exploited, derelict or abandoned. 97 min. DVD 3115
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Phillips, John. Transgender on screen / John Phillips. Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.T69 P35 2006)

Agnes und seine Brüder (Agnes and His Brothers) (Germany, 2004)
Directed by Oskar Roehler. Cast: Martin Weiss, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Katja Riemann, Tom Schilling, Susan Anbeh, Vadim Glowna, Margit Carstensen. Agnes, a transsexual, and her brothers, Hans-Jorg, a sex addict/meek librarian, and Werner, a successful politician with a slowly self-destructing family, have little in common except an eccentric father and relationships totally screwing up their lives! 115 min. DVD X3378
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Beautiful Boxer (Thailand, 2003)
Directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham. Cast: Asanee Suwan, Sorapong Chatree, Orn-anong Panyawong, Kyoko Inoue, Sitiporn Niyom. Based on the true story of Thailand's famed transvestite kickboxer, this action drama punches straight into the heart and mind of a boy who fights like a man so he can become a woman. Believing he's a girl trapped in a boy's body since childhood, Parinya Charoenphol (affectionately known as Nong Toom in Thailand) sets out to master the most masculine and lethal sport of Muay Thai (Thai boxing) to earn a living and to achieve his ultimate goal of a sex-change operation. Funny and packed with breathtaking Thai kickboxing sequences, the film traces Nong Toom's childhood, teenage life as a traveling monk, and grueling days in boxing camps. 118 min. DVD 1948
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Boys Don't Cry (1999)
Directed by Kimberly Peirce. Cast: Hilary Swank, Chloe Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III. Based on a true story of a teenager, Teena Brandon, who altered her appearance to appear as a man and assumed the name Brandon Teena. She moved to a tiny Nebraska town and made new friends under her new identity. All went well until her new friends discovered her secret with shocking consequences. 118 min. DVD 4132
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Actress (Hilary Swank)
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actress (Hilary Swank)
Golden Globes, USA - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama (Hilary Swank)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actress (Hilary Swank); Best Supporting Actress (Chloë Sevigny)
National Board of Review, USA - Breakthrough Performance, Female (Hilary Swank); Oustanding Directorial Debut (Kimberly Peirce)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Supporting Actress (Chloë Sevigny)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress (Hilary Swank)

The Brandon Teena Story

Breakfast on Pluto (Ireland / UK, 2002)
Directed by Neil Jordan. Cast: Cillian Murphy, Stephen Rea, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Neeson. As foster kid Patrick 'Kitten' Braden grows up, he leaves behind his small-town life in Ireland for London, where he's reborn as a transvestite cabaret singer in the 1960s and 70s. 129 min. DVD 5445
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The Crying Game. (UK / Japan, 1992)
Writer/director, Neil Jordan. Cast: Stephen Rea, Miranda Richardson, Jaye Davidson, Forest Whitaker. A haunting, humorous and shocking romantic thriller about Irish terrorists in the Irish Republican Army, their hostage and the hostage's exotic girlfriend. 112 min. DVD 1177; vhs 999:1484
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film
London Critics Circle Film Awards - British Director of the Year
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Film
National Board of Review, USA - Most Auspicious Debut (Jaye Davidson)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actor (Stephen Rea)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Screenplay; Best Supporting Actress (Miranda Richardson)

Dog Day Afternoon. (1975)
Directed by Sidney Lumet. Cast: Al Pacino, John Cazale, James Broderick, Charles Durning. Based upon true events, a New York man and two accomplices are besieged in a bank with all the bank employees after his attempt to rob enough money to pay for his male lover's sex change operation goes awry. What results is a two day media circus in which his private life and the humiliation of the police is laid bare for the whole city. (from Internet Movie Database) 125 min. DVD 6355; vhs 999:965
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Dressed to Kill (1980)
Directed by Brian De Palma. Cast: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon, Dennis Franz. A transsexual murders one of his psychiatrist's patients, and now he's after the prostitute who witnessed it. DVD 8949; VHS 999:126
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Farinelli, il Castrato (Belgium / France / Italy / USA, 1994)
Directed by Gérard Corbiau. Cast: Stefano Dionisi, Enrico Lo Verso, Elsa Zylberstein, Jeroen Krabbé. The true story of a world famous castrato in the 18th century. With charisma, talent, drive and success, Farinelli had everything: money, talent, fame, women, and the voice of an angel. He becomes obsessed with earning the respect of his brother's rival, the composer Handel. 110 min. DVD X1393
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Awards
Golden Globes, USA - Best Foreign Language Film

The Great Madcap (El Gran Calavera) (Mexico, 1949)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Fernando Soler, Rosario Granados. Andrés Soler, Rubén Rojo, Gustavo Rojo, Maruja Grifell, Francisco Jambrina, Luis Alcoriza. A wealthy Mexican family attempts to change the spending habits of their hedonistic father by telling him that his large fortune is gone and assuming a life of poverty. The father discovers the deception, but continues to feign ignorance while sneaking off during the day to conduct his still thriving business. This satirical film explores the themes of transsexual humor, sexuality in advertising, the working class' comical exploitation of the ruling classes, and the link between Christian evangelism and hard-sell advertising. Based on the play by Adolfo Torrado. 90 min. DVD X4743; vhs 999:1063
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2000)
Director, John Cameron Mitchell. Cast: John Cameron Mitchell, Andrea Martin, Michael Pitt, Miriam Shor. Based on the smash hit New York show, this is a high-energy rock musical in the tradition of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. "Hedwig, born a boy named Hansel in East Berlin, fell in love with an American G.I. and underwent a sex-change operation in order to marry him and flee to the West. Unfortunately, nothing worked out quite as it was supposed to - years later, Hedwig is leading her rock band on a tour of the U.S., telling her life story through a series of concerts at Bilgewater Inn seafood restaurants. Her tour dates coincide with those of arena-rock star Tommy Gnosis, a wide-eyed boy who once loved Hedwig... but then left with all her songs." [IMDB] 91 min. DVD 1148
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Awards

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - New Generation Award (John Cameron Mitchell)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Debut Director
San Francisco International Film Festival - Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature
Sundance Film Festival - Audience Award, Dramatic; Directing Award, Dramatic

M Butterfly. (1993)
Director, David Cronenberg. Cast: Jeremy Irons, John Lone, Barbara Sukowa, Ian Richardson. Inspired by a true story a French diplomat and a Beijing Opera star carry on a love affair over 20 years until the diplomat discovers he cannot believe anything about the beguiling singer. He learns she is a spy and that is not the only secret she hides. Based on the play by David Henry Hwang. Special features: David Cronenberg discusses M Butterfly ; theatrical trailer. 101 min. DVD X4308; vhs 999:1115
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Ma Vie en Rose (My Life In Pink) (France / Belgium / UK, 1997)
Directed by Alain Berliner. Cast: Michele Laroque, Jean-Philippe Ecoffey, Helene Vincent, Georges Du Fresne, Daniel Hanssens, Laurence Bibot, Jean-Francois Gallotte, Caroline Baehr, Julien Riviere, Marie Bunel. With six-year-old certainty, Ludovic believes he was meant to be a little girl and that the mistake will soon be corrected. Instead of the miraculous, Ludo finds rejection, isolation and guilt as the intense reactions of family, friends, and neighbors strip away every innocent lace and bauble. 89 min. DVD 960
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Awards
Golden Globes, USA - Best Foreign Language Film

Mi Querida Señorita (Spain, 1972)
Directed by Jaime de Armiñán. In this romantic drama Lopez Vazquez plays the double role of a man and a woman (Juan/Adela). Adela, an old maid who spends all her time doing works of charity becomes engaged to a local businessman, but is disgusted by his advances. Disturbed by this, she seeks psychiatric help and the doctor tells her that she is, in fact, a man. Adela, horrified, cannot bear to return to her village so takes up life in Madrid as Juan. Her identification papers list her as a woman, and she must improvise in order to survive. In Spanish without titles. PAL format. 60 min. 999:1939
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Norang mori 2: tal i toego sipotso (Yellow Hair 2: I Wanted to be a Moon) (Korea, 2001)
Directed by Yu-min Kim. This film is a semi-biographical account of model Ha Ri-su's life. She is Korea's first high profile transgender. Here she plays Jae, a transgendered woman in search of true love but facing overwhelming obstacles. The other woman, Wy, is more concerned with money than love. 109 min. DVD 1511

Orlando(UK / Russia / France / Italy / Netherlands, 1992)
Directed by Sally Potter. Cast: Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Lothaire Bluteau, John Wood, Charlotte Valandrey, Heathcote Williams, Quentin Crisp. Orlando, an English nobleman, defies the laws of nature with surprising results. Immortal and highly imaginative, he undergoes a series of extraordinary transformations that humorously, hauntingly illustrate the eternal war between the sexes. Based on the book by Virginia Woolf. DVD 2364; VHS 999:1327
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Elvira Notari Prize (Sally Potter)

Romeos. (Germany, 2011)
Directed by Sabine Bernardi. Cast: Maximilian Befort, Rick Okon, Liv Lisa Fries, Felix Brocke. Lukas, 20, is a prisoner in his own body. As a pre-op transgendered person, he is constantly finding himself trapped in uncomfortable, compromising positions. His best friend Ine introduces him to the gay scene in Cologne, where he meets the confident and gorgeous Fabio. The two develop a romantic relationship that tests the boundaries of love. 94 min. DVD X6887
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Transamerica. (2005)
Directed by Duncan Tucker. Cast: Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Fionnula Flanagan, Burt Young, Elizabeth Pena, Graham Greene. Bree Osborne, a pre-operative transsexual, learns she fathered a child back when she was Stanley Osborne. The wheels of fortune take Bree and her teenaged son on a cross-country trip that will change both their lives. 104 min. DVD 5637
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Caster, Peter; Andrew, Allison. "Transgender Nation: Crossing Borders and Queering Space in "Transamerica."" English Language Notes, Fall/Winter2007, Vol. 45 Issue 2, p133-139, 7p UC users only
Dalton, Mary M. "From Dad to Mom : Transgendered Motherhood in Transamerica." In: Motherhood misconceived : representing the maternal in U.S. films / edited by Heather Addison, Mary Kate Goodwin-Kelly, Elaine Roth. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks HQ759 .M8745 2009)
Gagne, N. V. "Transamerica." Cineaste v. 31 no. 3 (Summer 2006) p. 56-7UC users only
Williams, L. R. "My father, the heroine." Sight & Sound v. ns16 no. 4 (April 2006) p. 42-3, 78UC users only

Rocky Horror Picture Show. (1975)
Directed by Jim Sharman. Cast: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien. A mixture of fantastical rock opera and horror movie spoof, this film begins when a couple of ordinary, clean-cut kids have car trouble one dark rainy night and knock on the door of a looming gothic mansion. Once inside, the couple is stunned to learn that they have stumbled into an ongoing convention of kinky characters, hosted by the dominating, dynamic Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a mad scientist from the planet Transsexual. "As a catatalog and spoof of old monster movies and science fiction films, Rocky Horror becomes almost dizzying in its references, but its most expert satire is of the age-old fear with which straight society encounters deviant sexuality." (Russo, The Celluloid Closet, p. 52-53. DVD 5692; 999:1002
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

The Wolf's Mouth (La boca del lupo) (Italy, 2009)
Directed by Pietro Marcello. Cast: Vincenzo Motta, Mary Monaco. A touching tale of an enduring love found in the most improbable of places. The unlikely romance begins in prison, where Enzo, a macho hardman serving a long stretch for shooting a police officer, meets Mary Monaco, a transsexual inmate serving time for prostitution, who works in the laundry repairing clothes. Falling for each other, Mary promises to wait for Enzo once she gets out of prison. When she is released, Mary finds a home for them to share, but in the meantime, she becomes addicted to heroin. 76 min. DVD X6323
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The World According to Garp (1982)
Directed by George Roy Hill. Cast: Cast: Robin Williams, Mary Beth Hurt, Glenn Close, John Lithgow. John Lithgow is ex-pro footballer transsexual. 134 min. vhs 999:2674
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The World Unseen (South Africa | UK, 2007)
Directed by Shamim Sarif. Cast: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Parvin Dabas, Nandana Sen, Grethe Fox, David Dennis, Colin Moss. In the pressure cooker of apartheid South Africa, free-spirited Amina meets Miriam, a traditional wife and mother. Their unexpected attraction pushes Miriam to question the rules that bind her, forcing both women to face outrage and violent disapproval. Based on the novel by Shamim Sarif. 94 min. DVD X3476
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In a Year of Thirteen Moons (In Einem Jahr Mit 13 Monden)(West Germany, 1978)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Volker Spengler, Ingrid Caven, Gottfried John, Elisabeth Trissenaar, Eva Mattes. Erwin Weishaupt gets a sex change operation to please the boyfriend who no longer loves him. Now, as Elvira, he/she resents the change. 119 min. DVD 2538; vhs 999:1675
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XXY(Argentina / France / Spain, 2007)
Directed by Lucía Puenzo. Cast: Ricardo Darín, Valeria Bertuccelli, Germán Palacios, Carolina Pelleritti, Martín Piroyansky, Inés Efron. The dramatic story of a 15-year-old hermaphrodite, born with what the doctors call 'ambiguous genitalia,' whose parents moved from Buenos Aires to an isolated cabin outside of Piriápolis, Uruguay, to protect their child from prejudice. Based on the story "Cinismo" by Sergio Bizzio. Special feature: This month's short film : The Pick-up artist / director, Steffen Weinert (13 min., in German with English subtitles). 91 min. DVD X1015
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Movies Involving Cross-dressing/Drag/Gender Confusion

Bergh, Patricia A. "No Body's Perfect: Men Playing Women." West Virginia University Philological Papers, vol. 48, pp. 133-39, 2001 UC users only
Bonner, Frances. "Forgetting Linda: Women Cross-Dressing in Recent Cinema." Continuum, Volume 12, Issue 3 November 1998 , pages 267 - 277 UC users only
Reed, Lori. "Beyond the (Gender) Bend: sexual, gender, and bodily transgression in film and culture." Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, Volume 18, Issue 2 August 1997 , pages 279 - 299 UC users only
Straayer, Chris. "Redressing the 'Natural': The Temporary Transvestite Film." In: Film genre reader III. / edited by Barry Keith Grant. Austin, Tex. : University of Texas Press,, 2003. (Grad Svcs PN1995.F45793 2003; Main Stack PN1995.F45793 2003; Moffitt PN1995.F45793 2003; PFA PN1995.9.G4.F4 2003)

Actor's Revenge (Yukinojo henge)(aka Revenge of a Kabuki Actor; The Revenge of Ukeno-Jo; The Revenge of Yuki-No-Jo) (Japan, 1963)
Director, Kon Ichikawa. Cast: Kazuo Hasegawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Ayako Wakao, Ganjiro Nakamura. While performing in a touring kabuki troop, leading female impersonator Yukinojo comes across the three men who drove his parents to suicide twenty years earlier, and plans his revenge on them. Based on the story by Mikami Otokichi. 113 min. DVD X3093; vhs 999:2025
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The Adult Version of Jekyll & Hyde (1971)
Director L. Ray Monde. When slimy stud Dr. Chris Leeder takes possession of Dr. Jekyll's ancient notebook, he quickly becomes obsessed with the murderous sex crimes of the original Mr. Hyde. The demented doc mixes the potion and promptly turns into ... "Miss Hide," a sexy homicidal nymphomaniac. After enjoying a lesbian romp and the sadistic slaughter of a drunken sailor, Miss Hide decides to pay a visit to Leeder's fiancee and permanently cancel the wedding. 91 min. DVD 218

Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. (Australia, 1994)
Directed by Stephan Elliott. [See above section for description] 102 min. DVD 2204
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Krimmer, Elisabeth. "Nobody Wants to Be A Man Anymore? Cross-Dressing in American Movies ofthe 90's." In: Subverting masculinity : hegemonic and alternative versions of masculinity in contemporary culture Edited by Russell West and Frank Lay. Amsterdam ; Atlanta : Rodopi, c 2000. (Anthropology HQ1090.S83 2000; Main Stack HQ1090.S83 2000)

Another Fine Mess(1930)
Directed by James Parrott. Cast: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Homeless, penniless and one step ahead of the police, Stanley and Oliver take refuge in the home of big-game hunter Colonel Buckshot while the owner is on safari. When Lord and Lady Plumtree call to enquire about renting the house, Oliver pretends to be Colonel Buckshot, while Stanley masquerades as both butler and maid. All goes as well as can be expected, with Lady Plumtree and Stanley, in his guise as "Agnes," engaging in girl talk, until the real Colonel Buckshot returns unexpectedly. DVD 6031; vhs 999:1309
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As You Like It
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Babes on Broadway (1941)
Directed by Busby Berkeley. Cast: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Fay Bainter, Virginia Weidler, Ray McDonald, Richard Quine, Donald Meek, Alexander Woollcott. One of the famous old musicals that combines captivating music and lavish production numbers by the master, Busby Berkeley. Mickey Rooney does a Carmen Miranda, and Judy Garland does a boy impression. 118 min. DVD 8479
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Bad Education (La Mala Educacion) (1999)
Directed by Pedro Almodovar. [See above section for description] 105 min. DVD 3714
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The Ballad of Little Jo (1993)
Directed by Maggie Greenwald. Cast: Suzy Amis, Bo Hopkins, Ian McKellen, David Chung, Rene Auberjonois, Carrie Snodgress. Based on a true story, this is the tale of Josephine Monaghan, a young woman of the mid-19th century who is thrown out of her parents' home after being seduced by the family's portrait photographer and giving birth to an illegitimate child. Josephine quickly learns that young, female, pretty, and alone are a bad combination for life in the wild west. In her desperation to survive, Josephine disguises herself as "Jo", a young man, and struggles to make a life for herself in a dingy frontier mining town. Can "Little Jo" live and love without revealing his/her secret? 122 min. DVD 2308
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Baran (Iran, 2001)
Director, Majid Majidi. A moving and humorous love story of illegal Afghan immigrants living and working at a construction site in Tehran, Iran. When one of the workers is injured, his daughter, posing as a man, becomes the breadwinner. But a hot-headed 17 year-old local youth also working at the site discovers the secret. 96 min. DVD 2059
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Beautiful Boxer (Thailand, 2003)
Directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham. Cast: Asanee Suwan, Sorapong Chatree, Orn-anong Panyawong, Kyoko Inoue, Sitiporn Niyom. [See Transgender Characters for description] 118 min. DVD 1948
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Before Night Falls (2000)
Directed by Julian Schnabel. [See above section for description] 134 min. DVD 1071
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Beggars of Life(1928)
Directed by William A. Wellman. Cast: Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen, Blue Washington. After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond. She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, quarrel with a group of hobos, and steal a car in their attempt to escape the police, and reach Canada. 104 min. DVD X3097
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Behind the Screen (1916)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Albert Austin, Henry Bergman, Lloyd Bacon, Charlotte Mineau. Three movies are being shot simultaneously and Charlie is an overworked scene shifter. The foreman is waited on hand and foot until all the shifters but Charlie go on strike. A girl looking for work pretends to be a man and helps Charlie. Charlie discovers her gender and falls in love with her. The foreman thinks they are homosexual and in the ensuing fight they become involved in a long pie throwing scene from one of the movies in production. The frustrated workers dynamite the studio. A satire of life at a silent movie studio, a thinly veiled satire of Mack Sennett's Keystone Company. 15 min. DVD 9; VHS 999:695
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Barrios, Richard. "Silent Existences." In: Screened out : playing gay in Hollywood from Edison to Stonewall / Richard Barrios. New York : Routledge, 2003. pp: 18-19 (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA PN1995.9.H55 B37 2003)

Big Momma's House (2000)
Directed by Raja Gosnell. Cast: Martin Lawrence, Nia Long, Paul Giamatti, Jascha Washington, Terrence Dashon Howard, Anthony Anderson, Ella Mitchell, Carl Wright, Phyllis Applegate. A tough-talking FBI agent is sent to Georgia to protect a single mom and her son from an escaped convict. He goes incognito by disguising himself as the woman's grandma. 98 min. DVD 5550
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Hollings, K. "Big Momma's house." Sight & Sound v. ns10 no. 8 (August 2000) p. 39-40UC users only

The Birdcage(1996)
Directed by Mike Nichols. [See above section for description]119 min. DVD 1614
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Bollywood and Vine (2004)
Directed by Edward Jordon & Donald Farmer. [See above section for description] 85 min. DVD 5349
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Boy! What a Girl! (1947)
Director Arthur Leonard. Two small-time (aspiring to be big-time) producers are trying to convince a Chicago businessman to finance half of their show, while the other half is to be financed by a mysterious Mme. Deborah. But when Madame Deborah is not on hand to meet the money-man from Chicago, an ex-prizefighter is dressed to pose as her. Music and dancing provided by Deek Watson and His Brown Dots, 'Big' Sid Catlett and his band, and Ann Cornell and the International Jitterbugs. Drummer Gene Krupa has a drumming cameo. 70 min. DVD X4919; vhs 999:1147
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La Cage Aux Folles. (France / Italy, 1978)
Directed by Edouard Molinaro. [See above section for description] DVD 782; VHS 999:976
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La Cage aux Folles II (France / Italy, 1981)
Director, Marcello Danon. [See above section for description] 100 min. DVD 783
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Calamity Jane (1953)
Directed by David Butler. Cast: Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn McLerie, Philip Carey, Dick Wesson. In this musical-comedy set in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, Calamity Jane is a calamity at love --she's too busy cracking a bullwhip to pay much mind to dresses and perfume. But then one of her boasts requires that she go to Chicago to recruit an actress for the Golden Garter stage. When the actress arrives, the lady in question appears to be a more feminine rival for the favors of Jane's male friends...including her friendly enemy Wild Bill Hickok. 101 min. DVD 8882
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Bates, Anna Louise. "Calamity Jane and the Social Construction of Gender in the 1930s and 1950s." Popular Culture Review, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 69-81, Summer 2005
McDonald, Tamar Jeffers. "Carrying Concealed Weapons: Gendered Makeover in Calamity Jane." Journal of Popular Film & Television, Winter2007, Vol. 34 Issue 4, p179-187, 9p UC users only
Savoy, Eric. "'That Ain't All She Ain't': Doris Day and Queer Performativity." In: Out takes : essays on queer theory and film / edited by Ellis Hanson. Durham [N.C.] : Duke University Press, 1999. Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.H55 O88 1999)
Williamson, J. W. "Hillbilly Gals And American Burlesque." Southern Quarterly; Summer1994, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p84-96, 13p

Charley's Aunt (TV, 1957)
Director, Arthur Penn. Cast: Art Carney, Orson Bean, Jeannette MacDonald, Tom Tryon, Jackie Coogan, Gene Raymond. In this television adaptation of the play by Brandon Thomas, two Oxford students in need of a chaperone for their girlfriends' visit persuade a third student to dress as a woman to play the part. 82 min. Video/C 9664

Charleys Tante (Charley's Aunt) (Germany, 1963)
Director, Geza von Cziffra. Cast: Peter Alexander, Maria Sebaldt, Peter Vogel, Rudolf Vogel. In this comedy of errors and misunderstandings, a young man is forced by circumstances to dress up as a middle-aged women. Dr. Otto's friends Charley and Ralf, are expecting female visitors but the girls won't show up without a chaperone, so Otto is inveigled into disguising himself as "Charley's Aunt." In German without subtitles. 81 min. Video/C 999:2993
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Chasing the Chaser(1925)
Director: Stan Laurel. Cast: James Finlayson, William Gillespie, Eddie Barry. A woman suspects her husband is playing around so she goes to see a private detective. The recptionist is an attractive woman, but -- gasp -- she removes her wig, showing that it is a man with seriously receding hair (played by William Gillespie). DVD X6825
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The Danger Girl (1916)
Directed by Clarence G. Badger. Cast: Gloria Swanson, Ben Lyon, Monroe Owsley, Barbara Kent, Arthur Lake. A society comedy set against a background of the famous Los Angeles hotels of the World War I period. Gloria stars as a lovesick girl who dresses up as a man in order to seduce a rival femme away from her beau. 27 min. DVD X353
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Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (UK, 1972)
Directed by Roy Ward Baker. In foggy Victorian London, Dr. Jekyll experiments with an elixir of life which transforms him into the beautiful, but murderous, Sister Hyde. His lethal, sultry twin stalks Whitechapel to provide victims to continue his blood-stained research. 93 min. 999:1527
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Dressed to Kill (1980)
Directed by Brian De Palma. Cast: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon, Dennis Franz. In this edge-of-the-seat chiller a psychiatrist is faced with the murderous puzzle of the sudden, hideous slaying of one of his patients who is killed with a razor stolen from his office. DVD 8949; VHS 999:126
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Ed Wood (1994)
Directed by Tim Burton. Cast: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Jones, Bill Murray. A stranger-than-fiction true story of the early career of Edward D. Wood, Jr., the undisputed worst movie director of all time. Wood was the auteur behind Glen or Glenda? and Plan 9 from outer space, and it is during the making of these two no-budget flicks that Wood is profiled. Special features: Deleted scenes; behind-the-scenes featurette: "Let's shoot this F#*%@r!," hosted by Johnny Depp; "Making Bela": featurette about the creation of the Bela Lugosi character in the film with actor Martin Landau and makeup artist Rick Baker; "Pie plates over Hollywood": featurette on the look of the film with production designer Tom Duffield; featurette on the use of the theremin to create music for the film; audio commentary with director Tim Burton, actor Martin Landau, writers Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, director of photography, Stefan Czapsky and costume designer, Colleen Atwood; music video; theatrical trailer, and more. 127 min. DVD 3933
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La Fausse suivante (False Servant) (France, 2000)
Directed by Benoît Jacquot. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Kiberlain, Pierre Arditi, Mathieu Amalric, AlexAndré Soulie. Based on the popular stage play by the 18th century author Marivaux, filmed in a theater using vintage costumes and minimal props to help retain the flavor of the stage production. An attractive heiress disguises herself as a man as she travels for a weekend getaway to the estate of her friend the Countess. En route, the heiress, introducing herself as "The Chevalier," meets Lelio, the Countess's fiancee who confides that he isn't really in love with the Countess and he's hoping that someone else will take her off his hands. The heiress agrees as "the Chevalier" to romance the Countess. PAL format DVD (non-US standard). 85 min. DVD 1333
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Brunette, Peter; Peary, Gerald. "A Child of the New Wave: An Interview with Benoît Jacquot." Cineaste vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 23-27, 2000 UC users only
Frodon, Jean-Michel. "'Rester malades du cinma': Conversation entre Andrée Téchiné et Benoît Jacquot." Cahiers du Cinéma, vol. 596, pp. 18-20, December 2004
Lardoux, Xavier. Le cinema de Benoît Jacquot Paris : Editions PC, 2006. (MAIN: PN1998.3.J28 L27 2006)

Female Trouble (1974)
Directed by John Waters. Cast: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey. The story of Dawn Davenport-- a headline-seeking criminal who grows from suburban brat into one of the most gruesome murderers of all time. Along the way this 325 pound transvestite checks out other jobs and ways of life. She becomes a mugger, prostitute and unwed mother before turning to murder. "Female trouble" is a campy, bizarre, sadistic romp through society's outer fringe. 98 min. DVD 2222
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John Waters: This Filthy World Philosopher of filth and reigning king of bad taste, writer-director of offensive cult classic films, John Waters presents an outstanding live one-man show that celebrates his origins of trash with his signature brand of irreverent humor. Directed by Jeff Garlin/ 2006. 86 min. DVD X859
Waters, John. Hairspray ; Female trouble ; and, Multiple maniacs : three more screenplays / by John Waters. New York : Thunder's Mouth Press, 2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3573.A8174 H35 2005)

First a Girl (UK, 1935)
Directed by Victor Saville. Cast: Jessie Matthews, Sonnie Hale, Griffith Jones, Anna Lee, Alfred Drayton. A racy musical starring English songbird Jessie Matthews as a girl who leads a double life, pretending to be a boy who is a female impersonator at a famed Paris cabaret. She becomes an overnight sensation, but it also complicates her love life greatly. 93 min. 999:3144
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Flesh.(1968)
Producer, Andy Warhol; writer/director, Paul Morrissey. Cast: Joe Dallesandro, Geraldine Smith, Patti D'Arbinville. Joe, a bisexual prostitute, takes to the streets and meets an artist with elaborate and hilarious theories of body worship, a couple of transvestites, a dumb ex-girlfriend, and a friend whose armpits have been burned by a flame thrower. 90 min. DVD 6384; DVD 8867
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Flip Wilson Show(TV, 1970-1972)
Five episodes from the television series. Among the segments, Flip is joined by Bill Cosby in "Marvin and Howard," night nurse Gina Lollobrigida and Geraldine Jones are here too along with Big Bird who dances his way through a song with Flip. Also included are Reverend LeRoy, David Frost interviewing Geraldine, Bobby Darin and Flip in a fathering class taught by Tim Conway, Geraldine singing with Ray Charles, Redd Foxx as a heckler, and much more. Contents: Show 1. The first show ; Big Bird ; What's happenin' now? ; David Frost with Geraldine -- Show 2. Born losers ; The night nurse ; Duet with Gina Lollobrigida -- V. 2. Show 1. Rent a friend ; Ray Charles & Geraldine ; George Wyle helps with a duet -- Show 2. Men of the world ; The heckler & the comic ; Expectant fathers -- Special episode. George Wyle's introduction ; The horse sketch ; The Osmond Brothers ; The drive in. Flip Wilson with guest stars Bill Cosby, Gina Lollobrigida, Big Bird, David Frost, Ray Charles, Don Rickles, Leslie Uggams, Tim Conway, Redd Foxx, Bobby Darin, Lucille Ball, the Osmonds. Episodes originally broadcast Sept. 17, 1970-Jan. 13, 1972. 115 min. DVD 5346
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A Florida Enchantment. (1914)
Director, Sidney Drew. The unusual fable about a woman who discovers magic seeds that transform women into men (and men into women) DVD 644; vhs 999:1022
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Brasell, R. Bruce. "A Seed for Change: The Engenderment of A Florida Enchantment." Cinema Journal, vol. 36 no. 4. 1997 Summer. pp: 3-21. UC users only
Somerville, Siobhan B. "The queer career of Jim Crow: racial and sexual transformation in a Florida enchantment." In: A feminist reader in early cinema / edited by Jennifer M. Bean and Diane Negra. Durham : Duke University Press, 2002. (Main Stack PN1995.9.W6.F467 2002; PFA PN1995.9.W6.F467 2002 Pacific Film Archive)

Funeral Parade of Roses. (Bara no soretsu) (Japan, 1969)
Director: Toshio Matsumoto.[See above section for description] 107 min. DVD 8460; DVD 3515
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)
Directed by Richard Lester. Cast: Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Jack Gilford, Buster Keaton, Michael Crawford. A bawdy comedy set in early Rome concerning a slave who can win his freedom if he can hook up his innocent young master with the virgin courtesan next door. In one scene "Pseudolus (Zero Mostel) convinces Hysterium (Jack Gilford) to help him by dressing in drag and pretending to be Philia (Annette Andre), "dead" from the plague. Unfortunately, it turns out that Miles Gloriosus has just returned from Crete, where there is of course no actual plague. With the ruse thus revealed, the main characters run for their lives, resulting in a madcap chase across the stage with both Miles and Senex pursuing all three "Philia"s (Domina, Hysterium, and the actual Philia -- all wearing identical white robes and veils). Meanwhile, the courtesans from the house of Marcus Lycus - who had been recruited as mourners at "Philia"'s ersatz funeral - have escaped, and Lycus (Phil Silvers) sends his eunuchs out to bring them all back, adding to the general pandemonium." [Wikipedia] 98 min. DVD 623; vhs 999:232
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Glen or Glenda? (1953)
Directed by Ed Wood. Cast: Bela Lugosi, Edward D. Wood, Jr., Dolores Fuller, Lyle Talbot, Timothy Farrell, Tommy Haynes. In his heart-felt cinematic debut, Edward D. Wood, Jr. himself stars under the pseudonym Daniel Davis as a young man with a dilemma: should he tell his lovely young fiancee (played by real-life girlfriend Dolores Fuller) about his burning desire to cross-dress? She has begun to notice articles of clothing missing from her closet; the suspense builds...what should he do? 68 min. DVD 7456
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Emin-Tunc, Tanfer and Prescott, Nichole. "Glen or Glenda: Psychiatry, Sexuality, and the Silver Screen." Bright Lights, August 2003 | Issue 41

Hamlet: ein rachedrama (Germany, 1921)
Directors, Svend Gade and Heinz Schall. Cast: Asta Nielsen (Hamlet), Mathilde Brandt, Paul Conradi, Anton de Verdier, Lilly Jacobson. This Hamlet remains one of the least known partly because the title role is played by a woman and the plot also borrows from Danish legends and a German play. For reasons of state the heiress to the throne has been brought up as a boy, and she has conceived a hopeless passion for Horatio. Dying she gets the longed-for kiss from him, as his wandering hand encounters a breast. "Death reveals thy tragic secret!" 23 min. vhs 999:1970
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Hearts and Flowers (1918)
Director, Edward F. Cline. Cast: Louise Fazenda, Ford Sterling, Phyllis Haver, Billy Armstrong, Jack Ackroyd. A Mack Sennett slapstick comedy that features a cross-dressed girl romancing another girl. 23 min. DVD 1313; vhs 999:1900
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Ich mochte kein Mann sein: A Comedy in Three Acts (I Don't Want to be a Man)(Germany, 1920)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Ossi, a tomboy full of a fun-loving spirit, tired or being urged to behave like a "proper young lady," heads to a local men's store and has herself fitted for an evening suit. Soon she's out on the streets in top hat, white tie, and tails, her hair groomed like a boy's, she rides the street car, and goes to a ballroom where she's soon drinking champagne and smoking cigars, flirting with (and even kissing) her own guardian. 45 min. DVD 6815
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I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
Director, Howard Hawks. Cast: Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan, Marion Marshall, Randy Stuart, William Neff. During a postwar mission in Germany, French army officer Herni Rochard and American WAC lieutenant Catherine Gates find that their mutual antagionism changes into love. They decide to marry just when Catherine is ordered home, which presents a far greater obstacle to Henri than a postponed honeymoon. They soon learn the only way he can enter the U.S. is through the Congressional act governing war brides which leaves the resourceful Catherine only one alternative: disguise her husband as a sister WAC. 105 min. DVD X888; vhs 999:3134
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Danks, Adrian. "I Was a Male War Bride." Senses of Cinema: an Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious & Eclectic Discussion of Cinema. 12: 2001 Feb-Mar

Joan of Arc
For various film versions of the life of Joan of Arc, SEE Biopics

Know Thy Wife (1918)
Director, Al Christie. Cast: Dorothy Devore, Leota Lorraine, Earle Rodney. While away from home, Bob has met Betty and is now engaged to her - but back home, his family expects him to come home and marry Lillian, a wealthy society girl. Bob goes ahead and marries Betty, then disguises her as a young man, and presents her to his family as his roommate - a plan that soon makes things even more complicated. 105 min. DVD 1313; vhs 999:1900
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La France (France, 2007)
Directed by Serge Bozon. Cast: Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Guillaume Depardieu, Guillaume Verdier, François Négret, Laurent Talon, Pierre Léon, Benjamin Esdraffo, Didier Brice, Laurent Lacotte, Laurent Valero, Lionel Turchi, Bob Boisadan. French farm girl Camille is awaiting news of her husband, who is fighting at the front. After she receives an enigmatic letter ending their relationship, she dresses up as a boy and joins a wandering regiment in search of her estranged love. Skirting the edges of battlefields, the platoon haunts the screen like shell-shocked specters, awakening for four uncannily beautiful musical numbers played on homemade string instruments. 102 min. DVD X3883
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Ladies or Gentlemen
A revealing look at Hollywood's greatest gender-benders, exploring the history of cinematic cross-dressing, from Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in the comedy classic Some Like It Hot to John Travolta's take on Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. Other gender-bending films examined include Mrs. Doubtfire, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Tootsie, Ed Wood, Psycho, White Chicks, Big Momma's House and more. Discover the playful history of the most daring cross-sexual performances ever. Director, Kevin Burns. 2008. 53 min. DVD X2967

Law of Desire (La Ley del Deseo) (Spain, 1987)
Directed by Pedro Almodovar. [See above section for description] DVD X4865; vhs 999:1466
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Little Old New York (1923)
Directed by Sidney Olcott. Cast: Marion Davies, Stephen Carr, J.M. Kerrigan, Harrison Ford. An Irish girl comes to America disguised as a boy to claim a fortune left to her brother who has died. Based on the play and novel by Rida Johnson Young. 106 min. DVD X4474
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M Butterfly. (1993)
Director, David Cronenberg. [See above section for description] 101 min. DVD X4308; vhs 999:1115
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Madam Blanch, Beauty Doctor (1915)
Director, Arthur Ellery. Cast: Harry Benham (Bob, the college boy; Madame Blanche), Riley Chamberlin (Simon Southwick, his guardian, a rheumatic old man), Mrs. S. Stevens (Mrs. Southwick), Mignon Anderson (Betty, the stenographer), Ray Johnston (clerk), Edward N. Hoyt (clerk), Morgan Jones, Ethel Jewett. Featuring a cross-dressing lead character 14 min. DVD 5864; vhs 999:2842
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Madame Satã (Brazil / France, 2002)
Director, Karim Ainouz. Cast: Lazaro Ramos, Marcelia Cartaxo, Flavio Bauraqui, Fellipe Marques, Renata Sorrah, Ricardo Blat, Emiliano Queiroz. Born to slaves in Northern Brazil and sold at the age of 7 by his mother for the price of a mule, tells the story of the life of one of the most remarkable figures in Brazilian popular culture, João Francisco dos Santos (1900-1976). In turn, bandit, transvestite, street fighter, brothel cook, convict and father to seven adopted children, dos Santos -- better known as Madame Satñ -- was also a notorious gay performer and drag queen who pushed social boundaries in the volatile 1930s. Special features: Audio commentary with director Karim Ainouz; making-of featurette; "Seams" short documentary. 105 min. DVD X361
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A Man Like Eva (Ein Mann wie Eva) (West Germany, 1983)
Directed by Radu Gabrea. Cast: Eva Mattes, Lisa Kreuzer, Charles Regnier, Werner Stocker. Loosely based on the colorful, combustible life and career of German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, this film stars actress Eva Mattes in male drag as an obsessive, sadomasochistic movie director. Eva is currently working on a filmization of Dumas' Lady of the Camelias, and in so doing mercilessly uses and abuses everyone in "his" cast and crew and succeeds in driving everyone crazy -- and at least one person to suicide. 92 min. 999:2988
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The Masquerader(1914)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe Arbuckle, Charlie Murray. "This silent film about filmmaking features Chaplin in a cross-dressing role. Chaplin is an actor in a film studio who gets tossed out of the film for messing up his scenes. Returning dressed as a lady, he/she wins the heart of the director. Eventually all hell breaks loose, the camera gets trashed, and the sets are destroyed in classic slap stick style." [from Films About Filmmaking] 10 min. DVD X5114; vhs 999:1457
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Morocco (1930)
Director, Josef von Sternberg. Cast: Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Adolphe Menjou. In her American film debut, sultry Marlene Dietrich is a cabaret singer who arrives in Morocco and continues her wicked career by enslaving all the men in sight, but true love reaches her at last. Features a notorious scene with Dietrich in tux kissing a woman full on the lips during her nightclub act. In the movie, "Dietrich's intentions are clearly heterosexual; the brief hint of lesbianism... serves only to make her more exotic, to whet Gary Cooper's appetite for her and to further challenge his maleness." (Russo, Vito. The Celluloid Closet. NY: Harper, 1981. p.14) DVD 6912; 999:335
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Dhomm?e, Isabelle. " Dietrich, Garbo et Hepburn: Trois stars travesties dans l'Am?rique de la D?pression." CLIO: Histoire, Femmes et Soci?t?s, vol. 10, pp. 169-74, 1999

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Directed by Chris Columbus. Cast: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein, Robert Prosky. Daniel Hillard is no ordinary father, so when he learns his ex-wife needs a housekeeper, he applies for the job. With the perfect wig, a little makeup and a dress for all occasions, he becomes Mrs. Doubtfire, a devoted British housekeeper who is hired on the spot. Free to be the "woman" he never knew he could be, the disguised Daniel creates a whole new life with his entire family. Based upon "Alias Madame Doubtfire" by Anne Fine. Special features: Running commentary by Chris Columbus; over 30 minutes of deleted scenes; on-camera interviews with Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein, Chris Columbus; interview with Chuck Jones; behind-the-scenes footage of makeup tests and application; storyboards, animation pencil tests; original theatrical trailers; TV sports. 125 min. DVD 9471
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Awards

Golden Globes, USA - Best Picture - Musical/Comedy
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Director

Mulan (1998)
Directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook. Animated feature. Walt Disney Pictures. When Mulan's aging father is drafted into the Imperial army to fight the invading Hun army, she disguises herself as a soldier and takes his place in this animated musical film. Mulan's hilarious guardian dragon and lucky cricket are not enough to help her defeat the ruthless Hun leader; only by staying true to herself will she bring victory to her country and honor to her family. 88 min.DVD 129; VHS 999:2018
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Orlando(UK / Russia / France / Italy / Netherlands, 1992)
Directed by Sally Potter. [See above section for description] DVD 2364; VHS 999:1327
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Osama (Afghanistan / Netherlands / Japan / Ireland / Iran, 2003)
Directed by Siddiq Barmak. Cast: Marina Golbahari, Arif Herati, Zubaida Sahar. Based on true events, chronicles the story of a 12-year-old girl in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan who must disguise herself as a boy to save her family from starvation. The first feature film made in Afghanistan in the post-Taliban era. 83 min. DVD 2565
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Cardullo, Bert. "An Afghan is a woman." The Hudson Review 58.2 (Summer 2005): 302-310.
Russell, Lisa Marie. "Osama" Sight and Sound. Jul 2003. Vol. 13, Iss. 7; p. 16 UC users only
Wilson, Brian. "Woman as the Object of Desire: Notes toward a Reading of Baran." Film Journal, vol. 1, no. 13, pp. [no pagination], Winter 2006
Verma, Priya. "Osama" Off Our Backs. 2006. Vol. 36, Iss. 3; pg. 46, 1 pgsUC users only

Pink Angels (1971)
Directed by Larry G. Brown. Cast: John Alderman, Tom Basham, Dan Haggerty, Robert Biheller Six rugged motorcyclists gather on the side of the highway to plan an excursion to Los Angeles. Although they appear to be the burliest bunch of bikers this side of the Hell's Angels, they are actually cross-dressing madmen with an affinity for lipstick, high heels and braziers. A comic satire of biker films with a grotesque ending. 81 min. DVD X3142; DVD X5537
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Place Without Limits (El lugar sin límites) (Mexico, 1977)
Director, Arturo Ripstein. [See above section for description] 110 min. DVD 1235
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Psycho (1960)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Janet Leigh, Martin Balsam, John McIntire. Horror melodrama in which a woman disappears after spending the night in an isolated motel which adjoins an eerie Victorian mansion, inhabited by a disturbed young man and his mother. Special DVD features: The Making of Psycho, an original documentary featuring new interviews with Alfred Hitchcock's daughter Patricia Hitchcock O'Connell, Janet Leigh, screenwriter Joseph Stefano, and others; censored scene, theatrical trailers, production drawings, the shower scene with and without music; additional newsreel footage; theatrical trailers; production photographs. 108 min. DVD 1035 digitally restored); also DVD 91; vhs 999:66
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Psycho (1998)
Directed by Gus Van Sant. Cast: Vince Vaughn, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen, William H. Macy, Anne Heche. On the run Marion Crane takes refuge at a motel operated by Norman Bates -- a troubled man (with a murderously prediliction for cross-dressing) whose victims encounter a grisly fate at the hands of his "mother." Marion soon becomes the next victim and her disappearance prompts inquiries from her sister and a private investigator who soon discover the morbid bond between Norman and his mysterious "mother," at the Bates Motel. 104 min. DVD X421; vhs 999:2505
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Queen Christina (1934)
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Cast: Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Ian Keith, Lewis Stone, Elizabeth Young, C. Aubrey Smith, Reginald Owen. Garbo as the17th century Queen of Sweden, who relinquishes her throne for her lover, the ambassador from Spain. Features Garbo in male drag and interesting hints of ambisexuality. Christina's "melancholy longings to escape her destiny (marriage) and her deft rejections of a series of male suitors are interrupted in the first half of the film by her encounter with the Countess Ebba Sparre. Their brief scene together is charged with sexuality and real affection, the only such display in the film between Garbo and another woman." (Russo, The Celluloid Closet, p. 64) DVD 4285; VHS 999:2990;
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Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker (Pao Da Shuang Deng) (China, Hong Kong, 1994)
Directed by He Ping. Set against the close of the Ching Dynasty at the turn of the century, this tale of forbidden love and loyalty ignites the screen with passion. With no male heirs to run their fireworks factory, the Chai family's beautiful daughter has been groomed for the role of master. Renounced of her femininity, she is clothed like a man and forbidden to marry, a role which she dutifully accepts until a rebellious young artist becomes employed at the factory. He unleashes in her an unbridled passion that challenges her loyalty to her ancestral heritage and threatens the tradition that has bound her. 117 min. 999:2460
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Rocky Horror Picture Show. (1975)
Directed by Jim Sharman. [See above section for description]DVD 5692; 999:1002
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Shakespeare In Love.
Directed by John Madden, Cast: Gwyenth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, Ben Affleck and Judi Dench."This tale of the lives and loves of young William Shakespeare (Fiennes) explore his creation of the romance Rome and Juliet and create a fictional history of the story behind his Twelfth Night. In the story, the beautiful noblewoman Violet De Lesspes wants nothing more to be an actress, even though it is forbidden for women to be on stage during this time. She dresses as a man to try out for a part in the play and later is seen by William, who falls in love at a party where her parents intend to marry her off to dull and cruel Lord Wessex (Colin Firth), Violet and William meet. Violet gets the part in the play and soon the two of them fall deeply in love. Violet must keep up her cross-dressing, ending up acting in the play as a woman pretending to be a man play-acting as a woman." [SF Examiner] 1998. 122 min. DVD 59; VHS 999:2440

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She Must Be Seeing Things (1987)
Directed by Sheila McLaughlin. Cast: Sheila Dabney, Lois Weaver, Kyle De Camp, John Erdman. [See above section for description] 95 min. 999:2287
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She's the Man(2006)
Director, Andy Fickman. Cast: Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Laura Ramsey, Vinnie Jones, Robert Hoffman, Alex Breckenridge, Julie Hagerty, David Cross. Viola becomes furious when she learns that her high school, Cornwall, has just cut the girl's soccer team. So furious, in fact, that she takes advantage of her twin brother Sebastian skipping town for a few weeks to take his place at his school, Illyria, so she can join the soccer team there. But her disguise as her brother leads to major complications when she falls in love with her soccer-playing roommate and the girl he's in love with falls in love with "Sebastian." Based on the play "Twelfth night" by William Shakespeare. Special features: Director's commentary ; deleted scenes ; gag reel ; three in-depth featurettes ; music video "Let go" by Daivd Lichens ; pop-up video (a.k.a. trivia track). 105 min. DVD 8784
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Cheang, Wai Fong. "A Crossdressed Judith Shakespeare? Reconceptualizing the Representation of Women's Predicaments in Three Contemporary Shakespeare-related Movies." Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 71-103, June 2009
Dorwick, Keith. "Boys Will Still Be Boys: Bisexuality and the Fate of the Shakespearean Boy Actress on Stage and Screen." Journal of Bisexuality; 2007, Vol. 7 Issue 1/2, p71-88, 17p

Ski Party (1965)
Directed by Alan Rafkin. Cast: Frankie Avalon, Dwayne Hickman, Deborah Walley, Yvonne Craig, Robert Q. Lewis, James Brown, Lesley Gore, Aron Kincaid, Bobbi Shaw, Patti Chandler, Mary Hughes, Annette Funicello (uncredited). Two would-be snow studs go undercover as a couple of snow bunnies to find out what girls want from men. Will these cross-dressing cross-country skiers get what they want - or just discover that some like it cold? 91 min. DVD 8377
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Some Like it Hot (1959)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Joe E. Brown, George Raft, Pat O'Brien. In order to escape retaliation after they witness a gangland murder, two unemployed musicians disguse themselves as women and join an all-girl band headed to Miami. 121 min. DVD 939; vhs 999:362
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Awards

Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Motion Picture - Comedy
National Film Registry Selection

The Sleuth(1925)
Directors: Joe Rock, Harry Sweet. Cast: Stan Laurel, Glen Cavender, Alberta Vaughn, Anita Garvin. A parody of Sherlock Holmes with Stan playing Webster Dingle, a hapless private eye complete with an over-sized pipe and equally over-sized checks on his jacket. He dresses up as a maid in this one to entrap a philandering husband. Amongst the dross there is one genuinely funny moment – when the visitor he has been trying to impress by holding an imaginary conversation on the phone turns out to be the phone engineer come to connect him. 22 min, DVD 3559
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Stonewall. (1995)
Directed by Nigel Finch. Cast: Guillermo Diaz, Frederick Weller, Duane Boutte, Bruce MacVittie, Brendan Corbalis. [See above section for description] 99 min. DVD X4847; vhs 999:1624
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Sylvia Scarlett (1935)
Director, George Cukor. Cast: Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Edmund Gwenn, Brian Aherne, Natalie Paley, Dennie Moore. When her father runs afoul of the law in pre-War Paris, Sylvia disguises herself as a boy to aid in their escape. Afterwards they hook up with a fellow con-artist, and together become partners in crime but when Sylvia falls in love with a touring actor, the fact that she looks like a boy creates complications. 94 min. DVD 7602; vhs 999:3404
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Dhommée, Isabelle. "Dietrich, Garbo et Hepburn: Trois stars travesties dans l'Amérique de la Dépression." CLIO: Histoire, Femmes et Sociétés, vol. 10, pp. 169-74, 1999
Kemp, Peter. "Bi-Polar Gender-Blender: Sylvia Scarlett." Senses of Cinema: an Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious & Eclectic Discussion of Cinema. 22:(no pagination). 2002 Sept-Oct

The Tenant (Le Locataire) (France / USA, 1976)
Directed by Roman Polanski. Cast: Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van fleet, Bernard Fresson, Shelley Winters, Roman Polanski. "The premise: Polish-born /French-naturalized Trelkovsky (played by Polanski himself) rents an apartment whose previous occupant killed herself. A series of strange events indicate a plot to make Trelkovsky "become" Simone and also end his life the same way. In his own madness, he resolves to fight back by becoming Simone completely-clothing, wig, and makeup." [Yarborough, Melanie. "Roman Polanski's Tenant: Crossdressing as Insanity"] 125 min. DVD 1789
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That's My Wife (1929)
Directed by Lloyd French. Cast: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Vivien Oakland, Harry Bernard, Jimmy Aubrey Oliver stands to inherit a large fortune from his rich Uncle Bernal, with the condition that he be happily married. But when Mrs. Hardy walks out just before Uncle Bernal is due for a visit, Stanley is pressed into duty (and into drag) to impersonate Oliver's loving spouse. He's convincing enough to earn a pass or two from a drunk at a nightclub, but when a stolen necklace gets dropped down his dress, attempts to recover it disclose Stanley's true gender. DVD X314; also DVD 274; vhs 999:1472
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To Die Like a Man (Morrer Como Um Homem) (France | Portugal, 2009)
Directed by João Pedro Rodrigues. Cast: Chandra Malatitch, John Jesus Romão, Ivo Barroso. A transvestite tries to erase any past history of herself as a male. She dies tragically before this is accomplished and her male identity is engraved on her headstone. 133 min. DVD X6186
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)
Director, Beeban Kidron. Cast: Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, Stockard Channing, Blythe Danner, Arliss Howard, Chris Penn. En route from New York City to Hollywood for a drag queen beauty pageant, Noxeema, Vida and Chi Chi are stranded in a tiny Midwestern town when their 1967 Cadillac breaks down. When their glitz and glamour wake up the sleepy local citizens, the stage is set for an outrageously funny weekend. 109 min. DVD 8904
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Tootsie (1982)
Director, Sydney Pollack. Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Geena Davis, Bill Murray. Michael Dorsey is an out-of-work actor who makes himself up as a woman to get a job. When his girlfriend, Sandy, fails an audition for a soap opera, Michael dresses up as "Dorothy Michaels" and lands the part. All goes well until "Dorothy" falls in love with beautiful co-star, Julie, and Julie's father, Les, falls for "Dorothy." 116 min. DVD 2087
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Awards & Honors

Academy Awards - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jessica Lange)
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical; Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical; Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jessica Lange)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Film; Best Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Director; Best Supporting Actress
National Film Registry Selection

Bell-Metereau, Rebecca Louise. Hollywood androgyny / Rebecca Bell-Metereau. New York : Columbia University Press, c1993. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.I43 B45 1993)
Crisp, Quentin. "There is No Sin Like Being a Woman." Christopher Street; Nov82, Vol. 6 Issue 10, p46, 3p
Dworkin, Susan. Making Tootsie : a film study with Dustin Hoffman and Sydney Pollack / by Susan Dworkin. New York : NewMarket Press, c1983. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.T62 D86 1983)
Holdstein, Deborah H. "Tootsie: Mixed Messages." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, vol. 28, pp. 1, 32, 1983 Apr
Kael, Pauline. "Tootsie, Gandhi, and Sophie." New Yorker; 12/27/1982, Vol. 58 Issue 45, p68-75, 6p
Meyer, Janet L. Sydney Pollack : a critical filmography / Janet L. Meyer. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c1998. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.P655 M48 1998)
Munich, Adrienne Auslander. "Tootsie's Gender Act." Denver Quarterly, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 108-118, Winter 1984
Quart, Barbara. "Tootsie." Cineaste, 1983, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p40-42, 3p
Tomasulo, Frank P. "Masculine/Feminine: The "New Masculinity" in Tootsie (1982)." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television, Fall96, Issue 38, p4-13, 10p UC Berkeley users only

Torch Song Trilogy. (1988)
Directed by Paul Bogart. [See above section for description] 120 min. DVD X1157; vhs 999:1109
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Twelfth Night (1982)
After a shipwreck, twin siblings Viola and Sebastian wash up on the shores of Illyria. Viola, disguised as a man named Cesario, takes up service with the Duke Orsino, who is madly in love with the Lady Olivia. But Olivia is in mourning over her brother's death, so Orsino sends Cesario over as an emissary of love, except that Olivia falls for Viola!
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The Triumph of Love.(UK / Italy, 2001)
Directed by Clare Peploe. Adapted from the play "Le Triomphe de l'amour" by Marivaux based on the version by Martin Crimp, first produced by the Almeida Theatre Company. Cast: Mira Sorvino, Fiona Shaw, Jay Rodan, Rachael Stirling, Ignazio Oliva, Luis Molteni, Ben Kingsley. A princess sets out to return her throne to its rightful heir, who turns out to be a handsome young man, and ends up falling madly in love with him. Unfortunately, he's been trained by his mentor, an angry philosopher, to hate the princess. To set things right and win her heart's desire, the princess dresses herself as a man and begins wooing everyone in the philosopher's household, starting with his spinster sister. 112 min. DVD 4937
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Unveiled (Fremde Haut) (Germany, 2005)
Director, Angelina Maccarone. Cast: Jasmin Tabatabai, Anneke Kim Sarnau. Persecuted in Iran because of her love for another woman, Fariba assumes the identity of a man to gain temporary asylum in Germany. She becomes close with fellow worker Anne only to face danger again when told she must return to Iran. System Details 95 min min. DVD X5353
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Victor, Victoria (1982)
Directed by Blake Edwards. Cast: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras. A starving singer in Depression-era Paris is convinced by an equally hapless performer that the only way she can earn a living on the nightclub circuit is to masquerade as a man who impersonates women. Then she meets the man of her dreams. Remake of the 1933 German film Viktor und Viktoria (see entry below). 134 min. DVD 9580; vhs 999:3150
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Viktor und Viktoria (Germany, 1933)
Directed by Reinhold Sch?nzel. Cast: Renate Muller, Hermann Thimig, Adolf Wohlbruck, Hilde Hildebrand, Fritz Odemar, Friedel Pisetta, Aribert Wascher. A poverty-stricken singer in Depression-era Paris becomes convinced that the only way she can earn a living on the nightclub circuit is to masquerade as a man who impersonates women. The film provides a glimpse into the world of theatres, stages and variety clubs, up front and backstage. In German with some English dialogue and songs in English. 94 min. DVD 7149
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White Chicks (2004)
Director Keenan Ivory Wayans. Cast: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Jaime King, Frankie Faison, Lochlyn Munro, John Heard, Busy Philipps, Terry Crews, Brittany Daniel. Marcus and Kevin are brothers who work for the FBI and take on a case to escort socialite sisters Brittany and Tiffany Wilton from JFK Airport to their hotel in the Hamptons. Once there, two higher-ranking agents will take over the girls' protection. The extra security is needed because Brittany and Tiffany have been targeted by a serial kidnapper. With the help of an FBI lab scientist, the very much African-American Kevin and Marcus will be transformed to pass for Brittany and Tiffany. The agents must lure the kidnapper to take the fake girls so the socialites will stay safe. 115 min. DVD 3099
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White Christmas (1954)
Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera Ellen, Dean Jagger. Lyrics and music by Irving Berlin. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye try singing "Sisters" in camp-drag. 120 min. DVD 6757
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Why Girls Love Sailors (1927)
Directed by Fred Guiol. Laurel and Hardy short. Stan, the sailor, seduces Captain while in drag. 27 min. DVD 358
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A Woman (aka. Charlie the Perfect Lady, The Perfect Lady)(1915)
Directed by and featuring Charlie Chaplin. Essanay Studios. "Mother, Father and Daughter go to the park. The women dose off on a bench while the father plays a hide-and-seek game with a girl, blindfolded. Charlie leads him into a lake. Both dozing ladies on the bench fall for Charlie and invite him for dinner. The father returns home with a friend. Charlie rushes upstairs and dresses like a woman, shaving his moustache. Both men fall for Charlie." [Internet Movie Database] 21 min. DVD 4317; DVD 75; VHS 999:1458

Yentl (1983)
Directed by Barbra Steisand. Cast: Barbra Streisand, Mandy Patinkin, Amy Irving. Set in Eastern Europe in the early 1900's, Yentl tells the story of a young woman who wishes desperately to learn. Because of the prejudice against women studying, she disguises herself as a man. 134 min. DVD X4255
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Awards
Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Picture - Musical/Comedy; Best Director

Yidl Mitn Fidl (Yidl With a Fiddle) (Poland / USA, 1935)
Directed by Joseph Green and Jan Nowina-Przybylski. Cast: Cast: Molly Picon, Simche Fostel, Max Bozyk, Leon Liebgold. Provides a warm rendering of Eastern European Jewish life. A young woman who poses as a man in order to join a band of travelling musicians, falls in love with one of her colleagues with delightfully humorous results. Filled with yiddish music and song. 92 min. DVD 1535; vhs 999:456
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Aaron, Michele. "Cinema's Queer Jews: Jewishness and Masculinity in Yiddish Cinema." In: The trouble with men : masculinities in European and Hollywood cinema / edited by Phil Powrie, Ann Davies and Bruce Babington. London ; New York : Wallflower Press, 2004. (Main PN1995.9.M46 T76)

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Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
Directed by Darren Grant. Cast: Kimberly Elise, Steve Harris, Shemar Moore, Tamara Taylor, Lisa Marcos, Tiffany Evans, Cicely Tyson, Tyler Perry. Helen McCarter would seem to have it all. She's married to Charles who is one of Atlanta's most successful attorneys. But despite having wealth and prestige, things are not as they seem in the McCarter home. On the evening of their anniversary, Charles drops a bombshell on Helen - he's divorcing her for another woman. Thrown out of the house with nowhere to go, Helen moves in with her grandmother Madea (played by Tyler Perry), a sassy woman with no shortage of opinions and a gun that she's not afraid to use. As Madea helps Helen get back on her feet emotionally, she meets Orlando, a nice and handsome man who is obviously attracted to her. But after her experiences with Charles, Helen isn't sure if she's ready to trust a man again. 117 min. DVD 4084
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Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A. (1936)
Directed by Spencer Williams. Cast: Francine Everette, Don Wilson, "Piano" Frank, Old Hager, Spencer Williams, John King, July Jones. In this all black cast feature, Gertie LaRue and her troupe of performers arrive direct from Harlem at the Paradise Hotel on the island of Trinidad. They are there to do a show at the Diamond Palace, a club owned by Diamond Joe, who falls for Gertie. Gertie has left Harlem in a hurry and cannot go back there because she has jilted her boyfriend, Al, who is now looking for revenge. Spencer Williams plays a female fortune teller. (Williams was an African American actor and filmmaker. He was best known for playing Andy in the Amos 'n Andy television show and for the directing the 1941 race film The Blood of Jesus). 60 min. DVD X4192; DVD X4950; vhs Video 999:1222
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Hairspray (1988)
Directed by John Waters. Cast: Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine, Debbie Harry, Ricki Lake, Jerry Stiller, Ric Ocasek, Pia Zadora. Tracy Turnblad, a teenager with huge hair, a big grin, and all the right moves, becomes the queen of Baltimore's number one dance revue. Tracy's mother is played by the drag artist Devine. 92 min. DVD 1575
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Hairspray (2007)
Directed by Adam Shankman. Cast: Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden, Brittany Snow, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley, Allison Janney. Musical version of the John Water's hit. In 1962 Baltimore there are changes in the air. Plus-sized teen Tracy Turnblad, with big hair and even bigger heart, has only one passion, to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance program, "The Corny Collins Show" and is transformed overnight from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. The trendsetting Tracy aims to win the heart of teen-dream Link Larkin and stand up for what she believes in. Tracy's mother is played by John Travolta. Special features: Disc one: Jump to a song with optional sing along lyric track; "Step-by-step: the dances of Hairspray" featurette; audio commentary with director Adam Shankman and Nikki Blonsky; audio commentary with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Moran; "Hairspray extensions:" multi-view experience of dance scenes: "Nicest kids in town;" "(The legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs;" "Ladies choice;" "Welcome to the 60s;" "Run & tell that;" "You can't stop the beat;" The golden compass" preview. Disc two: 5 deleted scenes: 'Tracy's never-before seen musical number, "I can wait;" 'Edna gets arrested;' 'Welcome to the 60s alternate street segment', 'You can't stop the beat: alternate version;' 'Big, blonde, and beautiful' (reprise - Velma only version); deleted scenes commentary with director Adam Shankman and Nikki Blonsky; "You can't stop the beat: The long journey of Hairspray'" theatrical trailer. Based on the 1988 screenplay by John Waters and the 2002 musical play by Mark O'Donnell. 117 min. DVD 8672
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Monty Python's Life of Brian (UK, 1979)
Directed by Terry Jones. Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin. The Pythons satirize religion, capital punishment, revolutionary politics, terrorism, graffiti, science fiction, and a host of other topics through the story of Brian, a first-century Judean. Terry Jones plays Brian's mother Mandy (he's also that naked guy with the long white beard who zealously guards his juniper bush). 93 min. DVD 2541
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The Mouse That Roared (UK, 1959)
Directed by Jack Arnold. Cast: Peter Sellers, Jean Seberg. The Duchess and the Prime Minister (both played by Peter Sellers) of the tiny Duchy of Grand Fenwick have come up with a brilliant plan to keep their country from going broke--make war on the United States, lose, then collect lots of American post-war aid. Their only mistake is not telling their invasion force leader (Sellers again, in chain mail!) that he's supposed to lose. 83 min. DVD X1047; vhs 999:3184
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Peter Pan (1924)
Directed by Herbert Brenon. Cast: Betty Bronson (as Peter Pan), Ernest Torrence, Anna May Wong, Virginia Browne Faire, Esther Ralston, Mary Brian. An early silent film version of James M. Barrie's play about Peter Pan, a boy who never grew up, who charms Wendy and her brothers to fly with him to Never Never Land. On this island of magic, they struggle to rescue the Lost Boys from Captain Hook and his band of pirates, encountering along the way the fairy Tinkerbell, a man-eating crocodile, and a band of valiant Indians. 102 min. DVD 239
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Pink Flamingos (1972)
Directed by John Waters. Cast: Cast: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pierce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey. This underground epic, which breaks every rule of good filmmaking and good taste, set a benchmark for thebizarre that has never been equaled. Babs Johnson, a trailer park bon vivant proudly claims the title of the filthiest person alive. The envy of every neighborhood degenerate, it isn't long before another couple set their sites on Divine's legacy, and in the proud American tradition, competition forces each contender to outdo the other. "Like a septic tank explosion," this film is a "paragon of bad taste ... shocking, nauseating, hilarious." 108 min. DVD 2222
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Twice Two (1933)
Directed by James Parrott. Laurel and Hardy short in which they also play each others wives. 134 min. DVD X310; vhs 999:1314
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Year of Living Dangerously (Australia, 1982)
Directed by Peter Weir. Cast: Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Kerr, Michael Murphy, Linda Hunt, Noel Ferrier. Guy Hamilton, an ambitious Australian reporter on his first overseas assignment, is befriended by a short Eurasian cameraman, Billy Kwan (played by actress Linda Hunt), who has connections in high places. Hamilton soon gains an entree to Indonesian Communist Party leaders, as well as insight into Jakarta's grim realities on the eve of a major political upheaval. From the novel by C.J. Koch. 93 min. DVD X3102; vhs 999:782
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Bliss, Michael. Dreams within a dream : the films of Peter Weir Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2000. (MAIN: PN1998.3.W44 B58 2000)
Bonner, Frances. "Forgetting Linda: Women Cross-Dressing in Recent Cinema." Continuum, Volume 12, Issue 3 November 1998 , pages 267 - 277 UC users only
Campbell, Felicia. "Silver screen, shadow play: The tradition of the wayang kulit in The Year of Living Dangerously." Journal of Popular Culture. Summer 1994. Vol. 28, Iss. 1; p. 163 (7 pages) UC users only
Farnsworth, Rodney. "An Australian Cultural Synthesis: Wayang, The Hollywood Romance, and The Year of Living Dangerously." Literature/Film Quarterly. 1996. Vol. 24, Iss. 4; p. 348 (12 pages) UC users only
Haltof, Marek. Peter Weir : when cultures collide New York : Twayne ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1996. (MAIN: PN1998.3.W44 H36 1996; MOFF: PN1998.3.W44 H36 1996)
Rayner, Jonathan (Jonathan R.) The films of Peter Weir New York : Continuum, c2003. (MAIN: PN1998.3.W44 R39 2003)

Documentaries About LGBT Representations in the Movies

The Celluloid Closet.
Footage from over 120 films shows the changing face of homosexuality (both male and female) in the movies from cruel stereotypes to covert love to the activist triumphs of the 1990s. Many noted actors, writers and commentators provide funny and insightful anecdotes regarding the history of the role of gay men and lesbians in the movies. Based on: Celluloid closet / Vito Russo (UCB Main PN1995.9.H55 R8 1987; UCB Moffitt PN1995.9.H55 R8 1987) 102 min. DVD 706; Video/C 4717

Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema
An overview of the history of gay and lesbian cinema, from Kenneth Anger's pioneering Fireworks (1947) to Ang Lee's Brokeback mountain (2005). Packed with interviews and an array of film clips from the genre, this documentary celebrates more than half a century of queer independent filmmaking. Special features: bonus interviews (Say your name and who you are, First gay film memories, Sex, Christine Vachon, Coming out). Produced and directed by Lisa Ades, Lesli Klainberg. c2005. 82 min. DVD 6633

Lavender Limelight: Lesbians in Film.
Featuring: Cheryl Dunye, Rose Troche, Jennie Livingston, Monika Treut, Maria Maggenti, Su Friedrich, Heather MacDonald. Intimate conversations with lesbian film directors, including clips from their works, in which they explore their sexual identity, growing up gay, inspirations and techniques of filmaking, Hollywood vs. Indie and love and sex, on screen and off. 1997. 57 min. DVD 3615; also VHS Video/C 5431

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