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Why Is a Gay Man Hiding in Little Caesar?

That Little Caesar served as the model for the American gangster film is made all the more noteworthy by the way in which Rico is depicted, to the extent possible in this era, as ambiguously gay. Unlike his cohorts, he shows little interest in the opposite sex. When women are mentioned, he snarls contemptuously, “Women! Where do they get ya?”

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Latin Cinema Grows Up

At times Venkatesh’s categorization of Maricón and New Maricón cinema comes across as a distinction between “gay” and “queer” films. To an extent this analogy holds true.

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Film Reviews

Reviews of the films God’s Own Country, Tom of Finland, After Louie, and Beach Rats.

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Meredith Monk’s Moving Installations

Monk’s polyphonic music has been recorded by her own ensemble in eighteen recordings. Jean-Luc Goddard, the Coen brothers, Terrence Malick, and David Byrne have featured her music in films. The Kronos Quartet, St. Louis Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony have commissioned new scores.

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Short Reviews

Reviews of One Of These Things First: A Memoir, and the movies, Bayou Maharajah: The Life and Music of New Orleans Piano Legend James Booker; Jonathan; and Akron.

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Camille of Fire Island

  “A DAY AT THE BEACH” was a well-established national pastime by the turn of the 20th century. Beach colonies developed on land adjacent to waterfronts—Coney Island in New York, Atlantic City and the New Jersey shore, Mission Beach in California—all convenient to large cities. Many locations provided amenities for visitors, including bathhouse changing facilities, […]

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When the Movies Went to Sodom

IF YOUR ACQUAINTANCE with Sodom and Gomorrah were limited to what you see in movies, your impression might differ only slightly from the story in Genesis 19. That’s because the biblical version is already as farfetched as the script of a Hollywood epic.

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Short Reviews

Reviews of the movies: The Pearl of Africa and , and the book: A Garden Fed By Lightning.

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Can This Marriage Be Saved?

THE STORYLINE of The Intervention relies upon a simple set-up. A group of four couples who are friends convene at an idyllic mansion for a weekend away. The purpose of the weekend is to confront the group’s long-married couple, Peter and Ruby, about their abusive marriage. It might at first appear to be a run-of-the-mill situation comedy, complete with a lesbian couple for something a bit hip; but there’s more to this film than first meets the eye.

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Talk Like a Man

Jenkins’ film is a triptych, telling the story of the protagonist through three distinct stages from late childhood to young adulthood. This film’s episodic structure harks back to Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (2014).

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