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Get to Know Chavela: A Mexican Singer Who Owned the Room

  CHAVELA VARGAS (1919-2012) was a Mexican singer who was and remains iconic in Mexico. Chavela is a beautifully made documentary that has been playing the film-fest circuit and is set to open in wide release. Born Isabel Vargas in Costa Rica, reviled from early childhood as not being like all the other little girls, […]

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It’s a Trans World, After All!

2017 is being heralded by GLAAD as the breakthrough year for transgender representation in television and film. Despite a plethora of popular Western trans movies in recent decades, including the heart-wrenching movie Boys Don’t Cry and the cabaret extravaganza Priscilla Queen of the Desert, there is an array of outstanding foreign projects just waiting to be discovered. Here are […]

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Beach Rats

I think I saw nine feature films plus some shorts at this year’s Provincetown International Film Festival in June—and an excellent bunch of movies it was. This is not a gay-themed festival, but—this being P’town—a healthy proportion (a third?) of the films on offer had an LGBT-theme. I saw four films in that genre that […]

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After Louie

I think I saw nine feature films plus some shorts at this year’s Provincetown International Film Festival in June—and an excellent bunch of movies it was. This is not a gay-themed festival, but—this being P’town—a healthy proportion (a third?) of the films on offer had an LGBT-theme. I saw four films in that genre that […]

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Tom of Finland

I think I saw nine feature films plus some shorts at this year’s Provincetown International Film Festival in June—and an excellent bunch of movies it was. This is not a gay-themed festival, but—this being P’town—a healthy proportion (a third?) of the films on offer had an LGBT-theme. I saw four films in that genre that […]

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God’s Own Country

  I think I saw nine feature films plus some shorts at this year’s Provincetown International Film Festival in June—and an excellent bunch of movies it was. This is not a gay-themed festival, but—this being P’town—a healthy proportion (a third?) of the films on offer had an LGBT-theme. I saw four films in that genre […]

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Friends and Fans on Marilyn Monroe’s Sexuality

    MARILYN MONROE made her movie debut seventy years ago, in the 1947 vehicle Dangerous Years, and her career took off from there—thanks in large part to her five-year relationship with acting coach Natasha Lytess. Monroe would bring Lytess on-set to approve her work—much to the chagrin of her male directors—and Lytess was responsible […]

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Jonathan & Akron

  Jonathan Directed by Piotr J. Lewandowski U.S. Distribution by Wolfe Video   This isn’t the first movie to examine the family drama when it’s a parent who’s gay and the kid(s) who are straight, but it does so in a way that’s remarkably authentic and gritty—literally so, as it’s set on a dairy farm […]

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Uncle Howard

    Uncle Howard, a documentary created and directed by Aaron Brookner, opens today in New York. It’s an intertwining tale of past and present, the story of filmmaker Howard Brookner — whose work captured the cultural changes of the late 1970s and early ’80s — and his nephew’s personal journey 25 years later as he sets out to […]

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Lesbian Love in the ’70s in a New French Film

IN SUMMERTIME (La belle saison), screenwriter–director Catherine Corsini takes us to the halcyon days of early 1970s French feminism, when a small action cell of women meets to plot high-spirited “zaps” and to leaflet public streets and monuments. Into their midst she places an innocent young woman from the provinces. Solid but open-faced, Delphine (Izïa […]

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