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Films on Gay Themes

A friend who recently subcribed to Netflix posted a request on LJ today, looking for recommendations of gay-themed films. I wrote a long list of recommendations, and then thought, "Hey, I should list those in my journal, as well. Other people might be interested." So here's an incomplete list of some of my favorite films (or DVDs, since some are mini-series, collections of short films, etc.) on gay and/or transgender themes:
  • Trick (romantic film about two gay guys who meet but can't seem to get a moment alone)
  • Get Real (a fairly funny British film focusing on a gay teenage boy)
  • Love! Valour! Compassion!
  • Gods and Monsters (wonderful wonderful wonderful, though not specifically romantic)
  • The Laramie Project (very upsetting and depressing, but also incredibly inspiring film based on the actual murder of a young gay man in Laramie, Wyoming)
  • Maurice (E.M. Forster's take on one young man's burgeoning gay identity in Edwardian England, based on one of my favorite books)
  • Boys Life 2 (which is actually a series of short films by gay film-makers)
  • Priscilla Queen of the Desert (which Shannon didn't like, because he said it was too slow)
  • Ma Vie en Rose (which is about a transgendered young boy)
  • The Broken Hearts Club
  • Philadelphia (about a gay man's battle with AIDS and the system that supports prejudice against those with the disease)
  • Farewell My Concubine (Chinese film that's very depressing, but very interesting and thought-provoking)
  • Tales of the City (an excellent mini-series adapted from Armistead Maupin's stories)
  • Wilde (about Oscar Wilde and his relationship with the young man who became his downfall, played by Jude Law)

I also listed a few films that are currently in our queue at Netflix, but which I haven't yet seen:
I also have yet to work up the courage to watch the 1993 film M. Butterfly, simply because I love the play by David Henry Hwang so much, and I can't imagine how they could translate something so introspective, so deeply personal, and so monologue-intensive into a film that would do the intellectual and emotional nature of the play any kind of justice. But, anyway, the film (rather surprisingly) is not available on DVD at this time. Weird.



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Nov. 10th, 2004 04:04 pm (UTC)
I also really liked Jeffrey. It's got its flaws, but the script is wonderful (by Paul Rudnick, who also wrote Addams Family Values) and has one of my favorite lines ever, with Nathan Lane as a priest declaiming "Hell? I've seen it. Cats... Starlight Express... Sunset BOULEvard!" Maybe you have to see it.
Nov. 10th, 2004 06:15 pm (UTC)
I loved The Broken Hearts Club!
Nov. 10th, 2004 07:05 pm (UTC)
To add to the list...Threesome.
Nov. 10th, 2004 08:31 pm (UTC)
"Latter Days" just came out on DVD, about a young man doing his Mormon missionary work in L.A. and falling for the beeyootiful boy next door.
Nov. 10th, 2004 10:05 pm (UTC)
That sounds fascinating. I have two cousins who are very involved in the Mormon church, and they both went on missions, and -- actually -- much of my mom's family was sort of ... non-practicing Mormon. They called themselves Mormon, but did nothing about it.

And I've always been interested in how religion and sexuality interact and affect each other.

I looked "Latter Days" up, and Netflix has it, so it's definitely going to the top of my queue of things to watch. Thanks for the rec!
Nov. 11th, 2004 12:28 am (UTC)
I highly recommend "Bedrooms and Hallways" - which has Hugo Weaving in it!
Nov. 11th, 2004 12:27 pm (UTC)
Added to my Netflix list. Thanks for the rec!
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