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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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