Queer Film Blogathon: Day 1

It’s here! Today began the Queer Film Blogathon, co-hosted by Pussy Goes Grrr and Garbo Laughs. And already we’ve got a flood of entries, criss-crossing 72 years of queer film history with some of my favorite movie bloggers. Off we go! (And whether or not you’re contributing, don’t forget to sign up for the raffle!)

  • First, Lara from Backlots writes about a favorite of mine, Rouben Mamoulian’s Queen Christina, covering Pre-Code sexuality and Garbo’s gender games. “I shall die a bachelor!”
  • Next up, a trio of related posts: Rich from Wide Screen World on George Cukor and his women (including Garbo and Katharine Hepburn); Margaret from The Great Katharine Hepburn on Cukor’s beautiful queer flop Sylvia Scarlett; and Lê from Crítica Retrô with a Portuguese-language piece on Sylvia Scarlett and Yentl. Whew! Awesome!
  • Sarah from True Classics compares Lillian Hellman’s play The Children’s Hour with William Wyler’s two adaptations—one “sanitized,” the other (pictured above) more explicit.
  • Richard Finch from The Movie Projector has a refreshingly well-written review of Fassbinder’s great/depressing Fox and His Friends.
  • The wonderful Jake from Not Just Movies gives his take on Todd Haynes’ early triptych Poison and its queer twists on preexisting genres.
  • I’d never heard of By Hook or by Crook, a buddy movie about two trans men, so I’d like to thank Marc Heuck from The Projector Has Been Drinking for bringing it to our attention!
  • Kevyn Knox from The Most Beautiful Fraud in the World flashes back to his 2005 review of Brokeback Mountain. And of course ends on an image that brings tears to my eyes.
  • We’ll wrap up the first day with The Lady Eve and her piece on gay songwriter Jack Lawrence, of “Beyond the Sea” fame.

Eleven contributors, and this is just the first day. Fellow fans of queer cinema, you are in for a treat this week.

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