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Okay. I know you’re thinking, ”Why 3D? What gay films are in 3D? Are there even 25 gay films that were made in 3D?”
Well, apart from the XXX-rated 3D film Reel Affirmations showed one year at midnight as a stunt, back when the festival was held at the Embassy Cinema on Florida Avenue (a moment of silence, please), I honestly can’t think of any. Still, most 3D televisions can now create a faux 3D experience. So, there’s that.
Anyway, the dearth of 3D LGBT films didn’t stop me from using it on the third installment in our popular ongoing series. I think I may have been watching Friday the 13th, Part 3D at the time….
But let’s look at 3D from a non-literal standpoint. This third list branches even further into the LGBT film canon than the first two installments, and in that sense, it achieves even greater depth. Yes, the first two times out, we had to hit the obvious notes — Brokeback Mountain, La Cage, Bound, Priscilla — but once you start to reach deeper into our cinematic heritage, new takes on timeworn themes start to emerge. Some of these films you’ve heard of, but possibly have never seen. Some you’ve never heard of, period. Some you might not even have been considered gay, yet they hold a unique place both in our history and in the motion picture terrain that defines them as such. (And bless the existence of Netflix, on which most of these films can either be ordered via disc or streamed.)
As with any list that limits itself to 25 — or 27, if you really want to get picky, as two of our items are “double features” — we’re likely missing a title and you’ll feel outraged over its exclusion. Please, feel free to express that outrage — courteously — on our website and suggest some ideas for our next outing.
Interestingly, when you take all three lists together, you have before you a remarkable assortment of LGBT films of all manner and stripe and genre. If you were to sit through each and every one, you would have not a just a sense of our history and culture, but our place in the cinematic landscape.
So without any further ado, here are some gay films. Enjoy.
Director Marek Kanievska’s stylish 1984 adaptation of Julian Mitchell’s play Another Country was the movie that introduced the world to Rupert Everett – not to mention Cary Elwes and recent Oscar winner Colin Firth. The gay Everett has said he thinks his own coming out in 1989 diminished his career as an actor. Certainly, he got off on a great foot as a leading man in Another Country, playing the role of Guy Bennett. Bennett wants to become a leader at an elite school in 1930s England, but those dreams are dashed when his clandestine affair with another man (Elwes) comes to light. The gorgeously shot, superbly acted E.M. Forster-style drama, based on a true story, is fundamentally a critique of the British class system and an exploration of the conflict between tradition and modernity. But it’s the tender gay love story at its heart that many remember best. This was, after all, a rather rare, positive portrayal of gay people at a time when ”AIDS panic” was fueling widespread homophobia. Yet here was Everett and Elwes, two impossibly pretty, preppy – normal – boys in love. –Doug Rule
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