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Rewatching the Queer Canon, Part 5: Fassbinder's 'Moons' and 'Querelle'

Of the 40 feature films Germany's prolific bad boy helmed in his 13 year career, these 4 present notably queer protagonists. In Part 1 I covered "The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant" and "Fox and his Friends", declaring that if I were to be stranded on a desert island with only one filmmaker's work to keep me company, I'd choose the filmography of Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
  • By Oliver Skinner
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  • April 8, 2014 9:48 AM
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Rewatching the Queer Canon, Part 4: Fassbinder's Gaze

If, for whatever reason, some prophetic stranger were to approach me at this very moment and tell me I was about to be plucked from my spot upon this futon and flown to a desert island with nothing but a DVD player and my choice of a director's filmography to keep me company for the rest of my days, I would pick Rainer Werner Fassbinder. For one: his body of work is so terribly immense that in between moments of say, gathering coconuts or building an escape raft, I could spend weeks engaged in his cinema. And by the time I'd finished the final of Fassy's films, there'd be the fervour of flipping back to square one to see them all over again.
  • By Oliver Skinner
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  • March 7, 2014 12:11 PM
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Rewatching The Queer Canon, Part 3: "Death in Venice"

"Death in Venice" is a film of obsessive watching.
  • By Oliver Skinner
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  • January 30, 2014 10:56 AM
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Rewatching the Queer Canon, Part 2: "Summer Storm"

Some gay coming-of-age films introduce their romantic plot line in subtle ways - a sudden flowering of feeling between old friends, say. Not so the 2004 German film “Summer Storm”
  • By Matthew Hammett Knott
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  • January 23, 2014 1:11 PM
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Rewatching The Queer Canon, Part 1: "Fucking Amal"

"Have you seen Fucking Amal?" was an icebreaker I once used at a shitty part-time job with a new coworker who would go on to become my boyfriend. He was from Sweden and aside from it being an all-time fav of mine I also knew it had been one of his country's highest-grossing films ever. The would-be bf's eyes lit up as he replied "You know Fucking Åmål?" (correcting my mispronunciation), and thus began an extended conversation that ranged from Ingmar Bergman to Ace of Base. But most prominently, we rejoiced with one another in the total utter perfection of the 1998 picture: the house parties, the Broder Daniel soundtrack, the unrequited love… everything a good film essentially needs.
  • By Oliver Skinner
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  • January 22, 2014 10:35 AM
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