Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema | Chicago Reader

Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema

Produced for IFC, this documentary by Lisa Ades and Lesli Klainberg makes a fine sequel to The Celluloid Closet (1995), focusing on the explosion of gay and lesbian voices in the indie cinema of the 90s. A quick survey of pioneering art films (Fireworks, Flaming Creatures, Blow Job) and studio features (Making Love, Personal Best, Desert Hearts) gives way to a lively talking-heads dialogue about the “new queer cinema,” which embraces more complex and problematic portraits of queer identity. The video falls prey to boosterism—even Angela Robinson's god-awful D.E.B.S. is presented as some sort of political victory—but there's a wealth of passionate and incisive commentary from John Cameron Mitchell, Rose Troche, Jennie Livingston, Gus Van Sant, John Waters, B. Ruby Rich, and others. 82 min.

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