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A Song of Love (1954)

Un chant d'amour (original title)
Two prisoners in complete isolation, separated by the thick brick walls, and desperately in need of human contact, devise a most unusual kind of communication.

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Older Prisoner (uncredited)
Jean Genet ...
Prisoner in Duo Fantasy (uncredited)
Java ...
Nude Prisoner / Hand swinging the blossom (uncredited)
Coco Le Martiniquais ...
Black Prisoner (uncredited)
André Reybaz ...
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Lucien Sénémaud ...
Younger Prisoner (uncredited)
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Inmates in a French prison are attempting to fulfill their sexual and emotional needs under the confines of their individual cells. Two inmates in particular, who are in adjacent cells, try to make that connection to the other, both physical and emotional, in whatever way they can. In their current attempt to do so, they are so caught up in the fulfillment they receive of that connection that they fail to notice that a voyeuristic guard has been watching them through the small peep holes in their otherwise solid cell doors. The guard was tipped to the activity by one of the two men trying to pass a bouquet of wild flowers to the other via their barred cell windows. The guard confronts one of the inmates. Although their encounter is primarily violently physical, each man copes with the situation by fantasizing about what is truly in his heart. Written by Huggo

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Short | Fantasy | Romance

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11 December 1972 (Denmark)  »

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French visa # 44127. See more »

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Referenced in Dong (1998) See more »

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Steamy Short!
15 September 1999 | by (Limerick,Ireland) – See all my reviews

One of the most memorable of short films, UN CHANT D'AMOUR is also one of the most controversial. Made by the famed gay writer, Jean Genet, it is set in a prison and features uncensored homosexual scenes which may cut a little too close to the bone for some. If, on the other hand, you're not a homophobe, this is a beautiful and cinematically wonderful experience, with the same kind of magical attraction as Jean Cocteau's ORPHEE or LA BELLE ET LA BETE. Highly recommended for people with open minds, regardless of their own personal sexual orientation.


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