Up 164 this week

Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 494 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 3 critic

A chronological look at films by, for, or about (or "by, for, and about") gays and lesbians in the United States, from 1947 to 2005, Kenneth Anger's "Fireworks" to "Brokeback Mountain." ... See full summary »

0Check in

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 10 Mar 2012
a list of 22 titles
created 14 Jun 2014
a list of 43 titles
created 9 months ago
a list of 41 titles
created 6 months ago
a list of 41 titles
created 3 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006)

Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema.

User Polls


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Stars: Lily Tomlin, Tony Curtis, Susie Bright
I Am Divine (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

How Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, became John Waters' cinematic muse and an international drag icon.

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
Stars: Divine, Michael Musto, Mark Payne
Indie Sex: Teens (TV Movie 2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Underage sex is one of the most taboo topics on screen. Indie Sex: Teens presents the history and role of teenage sex and sexuality on screen from Splendor in the Grass to Kids to Thirteen.... See full synopsis »

Director: Lisa Ades
Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Jamie Babbit, Jami Bernard
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.

Director: Jennie Livingston
Stars: André Christian, Dorian Corey, Paris Duprée
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A teenager copes with his sexuality on the last day of school in 1984. It shows him coping with being gay and being with friends.

Director: David Moreton
Stars: Chris Stafford, Tina Holmes, Andersen Gabrych
Bent (1997)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Max is gay and as such is sent to Dachau concentration camp under the Nazi regime. He tries to deny he is gay and gets a yellow label (the one for Jews) instead of pink (the one for gays). ... See full summary »

Director: Sean Mathias
Stars: Lothaire Bluteau, Clive Owen, Mick Jagger
The Bubble (2006)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The movie follows a group of young friends in the city of Tel Aviv and is as much a love song to the city as it is an exploration of the claim that people in Tel Aviv are isolated from the ... See full summary »

Director: Eytan Fox
Stars: Ohad Knoller, Yousef 'Joe' Sweid, Daniella Wircer
Mala Noche (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A story of amour fou. Walt is madly in love/lust with a young illegal Mexican immigrant. However, the object of his unrequited affection doesn't even speak any English and finds Walt really... See full summary »

Director: Gus Van Sant
Stars: Tim Streeter, Doug Cooeyate, Ray Monge
Grey Gardens (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.

Directors: Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Edith Bouvier Beale, Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, Brooks Hyers
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Marlon Riggs, with assistance from other gay Black men, especially poet Essex Hemphill, celebrates Black men loving Black men as a revolutionary act. The film intercuts footage of Hemphill ... See full summary »

Director: Marlon Riggs
Stars: Marlon Riggs, Michael Bell, Kerrigan Black
Priest (1994)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Father Greg Pilkington (Linus Roache) is torn between his call as a conservative Catholic priest and his secret life as a homosexual with a gay lover, frowned upon by the Church. Upon ... See full summary »

Director: Antonia Bird
Stars: Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, Robert Carlyle
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A profile of the noted and extraordinarily cheerful veteran New York City fashion photographer.

Director: Richard Press
Stars: Bill Cunningham, Anna Wintour, Michael Kors


Credited cast:
Frank (archive footage)
Nick (archive footage)
Cay Rivvers (archive footage)
(archive footage)
Arthur Dong ...
Alonso Duralde ...
Brett Miles Sanford (archive footage)


A chronological look at films by, for, or about (or "by, for, and about") gays and lesbians in the United States, from 1947 to 2005, Kenneth Anger's "Fireworks" to "Brokeback Mountain." Talking heads, anchored by critic and scholar B. Ruby Rich, are interspersed with an advancing timeline and with clips from two dozen films. The narrative groups the pictures around various firsts, movements, and triumphs: experimental films, indie films, sex on screen, outlaw culture and bad guys, lesbian lovers, films about AIDS and dying, emergence of romantic comedy, transgender films, films about diversity and various cultures, and then mainstream Hollywood drama. What might come next? Written by <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




See all certifications »


Official Sites:



Release Date:

7 April 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Fabulosa História do Cinema Gay  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Did You Know?


[first lines]
Jane Lynch: For the longest time I couldn't put a name to who I was. I didn't have an image of anybody else who was like me, and it was torture.
See more »


References The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Mildly Interesting
7 October 2013 | by (West Seattle) – See all my reviews

Fabulous! will be most interesting to people who have no knowledge of queer films. Anyone who already has a semi-decent working knowledge of queer films will probably find Fabulous! to be an OK choice to watch/listen to while going through a pile of unsorted mail. Anyone hoping to find information about films they've never heard of will probably be disappointed.

Fabulous! does a good job including many films that could be tagged L, G, B, T, and Q though it quickly passes over or neglects some that seem like they'd have a bigger role in a documentary like this.

There are a lot of interviews with makers and supporters of queer cinema. Actually it's essentially all interviews, Fabulous! is a talking head film with a few clips thrown in here and there. Some of the interviews, especially those with queer actors, offer little more than "Oh my god, I loved (insert queer film title here)!".

Ironically for a film about film Fabulous! could have been just as effective as radio documentary because it's not a film you really need to watch to get anything from. Most the time you're just staring at someone's face as he or she talks. Every now and then the talking heads are interrupted by a clip, still shot, timeline of 20th century gay history, or montage of queer film titles. The words and still images are thrown on the screen so briefly you can barely read anything or take in the images.

Over all Fabulous! (a terrible gay cliché title that doesn't describe all queer films) feels like a promotional film for a film fest, queer TV channel, or DVD rental service...Which it just might be as Netflix was somehow involved int the production.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Which movies Goody-12
Punks everay_anna
does anyone know? tonacata
Gus Van Sant ohserase

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: