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Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006)

A chronological look at films by, for, or about (or 'by, for, and about') homosexuals in the United States, from 1947 to 2005, from Kenneth Anger's 'Fireworks' to Ang Lee's 'Brokeback ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Tom Arnold ... Frank (archive footage)
Randy Barbato ... Himself
Dan Bucatinsky ... Himself
Steve Buscemi ... Nick (archive footage)
Jonathan Caouette ... Himself
Patricia Charbonneau ... Cay Rivvers (archive footage)
Ash Christian ... Himself
John Cooper ... Himself
Wilson Cruz ... Himself
Alan Cumming ... Himself
Donna Deitch ... Herself
Divine ... (archive footage)
Arthur Dong ... Himself
Alonso Duralde Alonso Duralde ... Himself
Adam Goldberg ... Brett Miles Sanford (archive footage)
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A chronological look at films by, for, or about (or 'by, for, and about') homosexuals in the United States, from 1947 to 2005, from Kenneth Anger's 'Fireworks' to Ang Lee's 'Brokeback Mountain'. Talking heads, anchored by critic and scholar B. Ruby Rich, are interspersed with an advancing chronology and with clips from two dozen films. The narrative groups the pictures around various firsts, movements, and triumphs: experimental films, independent films, sex on screen, outlaw culture and bad guys, female romances, films about A.I.D.S. and dying, emergence of romantic comedy, transsexual films, films about diversity and various cultures, and then main-stream Hollywood drama. What might come next? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com> and Brian McInnis

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7 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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a broad but shallow survey
31 July 2006 | by armchairdjSee all my reviews

I can't say that I agree with the earlier poster who claims the film doesn't represent gay men's films. Hello, John Waters, Don Roos and any number of other participants. There are far more glaring omissions than a few enjoyable mainstream 1990s indies and "The Boys in the Band." How about the entire history of avant-garde gay cinema, pre-1960s?

Regardless, any survey this broad is obviously going to be shallow. You'd need a miniseries to cover the entire history of queer cinema across all eras, countries of origin and genres.

This being an IFC documentary, it focuses on independent cinema. That makes sense.

For a broader historical perspective, albeit a very Hollywood-focused, U.S.-centric one, check out The Celluloid Closet.


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