Queer Cinema Comes Out (1967-1976)

The Boys in the Band

This is the second of a series of posts on Queer Cinema.

With the death of the Hays code in 1967 and the formation of the MPAA rating system in 1968, Queer Cinema was ready to come out of the closet. The period of 1967-1976 can be seen as Queer Cinema’s Stonewall with:

  • The first documentary about an American gay man.
  • The first movie in which all of the characters are gay, echoing “The Women” thirty years earlier.
  • The only Best Picture to get an X-rating is directed by a gay man and it’s about a gay hustler!
  • And while we we first saw the inside of a gay bar in 1962, 1968 we saw the inside of a lesbian bar. Cheers!
  • The Simultaneous birth of the New German and New Queer Cinemas.
  • Plus the seminal movie about the rise of fascism in Nazi Germany has a gay character in the leading role and some of the best musical numbers ever to hit the screen.

1. Portrait of Jason (1967)

Portrait of Jason
Shirley Clarke

GAY CHARACTERS
*Jason Holliday (né Aaron Payne playing Himself)

A true breakthrough and a film that has improved with age, documentary filmmaker Shirley Clarke interviews gay African-American hustler and aspiring cabaret performer Jason Holliday in his apartment at the Hotel Chelsea. Jason is a S-T-A-R in his own living room. He is magnetic and he is the sole screen presence in the film. As he narrates his troubled life story to the camera – there are several songs and numerous costume changes – Clarke, and her partner behind the camera Carl Lee, use cinéma vérité techniques to reach the sadness underlying Jason’s theatrical exaggerated persona. Like so many, before and since, Jason was ahead of his time. Today, he could probably give Ru Paul a run for his money. “Portrait of Jason” is a landmark of the avant-garde cinema of the sixties.

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2. No Way to Treat a Lady (1968)

No Wat to Treat a Lady
Jack Smight

SYLVIA:YOU HOMO. DORIAN: THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU’RE A BAD PERSON

DORIAN: Isn’t that absolutely fantastic and breathtaking

DORIAN: well honestly, the suspicion of some people

GAY CHARACTERS
*Christopher Gill aka “Dorian” (Rod Steiger)

Christopher Gill (Rod Steiger) is a serial killer fixated on his late mother, a noted stage actress. Gill preys on older women who remind him of mama. A Broadway theatre owner and director, he adopts various disguises such as a priest, policeman, plumber, hairdresser, etc., to put his victims at ease (and avoid being identified) before strangling them!

“Dorian”, Gill’s hairdresser persona is, of course, gay with a classic sibilant-rich delivery. In the movie’s best scene, just as he is caressing the neck of his intended victim Miss Belle Poppie (a marvelous Barbara Baxley who has household full of cats) during a wig fitting – “isn’t that absolutely fantastic and breathtaking” – he is interrupted by the arrival of her sister Sylvia (Doris Roberts, always go good at putting someone in their place) who knows that something is not quite right. Dorian reacts with “well honestly, the suspicion of some people” – and after Sylvia’s “you homo” delivers the movie’s classic line “well, that doesn’t mean you’re a bad person”. As a gay man, I should be disturbed by Steiger’s queer turn. However, this scene always ends with me rolling on the floor with laughter.

“No Way to Treat a Lady was adapted by John Gay (!) from William Goldman’s novel of the same name and directed by Jack Smight. Also starring George Segal, Eileen Heckart and an underused but still captivating Lee Remick.

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3. The Fox (1968)

The Fox
Mark Rydell

GAY CHARACTERS
*Jill Banford (Sandy Dennis)
*Ellen March (Anne Heywood)

Director Mark Rydell (“The Rose”, “On Golden Pond”) moves the location of the D.H. Lawrence short story to rural Canada where our lesbian couple Jill Banford (Sandy Dennis) and Ellen March (Anne Heywood) support themselves by raising chickens. They appear to be happy and content. There is a genuine chemistry between the two actresses without things being overtly physical. Then out of the blue, in the dead of winter, merchant seaman Paul (Keir Dullea) arrives on the property in search of his grandfather.

Yes, there is an actual fox who keeps killing the chickens and a dying oak tree which we begin to realize is the Canadian equivalent of Chekov’s gun. Like John Huston’s “Reflections in a Golden Eye”, released the previous year, “The Fox” does interesting things with color saturation (Bill Fraker was the cinematographer) and the Lalo Schifrin score has entered the jazz canon.

All three leads are impressive and, although the ending is a disappointment from a gay perspective, the movie is well worth seeing.

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4. The Detective (1968)

The Detective
Gordon Douglas

GAY CHARACTERS
*Colin MacIver (William Windom)
*And numerous other gay characters alive and dead who names are either never mentioned or quickly forgotten.

Frank Sinatra does the best he can under the circumstances playing a policeman investigating the deaths of a number of gay men in New York City. However, the awful script by Abby Mann – doing for homosexuals what he did for Jews in “Judgement at Nuremberg” – and the mediocre direction by Gordon Douglas put the kibosh on everything. With William Windom playing the type of gay character that makes every adolescent gay boy want to jump off a bridge. Awful, but worth seeing as a just pre-Stonewall period piece. The underperformance of “The Detective” relative to “Rosemary’s Baby” played a major part in the Farrow-Sinatra breakup.

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5. The Killing of Sister George (1968)

The Killing of Sister George
Robert Aldrich

GAY CHARACTER
*June “George” Buckridge (Beryl Reid)
*Alice “Childie” McNaught (Susannah York)
*Mercy Croft (Coral Browne)

GAY ACTORS/WRITERS/DIRECTORS
ACTRESS: CORAL BROWNE

THE FIRST LOOK INSIDE A LESBIAN BAR

Beryl Reid is marvelous as “George” . That’s not her name. It’s the name of the character she plays in a beloved long-running BBC series. She is in a lesbian relationship with the much younger Childie (Susannah York) and she thinks that she is about to get canned from the show.

Enter Carol Browne as a BBC executive who also has the hots for Childie and George just cannot get a break.

Robert Aldrich does an excellent job here, just like he did with Bette and Joan in “Baby Jane”. There is a a gratuitous and embarrassing seduction scene which should have been left on the cutting-room floor but, the relationship between George and Childie seems just right and Brown is also very believable as the uber predatory suit who holds all the cards.

“The Killing of Sister George” follows in the footsteps of “Advice and Consent” six years before, only this time, it’s a lesbian bar.

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6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick

GAY CHARACTERS
*HAL 9000 Computer voiced by actor Douglas Rain.

In Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”, HAL 9000 is the psychotic gay computer abord Discovery One. The starship is bound for Jupiter with mission pilots and scientists Dr. David “Dave” Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Dr. Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood). HAL is in love with Dave and quickly dispatches with Frank and the other three astronauts who are making the journey in suspended animation.

Actor Douglas Rain nails HAL’s queer factor with some deliciously placed sibilants.

HAL I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.

Here is some choice dialogue between HAL and Dave:

Dave Bowman Hello, HAL. Do you read me, HAL?

HAL Affirmative, Dave. I read you.

Dave Bowman Open the pod bay doors, HAL.

HAL I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.

Dave Bowman What’s the problem?

HAL I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.

Dave Bowman What are you talking about, HAL?

HAL This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.

Dave Bowman I don’t know what you’re talking about, HAL.

HAL I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I’m afraid that’s something I cannot allow to happen.

Dave Bowman [feigning ignorance]  Where the hell did you get that idea, HAL?

HAL Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.

Dave Bowman Alright, HAL. I’ll go in through the emergency airlock.

HAL Without your space helmet, Dave? You’re going to find that rather difficult.

Dave Bowman HAL, I won’t argue with you anymore! Open the doors!

HAL Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye

And HAL’s Shutdown:

  • HAL I’m afraid. I’m afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I’m a… fraid. Good afternoon, gentlemen. I am a HAL 9000 computer. I became operational at the H.A.L. plant in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January 1992. My instructor was Mr. Langley, and he taught me to sing a song. If you’d like to hear it I can sing it for you.
  • Dave Bowman Yes, I’d like to hear it, HAL. Sing it for me.
  • HAL It’s called “Daisy.”
  • HAL : GRADUALLY SLOWING DOWN: Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do. I’m half crazy all for the love of you. It won’t be a stylish marriage, I can’t afford a carriage. But you’ll look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two.

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7. The Damned (1969)

The Damned
Luchino Visconti

GAY CHARACTERS
*Martin von Essenbeck (Helmut Berger)

GAY ACTORS/WRITERS/DIRECTORS
DIRECTOR: LUCHINO VISCONTI
ACTOR: DIRK BOGARDE
ACTOR: HELMUT BERGER

Many of the old German families sided with Hitler in the closing days of the Weimar Republic. Luchino Viconti’s “The Damned” centers on the Essenbecks (loosely based on the Krupp family) on the night of the Reichstag fire in early 1933. After a great opening, the film misfires. Part of the reason is that Visconti edits the film around his then lover Helmut Berger who does his famous Marlene Dietrich impersonation. However, the real destruction came from Hollywood who lopped off an additional thirty minutes on the film’s American release. As a result, Dirk Bogarde, Charlotte Rampling and Helmut Griem, despite giving their all, fade in and out of the picture.

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8. Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Midnight Cowboy (I'm Walking Here)
John Schlesinger

I’M WALKIN’ HERE

GAY CHARACTERS
*Joe Buck (Jon Voight)
*Ratso Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman)
*Towny (Bernard Hughes)
*Young Student (Bob Balaban)

GAY ACTORS/WRITERS/DIRECTORS
DIRECTOR: JOHN SCHLESINGER

John Schlesinger’s American debut is the only X-rated movie to win Best Picture. Dated now, it still has boasts two great performances courtesy of Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffmann. The gay thing is a bit primitive with tortured souls getting killed by their tricks and numerous queer types from The Village in small parts so the audience will not clue in to the more basic details of the Joe Buck/Ratso Rizzo relationship. And like “Darling”, “Midnight Cowboyis almost ruined by that long Warhol-inspired psychedelic party scene.

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9. There Was a Crooked Man (1970)

There Was a Crooked Man
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Well-Adjusted Gay Couple, Arizona Territory 1883.

GAY CHARACTERS
*Dudley Whiner (Hume Cronyn)
*Cyrus McNutt (John Randolph)

The “marriage” of Hume Cronyn and John Randolph in JLM’s “There Was a Crooked Man” is Hollywood‘s first presentation of a happy and well-adjusted gay couple. Yes, they fight and bicker all the time. However, they are clearly madly in love with each other. No, Cronyn and Randolph are not in We-Ho or the Hamptons. They are in a very poor excuse for a jail. As Scarlet O’Hara would put it, a horse jail! We are in the Arizona territory circa 1883. The main plot involves a $500,000 loot hidden by Kirk Douglas who somehow also ends up in said jail and who is being hunted by Henry Fonda‘s Sheriff Woodward W. Lopeman.

This was Mank’s only Western and it is a marvelous ride with a witty, intelligent script by David Newman and Robert Benton. The boys were fresh from their triumph with “Bonnie and Clyde”.

However, in many ways, it’s like Mank has been transported back in time to an alternate “All About Eve” with Cronyn and Randolph having taken over from Bette Davis and Thelma Ritter, respectively. Two of the greatest character actors in Hollywood history, Cronyn and Randolph play their roles with great knowingness and respect. In addition, all the while being brilliantly funny. Cheers!

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10. The Boys in the Band (1970)

The Boys in the Band (1970)
William Friedkin

GAY CHARACTERS
*Michael (Kenneth Nelson)
*Harold (Leonard Frey)
*Emory (Cliff Gorman)
*Donald (Frederick Colms)
*Hank (Laurence Luckinbill)
*Larry (Keith Prentice)
*Cowboy Tex (Robert La Tourneaux)
*Bernard (Reuben Greene)
*Alan McCarthy (Peter White)

GAY ACTORS/WRITERS/DIRECTORS
Writer: Mart Crowley
ACTOR: FREDERICK COLMS (R.I.P. 1992 AIDS-related illness)
ACTOR: Robert La Tourneaux (R.I.P. 1986 AIDS-related illness)
ACTOR: Keith Prentice (R.I.P. 1992 AIDS-related illness)

As we saw in the 2020 remake, Mart Crowley’s play “The Boys in the Band” has stood the test of time beautifully. The original adaption, directed by William Friedkin, before he made “The French Connection” and “The Exorcist”, is essential viewing for every gay man. The standouts are Kenneth Nelson, Leonard Frey and Cliff Gorman (stunning as Emory and he was straight!).

The tragic epilogue is that the five real-life gay actors were all unemployable in major roles after the film’s release and all died of AIDS-related illnesses within seven years of one another in the late eighties and early nineties.

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11. Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970)

Diary of a Mad Housewife_Frank  Langella
Frank Perry

GAY CHARACTERS
*George Prager (Frank Langella)

The last movie that director Frank Perry and his screenwriter wife Eleanor made together was their best. A wonderful adaptation of the bestselling novel “Diary of a Mad Housewife” by Sue Kaufman, it stars Carrie Snodgress as Tina, an upper middle class housewife who gets no respect from either her whining and demanding husband (Richard Benjamin) or her arrogant and demanding lover (Frank Langella making his film debut). The movie’s only sour note, a product of its times, is that Langella’s character turns out to be gay thus, explaining all of the nasty things he did to Tina over the course of their relationship.

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12. Death in Venice (1971)

Death in Venice
Luchino Visconti

GAY CHARACTERS
*Gustav von Aschenbach (Dirk Bogarde)

GAY ACTORS/WRITERS/DIRECTORS
DIRECTOR: LUCHINO VISCONTI
ACTOR: DIRK BOGARDE

After “The Damned”, Visconti and Bogarde collaborated on adapting the Thomas Mann novel “Death in Venice. It’s gorgeous if a bit slow moving. Visconti’s best idea was changing von Aschenbach’s profession from a writer to a composer opening up the movie to the magnificent Gustav Mahler Adagietto (Symphony No.5). The object of beauty, who was presented after a huge Visconti-lead talent search, is Bjorn Andresen.

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13. The Garden of the Finzi Continis (1971)

The Garden of the Finzi Cortinis
Vittorio De Sica

GAY CHARACTERS
*Alberto Finzi Contini (Helmut Berger)

GAY ACTORS/WRITERS/DIRECTORS
SOURCE MATERIAL | NOVEL | GEORGIO BASSANI
ACTOR: HELMUT BERGER

“The Garden of the Finzi Continis” is based on the semi-autobiographical novel by gay Italian writer Giorgio Bassani. His character in the book and the film, Alberto, is played by gay actor Helmut Berger fresh from Visconti’s “The Damned” and it’s a very different performance. Alberto is clearly in love with his friend Malnate a young man with imposing physicality and communist leanings played by Fabio Testi. Alberto delights to be in Malnate’s presence and reacts jealously when he senses that his sister Micol (Dominique Sanda) and Malnate may be getting closer. Will Alberto’s love be reciprocated? Of course, the Finzi Contini’s are living on borrowed time. Beyond their wall-off compound, the Jews of Mussolini’s Italy are being rounded up with an express ticket to the concentration camps.

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14. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)

Sunday Bloody Sunday
John Schlesinger

GAY CHARACTERS
*Daniel Hirsh (Peter Finch)
*Bob Elkin (Murray Head)

GAY ACTORS/WRITERS/DIRECTORS
DIRECTOR: JOHN SCHLESINGER

FEATURES THE FIRST AFFECTIONATE KISS ONSCREEN BETWEEN TWO MEN IN A TALKING PICTURE

In “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, Murray Head plays a free-spirited bisexual who is having simultaneous relationships with a business consultant (Glenda Jackson) and a gay Jewish doctor (Peter Finch). Although you always feel that Glenda’s character will “win out”, Peter Finch gives a wonderful thoroughly convincing performance. He is also one of the first gay characters to be totally comfortable in his own skin. Compared to Joe Buck and Ratso Rizzo in Schlesinger’s previous film “Midnight Cowboy”, he is positively walking on sunshine. He also gets a superlative monologue directly to the camera at the end which has never been bettered. Look out for Daniel Day Lewis in a small role.

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15. Cabaret (1972)

Cabaret
Bob Fosse

GAY CHARACTERS
*Brian (Michael York)
*Baron Maximillian (Helmut Griem)

GAY ACTORS/WRITERS/DIRECTORS
Christopher Isherwood (book)
John Van Druton (play)

It’s Berlin in 1931. The closing days of the Weimer Republic. The Nazi party will be in power in less than two years. We are with Brian (Michael York) and the delectable Miss Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) and the Baron Maximilian (Helmut Griem).

“Fuck Maximillian!” “I do!” “So do I”
Some of the sweetest words ever spoken on film.

The film is based on the 1966 Broadway musical “Cabaret” by Kander and Ebb which was adapted from Christopher Isherwood’s semi-autobiographical novel “The Berlin Stories” (1945) and the John Van Druten pay “I Am a Camera” which was itself adapted from the same work. With Bob Fosse’s revolutionary choreography and direction and Liza’s stunning performance, this is one of the Best Films of all time. Not forgetting Joel Grey’s irrepressible host at the Kit Kat Club and those amazing Kander and Ebb songs.

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16. The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (1972)

The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant
Rainer Werner Fassbinder

GAY CHARACTERS
*Petra von Kant (Margit Carstensen)
*Marlene (Irm Hermann)
*Karin Thimm (Hanna Schygulla)

GAY ACTORS/WRITERS/DIRECTORS
Writer: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
DIRECTOR: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

A landmark in both New Queer Cinema and the New German Cinema, Fassbinder’s examination of the dynamics of a lesbian love triangle were shot, in true Fassbinder fashion, over a few hours in der wunderkind’s apartment. However, “Petra Von Kant” is as powerful today as it was in 1972. Based on Fassbinder’s own play, it takes place entirely in the home of it’s eponymous heroine, an outrageously spoilt fashion designer. When a new sexually fluid young thing arrives from Australia (that would be Hanna Schygulla who had just returned to Germany after studying at UCLA) Petra (Margit Carstensen) begins to turn her attention away from her loyal friend and caretaker Marlene (Irm Hermann) leading the viewer down avenues of emotional codependency you never knew existed. If the plot sounds familiar, it was basically remade in 1998 by Lisa Cholodenko as “High Art” with Ally Sheedy, Patricia Clarkson and Radha Mitchell.

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17. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Jim Sharman

Every boy and every girl whether gay or straight, has to see Richard O’Brien’s fantastical creation The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It has been running almost continuously on one stage or another/one film theatre or another for almost 50 years since its stage debut in London’s West End in 1973 and the release of the Lou Adler produced movie from 1975. It is, of course, a GROUP EXPERIENCE with those inspired zingers going back to the screen, composed by a generation of audience members over the years, being the real entertainment. So lets join Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) as they find themselves in the world of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (the incredible Tim Curry), Riff Raff (O’Brien), Magenta (Patricia Quinn), Columbia, a Groupie (Nell Campbell aka Little Nell), Dr. Everett V. Scott, a rival scientist (Jonathan Adams), Eddie, an ex-delivery boy (Meat Loaf) and, finally, The Criminologist, An Expert (Charles Gray).

GAY CHARACTERS: Just about Everyone
Tim Curry as *Dr. Frank-N-Furter, The Eccentric Transvestite Scientist
Susan Sarandon as *Janet Weiss, The Heroine and Brad’s Fiancée
Barry Bostwick as *Brad Majors, The Hero and Janet’s Fiancé
Richard O’Brien as *Riff Raff, Hunch-Backed Handyman and Magenta’s Brother
Patricia Quinn as *Magenta, Maid and Riff Raff’s Sister
Nell Campbell (credited as Little Nell) as *Columbia, Groupie
Jonathan Adams as *Dr. Everett V. Scott, Rival Scientist
Meat Loaf as *Eddie, Ex-Delivery Boy
Charles Gray as *The Criminologist, An Expert

GAY ACTORS/WRITERS/DIRECTORS
actor: Tim Curry

MY FAVORITE NUMBERS
Science Fiction/Double Feature – The Lips (those of Patricia Quinn; voice of Richard O’Brien).
Dammit Janet – Brad, Janet, and Chorus.
There’s a Light (Over at the Frankenstein Place) – Janet, Brad, Riff Raff, and Chorus.
The Time Warp – Riff Raff, Magenta, The Criminologist, Columbia, and Transylvanians.
Sweet Transvestite – Frank.
The Sword of Damocles – Rocky and Transylvanians.
Hot Patootie – Bless My Soul – Eddie and Transylvanian.
Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me – Janet with Magenta, Columbia, Rocky, Brad, Frank, and Riff Raf .
Rose Tint My World – Columbia, Rocky, Janet, and Brad.
Fanfare/Don’t Dream It, Be It – Frank with Brad, Janet, Rocky, and Columbia.
Wild and Untamed Thing– Frank with Brad, Janet, Rocky, Columbia, and Riff Raff
I’m Going Home – Frank and Chorus
The Time Warp (Reprise)– Riff Raff and Magenta
Science Fiction/Double Feature (Reprise)– The Lips

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18. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Dog Day Afternoon
Sidney Lumet
GAY CHARACTERS
*Sonny Wortzik (Al Pacino)
*Leon Shermer (Chris Sarandon)

WITH BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, THE BEST GAY MOVIE EVER MADE
1975: NOMIMATED FOR
BEST FILM | BEST DIRECTOR | BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE | BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
1975: OSCAR WINNER FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCRRENPLAY

Sidney Lumet’s masterpiece is based on true events. On a hot August afternoon in 1972, Sonny Wortzik (Al Pacino) and Sal Naturile (John Cazale) attempt to rob the First Brooklyn Savings Bank but only find $1,100 in cash and end up being surrounded by the police. Sonny wants the money to get his lover Leon a sex change and, as a long day journeys into night, things begin to turn into a circus.

Pacino is magnificent. With Michael Corleone in The Godfather movies, “Dog Day Afternoon” is his defining role. And director Sidney Lumet, working wonders in an enclosed space, gets the scenes between Sonny and Leon (Chris Sarandon, excellent) just right. Funny but endearing. Not a trace of condescension.

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19. Ode to Billy Joe (1976)

Ode to Billy Joe
Max Baer

GAY CHARACTERS
*Billy Joe McAllister (Robby Benson)

Why did Billy Joe McAllister jump off the Tallahassee Bridge? The question we have always been asking ourselves after listening to Bobbie Gentry’s haunting song was answered by Max Baer (formerly Jethro in “The Beverly Hillbillies”) and company in 1976. The answer: because he slept with a man. Bobbie, it should have remained a mystery. That was the song’s allure. The song’s magic. Actually, Robby Benson is not half bad here but “Ode to Billy Joe” is reductive and backward-looking. The final scene can only be described as outrageous.

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20. Carrie (1976)

Brian De Palma

 GAY CHARACTERS

*Miss Collins (Betty Buckley)

QUOTES
Margaret White: These are godless times, Mrs. Snell. Mrs. Snell:  I’ll drink to that.
Margaret White: I might have known it would be red. Carrie: It’s pink, Mama. Margaret White: I can see your dirty pillows. Carrie: Breasts, Mama. They’re called breasts, and every woman has them
Margaret White: I should’ve killed myself when he put it in me.
Margaret White: He took me, with the stink of filthy roadhouse whiskey on his breath, and I liked it. I liked it!
Margaret White: They’re all gonna laugh at you!
Margaret White: After the blood come the boys….

One of the GREAT HORROR MOVIES with tremendous performances from Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie, the latter returning to the screen after a fifteen year absence. Brian De Palma’s masterpiece works, like “Mildred Pierce” and “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane”, as drama and high camp simultaneously. We feel for Carrie while at the same time reveling in her mother’s treasure chest of unforgettable lines. A list so long that it is sure to satisfy the gay sensibility of any red-blooded adolescent male! Oh, the one gay character in the movie is Betty Buckley’s gym teacher who gets the plot rolling by coming down hard on the girls (that would be Nancy Allen and Amy Irving) after the “plug-it-up” scene in the showers. The unforgettable score, one of the all-time greats, is by Pino Donaggio.

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Queer Cinema Comes Out (1967-1976): Directors Queer Cinema Comes Out (1967-1976): Actors Queer Cinema Comes Out (1967-1976): Actors (Continued)Queer Cinema Comes Out (1967-1976): Actors (Continued)Queer Cinema Comes Out (1967-1976): Writers
John Schlesinger (2)Helmut Berger (2)Reuben Greene (1)John Randolph (1)
Luchino Visconi (2)Jonathan Adams (1)Helmut Griem (1)Beryl Reid (1)
Robert Aldrich (1)Bob Balaban (1)Murray Head (1)Chris Sarandon (1)
Max Baer (1)Robby Benson (1)Irm Hermann (1)Susan Sarandon (1)
Shirley Clarke (1)Dirk Bogarde (1)Anne Heywood (1)Hanna Schygulla (1)
Vittorio De Sica (1)Barry Bostwick (1)Dustin Hoffman (1)Rod Steiger (1)
Brian De Palma (1)Coral Browne (1)Jason Holliday (né Aaron Payne playing Himself) (1)Jon Voight (1)
Gordon Douglas (1)Betty Buckley (1)Bernard Hughes (1)Peter White (1)
Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1)Nell Campbell (1)Robert La Tourneaux (1)William Windom (1)
Bob Fosse (1)Margit Carstensen (1)Frank Langella (1)Michael York (1)
William Friedkin (1)Frederick Colms (1)Meat Loaf (1)Susannah York (1)
Stanley Kubrick (1)Hume Cronyn (1)Laurence Luckinbill (1)
Sidney Lumet (1)Tim Curry (1)Kenneth Nelson (1)
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1)Sandy Dennis(1)Richard O’Brien (1)
Frank Perry (1)Peter Finch (1)Al Pacino (1)
Mark Rydell (1)Leonard Frey (1)Keith Prentice (1)
Jim Sharman (1)Cliff Gorman (1)Patricia Quinn (1)
Mark Rydell (1)Charles Gray (1)Douglas Rain (voice only) (1)

A History of Queer Cinema.

Post 1: Queer Cinema Under the Hays Code (1934-1967)

Post 2: Queer Cinema Comes Out (1967-1976)

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