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    "Naked As I Came" is a wonderfully different "gay film" from writer/director, Richard LeMay. It concerns a brother and sister who are paying a visit to their dying mother. They also come across a groundskeeper/cook who is helping the mother to survive her loneliness. Relationships are very strained, to say the least. Although the brother and sister run the family business - a string of laundromats - they do not really seem that fond of each other. He's both gay and "active"; she's separated from her husband. The dying mom doesn't seem to have that much of a relationship with her children. She did opt out for country living and an uncommon devotion to flowers. The groundskeeper/cook is working on his second novel. What distinguishes this seemingly seething family drama from a lot of other seemingly seething family dramas is that the "revelations" come more or less slowly. Nobody is motivated to blast each other with this secret or that secret. So, a "very contemplative mood" settles over these people as they begin to realize where they might be going and where they might be ending up. There is no ranting and raving - just the cumulative effect of "problems". I credit the writer/director, Richard LeMay, for taking us on a seemingly slow journey that prefers to reveal problems with caution and restraint. Although they easily could, nobody is hitting each other over the head. I love the scene in which the sister discovers that her brother is sleeping with the groundskeeper/cook. She simply says, "Why can't you be alone?" The acting cannot be faulted - the actors weave a hypnotic spell. They are Benjamin Weaver, as Ted, who simply accepts the fact that he needs a man - a lot. Karmine Ulers, as Laura, who works really hard to control her anger. Lue McWilliams, as Lilly, who would have liked to have been a much better mom. And Ryan Vigilant, as Elliot, who is harboring a dire secret of his own. See this one, it is really a breath of fresh air.
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    Those Innocent, Bygone Days!

    Love this one -
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    TopBilled’s Essentials

    Beautiful review, maybe you can resurrect the reputation of this film.
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    "Sunday Bloody Sunday"

    Yes, Murray Head is much too young to be dating Glenda Jackson or Peter Finch. Unless, of course, he might be into older people who might take care of him. However, he is obviously a business enterpeuneur. He works with a team of three co-workers. I would guess that he doesn't need Daniel or Alec to take care of him. As to your second point, the little girl is clearly upset over the death of her dog - and the dog's death was obviously accidental. When Alec begins to yell at her, the little girl runs away in tears. She knows that she was wrong to run with the dog into the road where there was obvious traffic. She's a very intelligent little girl and already know that she was acting stupidly. However, her parents have promised her a new dog so as to wash the grief of the incident away.
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    "Sunday Bloody Sunday"

    This film is about a handsome young man who divides his time between a woman and a man. It is beautifully realized by John Schlesinger in the most unemphatic way - nothing is pushed or lingered over. It just happens with little or no explanation. How do you explain a young man's sexual attraction to two decidedly older people with whom he has nothing in common? It's a "mystery" that remains a "mystery". The film does seem tipped in the older man's direction. Despite the fact that he is older - and would probably have a partner by this time - he seems genuinely happy. The older woman doesn't seem as happy and even sleeps with one of her clients. As I said, what happens in this film simply washes over you. Nobody is coming up with an over-all and convincing explanation. The actors - Peter Finch, Glenda Jackson and Murray Head - are quite convincing - and quite attractive, too. The direction is superb throughout and tells its' complicated story simply. If you want an explanation, you will have to go elsewhere. The mysteries of the heart are mysterious indeed. In the end, the young man, Bob Elkin, leaves for America in the hope of promoting one of his artistic projects. Alex Greville (Glenda Jackson) and Daniel Hirsch (Peter Finch) take it in stride. Daniel Hirsch gives his famous monologue at the end to the camera in which he tell us that Bob wasn't the man that he had been looking for, but - "we were something". What exactly? You are left with your own answer. What would Daniel and Alex say? That they lost a lover, a friend, a diversion?
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    Those Innocent, Bygone Days!

    The swimsuit with the largely exposed derriere and the well-covered crotch should be a collector's item. Obviously the designer was more interested in the delights of the derriere.
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    Random Alerts!

    Today, on TCM, two early Tab Hunter flicks that start at 12:30 in the afternoon - "The Steel Lady" (1953) and "Return To Treasure Island" (1954) - he was one of the most handsome men to ever grace the silver screen - and he had an extremely masculine presence on the silver screen, too. Usually seen as a sex symbol for young girls in the '50's, he was that - and more. Jack Warner, who never asked him about his sexual orientation, was a fan. And he was one of the few stars to have actually survived a "Confidential" magazine expose. I would like to recommend the current documentary, "Tab Hunter Confidential". Despite the hostile environment at the time of his stardom, Mr. Hunter rarely addressed his sexuality, he managed to survive and be remembered. An icon today, for gay men everywhere, who insisted on a life AND a career. And who understood that "gay" did not mean "fairy".
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    "Sunday Bloody Sunday"

    "Sunday Bloody Sunday" was a very courageous film. Homosexual acts were decriminalized in England in 1967. The film was released in 1971.
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    Memorable Music!

    Bronski Beat and Marc Almond - "I Feel Love"/"Johnny Remember Me" - listen to second version first -
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    Photos That Demand A Caption!

    Does anyone like lollipops?!
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    Photos That Demand A Caption!

    "Are you seeing anybody?"
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    A few years later. But, alas, not for long. 1981-1983?
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    I Just Watched...

    Here is a film that should have ended up on the shelf - collecting dust for eternity! Its' unique badness cannot be described - it must be experienced.
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    the most silly little movie myths

    That Phyllis Gates, secretary to the notorious agent, Henry Willson, entered into her marriage with Rock Hudson, not knowing that he was a full-fledged homosexual.
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    Handsome men who did not become movie stars

    Gregory Bradford has to be seen in the NUDE.
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    And gay - oh, so gay.
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    TCM and Other Sources for Classic Film

    I remember seeing it in a revival house in the West Village (NYC). The audience was shocked into silence.
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    "After Dark" had a glorious first run - and then ceased publication. It was primarily targeted to young gay men. Later, it came back - but its' glory days were gone - and eventually it disappeared.
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    TCM and Other Sources for Classic Film

    "The Story of Temple Drake" - how did they get away with this one?
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    Male Beauty In The Movies

    Throughout the years in the movies, there have been many, many examples of actors who became a major component in a film's success due to their youth, beauty and charm. And most of them have gone on to become genuine stars, too. It can be said of these actors that "The camera loved them." And they, in turn, responded without restraint to the camera. Whether they could act or not was never that important. Because what they brought to the camera - in terms of their over-all presence - was always an indelible ingredient of any film that they chose to inhabit. And, here is just one early example:
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    No Words

    Yes, please, do not miss "The Hanging Tree". I would love to see the scenes that were probably cut. The ending in which Coop seems torn between Maria Schell and Ben Piazza is "a phoney", because the film has already established that he prefers Ben Piazza.
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    No Words

    Below, John David Carson as the gorgeous young man who saves us from the giant ants in "Empire of the Ants" (1977) - unfortunately, not fast enough, the star, Joan Collins, gets eaten by a giant ant (?!) -
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    TCM and Other Sources for Classic Film

    "My Reputation" - who could forget Barbara Stanwyck and George Brent in this one - the film has a remarkable supporting cast.
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    No Words

    Gary Cooper and Ben Piazza - unforgettable - a film that desperately wanted to be gay.
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    TCM and Other Sources for Classic Film

    But, at least, we do have "Midnight Lace" in the line-up. It should have been on earlier, though.

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