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  1. Shirtless Steve Cochran makes this one an obvious choice...
  2. Ken Russell's "Crime of Passion" might not be considered a gay movie- but it has plenty of gay elements specially behind the scenes. Kathleen Kennedy leads a double life uptight lady by day outrageous hooker by night. She is China Blue who makes her clients fantasies come to life. Anthony Perkins who is way over the top plays a preacher obsessed with saving her even if it means murder. John Laughlin escapes his sexless marriage to Annie Potts by starting a relationship with China Blue- but he wants love and she has other ideas. Written by Barry Sandler the gay scriptwriter of "Making Love" the film might have been more serious than the end results. Ken Russell knows how to make sex both erotic and outrageous. The film is out on blu ray from Arrow video and it has the complete film including the often cut scene in which China Blue rapes a cop with his own nightstick.
  3. Strauss was a good actor but Nick Nolte was smoking hot in "Rich Man Poor Man"
  4. Interesting point- yes to the straight world Jim would be considered the pillar of the community who lives in a small town so the city would represent his inner gay live? Vidal had literary aspirations so he probably wanted a serious lit title .
  5. It's a Biblical reference...."Two additional themes identified by Dennis Bolin are the foolishness and destructiveness of wishing for something that can never be and to waste one's life dwelling on the past, the second of which is reinforced by the novel's epigraph from the Book of Genesis 19:26 "But his wife looked back from behind him and she became a pillar of salt."
  6. Maria is suppose to be forty so 1950's Taylor might be too young. Peter is closer to Jim's age so he would be late twenties. Robert Shaw could be fifty.
  7. Good question- the roles are Robert Shaw a closeted Hollywood star who keeps looking for love in all the wrong places.... Maria a glamorous straight lady who keeps falling for gay men and Peter a neurotic gay intellectual who drinks to much and sabotages his love life. If I was doing in classic Hollywood I see Elizabeth Taylor as Maria. Anthony Perkins would be Peter.
  8. We really need someone like Vidal now...
  9. "City of Night" by John Rechy is a very good hot book you would really have to tone down the sex to get an R rating. I love "The Best Little Boy in the World" which is very funny. I never could get into "Dancer from the Dance" maybe there was too much disco dancing. There is a memorable chapter in Rechy's book about a marine's experience in Hollywood- now that's a book that could make a good Netflix series. You are right about Vidal's acting.
  10. Yes "The Lost Language of Cranes" was a dull made for tv production (I loved the book so was very disappointed it was not set in New York). Todd Haynes has done similar material with "Far From Heaven" and the cold as ice "Carol".
  11. James Ivory is an excellent choice for screenplay. I would make a feature, get an unknown for the lead and cast some name actors in the supporting roles- there are at least three juicy Oscar bait roles.
  12. They made "Maurice" which was more their style . I was thinking these new producers and directors don't read the classics anymore. They would rather adapt something new or remake something - like the new production of " Boys in the Band" we really don't need another movie version of that play- but now it's a marketable property. You would have to find a producer or a director with the clout to make "The City and the Pillar" . It's a period piece so it's not going to be cheap. These projects usually get made in England- like "The Lost Language of Cranes" which is very American New York novel but the movie is set in London.
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