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Everything posted by jaragon

  1. 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.
  2. Strauss was a good actor but Nick Nolte was smoking hot in "Rich Man Poor Man"
  3. 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 .
  4. 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."
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. We really need someone like Vidal now...
  8. "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.
  9. 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".
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. I had read "The City and the Pillar" before it affected me more this time. The book is very daring specially on how it deal with Jim's sexuality. I'm sure for readers in 1948 they expected gays in Hollywood but not in the Army and the Navy. Vidal who was in the service makes this explicit. The young Tab Hunter would have been perfect for the lead but of course that film was no going to be made in the 1950's but I am surprised that nobody has made a movie out it by now. But this is true of many gay lit classic like James Baldwin's "Giovanni's Room"(1956) . These are works that deal with timeless themes and have not dated. Vidal always said the book derailed his literary career and that is why he had to go to Hollywood and make money as screenwriter.
  13. Gore Vidal's novel "The City and the Pillar" would make an interesting movie. I just re-read it and realized how shocking this book must have been in 1948. Jim, the protagonist is not just the All American boy next door who happens to be gay but he also does not seem to have any shame about his homosexual desire. The novel traces Jim's quest to reconnect with his teenage crush which leads him on a tour of gay American culture of the period. from Hollywood, to the army to New York high society. The book has not dated at all and Jim's romantic obsession is timeless. Vidal revised the novel in the 60's and changed to original darker ending. The censors would have never allowed the film to be made in 1950's but I keep imagining Tab Hunter as Jim.
  14. Victor Erice's "The Spirit of the Beehive" (1973) is a haunting poetic film about Ana (Ana Torrent) a little girl who lives in a Spanish village in 1940. This is a slow moving poetic film nothing much happens/ Fenrnado ( Fernado Fernan Gomez) is a bee keeper. Ana her sister Isabel attend school and play games. A traveling movie projectionist screens James Whale Frankenstein and the monster haunts Ana's imagination. Beautifully crafted the movie captures the arid Castillian landscape and the slow pace of another time. We see the action through the child's big brown eyes. The film is available in fine two disc DVD from the Criterion collection.
  15. I recently saw a clip of the awful movie version of "A Chorus Line" some of the dancing is not bad but the music should be replaced
  16. The movie is truly inept- in almost every way acting, directing, writing. but once in a while you get a moment that works- or a stunning shot of the Utah scenery. You can watch it for free on You Tube.
  17. "Don't Go In the Woods...Alone!" (1981) may be the most inept slasher ever made. One is never sure if this is suppose to be a comedy or just bad film making. A group of obnoxious hikers wonder around a forest getting slaughtered by some deranged mountain man. There is no story so we never know why the killings are taking place. The movies has plenty of bloody death scenes but they are thrown in with out reason. There are a lot of intentional funny scenes- a woman walking around a house coat in the forest but others are of questionable taste like a poor guy hiking in his wheelchair . The film has been given up a first rate blu ray treatment by Vinegar Syndrome. The print has some stunning Utah locations which could have been put to a better use. The movie has an annoying musical score which is more reason to scream than any thing on screen.
  18. I only knew him from "Mysterious Island" and did not realized he had such an extensive career. He must have started out as a dancer because he moves very well
  19. Michael Callan....
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    "Cruising" (1980)

    One of the actors from "Boys in the Band" makes a cameo in "Cruising"
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    "Cruising" (1980)

    The special edition of "Crusing" is worth getting for the stunning image clarity alone- you can really see what's going on in those leather clubs now. There are two good extras which go into the making and controversy surrounding the film. The commentary by William Friedkin is a bit dry but he does explain why he made all these choices about confusing the true identity of the killer.
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    Hot Sporstmen

    Bubba Wallace take an ice bath...
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